Monday, September 19, 2011

Leszek Mozdzer - Komeda (ACT, 2011) by John Fordham

Leszek Możdżer - piano

Komeda (ACT, 2011)

(Editor) Leszek Możdżer newest album "Komeda" remains in focus of public and critics not only in Poland but also throughout Europe which proved by many reviews, among them this interesting one recently published in Guardian:

Germany's ACT label seems to be on a mission to introduce the world to Europe's rising newjazz-classical pianists. Polish pianist Leszek Możdżer is classically trained, but discovered jazz in his late teens. His solo debut for the label is, fittingly, a homage to one of Polish music's legends, the short-lived jazz pianist and movie-score composer Krzysztof Komeda. All eight pieces are Komeda's, and Możdżer gives them a romantic sheen (though one that's abraded by a dissonant urgency) the composer would have understood. The opening Svantetic develops from brightly dancing lines to demonic chordal percussiveness. Low, booming resonances softly boil beneath the tricklingly poignant, then threateningly spiky Sleep Safe and Warm (written for Polanski's film Rosemary's Baby), while the skipping, boppish Cherry is a rare upbeat number. Możdżer's swaying swing and slow-melody nuances suggest Keith Jarrett at times, but his outbursts of percussive playing, flinty treble-note sparks and staccato drum-pattern sounds are all his own. The pianist stops dead in the midst of the closing Moja Ballada, as if in acknowledgement of Komeda's sudden (and mysterious) death in 1969, at the age of 38.

Please listen to tune titled "Sleep Safe And Warm" from this record:

Text: John Fordham

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