Monday, September 26, 2011

Andrzej Przybielski & Oles Brothers – De Profundis (Fenomedia, 2011) by Adam Baruch

Andrzej Przybielski & Oleś Brothers
Andrzej Przybielski - trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet, pocket trumpet

Marcin Oles - double bass
Bartlomiej Brat Oles - drums

De Profundis (Fenomedia, 2011)

(Editor) Already described on this blog this recording deservedly receives a lot of attention as much in Poland as worldwide. That is evidenced by this very favorable review by Israeli-based Adam Baruch (check his music boutique  

Recently deceased Polish trumpeter / composer Andrzej Przybielski was without a doubt one of the greatest Polish Jazz musicians of all times. This fact is known only to a very small group of "insiders", familiar with his playing and his role in history of Polish Jazz, mostly on the avant-garde scene, but nevertheless is an undeniable fact. Przybielski was a genius in every respect. His eccentric personality, erratic behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, lack of basic life and organizational skills have placed him on the outskirts of society and only when on stage or in a recording studio his figure would be surrounded by a divine aura and his trumpet would utter some of the most profound sounds ever produced by a human. It's hardly surprising that his recorded legacy is truly pitiful and a "career" spanning over 50 years did not produce even one proper recording as a leader. I feel especially lucky in this case, as Przybielski did play on my "The Book Of Job" production, contributing another small document of his amazing talents.

In the last decade of his life Przybielski was associated with the Oles Brothers: bassist Marcin Oles and drummer Barlomiej Brat Oles, Poland's most formidable Free Jazz rhythm section. This album features a live trio performance by Przybielski with the Oles Brothers, recorded in April 2010 (10 months before his death). They perform five pieces, three of which are credited to Przybielski and the other two to the trio. The music is perfectly suited for the extended improvisations by all the participants, which are the basis of this music. The recording and sound qualities are very good, which adds greatly to the overall effect. The level of musicianship is of course phenomenal and this album ranks among the best Free Jazz albums recently recorded that I happened to listen to. Every moment is simply breathtaking, every sound just right, every note magnificent. Having said that, the fact that Przybielski is no longer with us makes me franticly regret the fact that more such music was not recorded. This is an absolute must and all those Tomasz Stanko fans out there, please listen to this music and discover his unknown soul brother. Brilliant!

"Afroblue" from this album:

Author: Adam Baruch

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