Monday, November 21, 2011

Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski - Jazz Trio (2003)

Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski – tenor saxophone
Jazz Trio
Bogusław Kutnik – piano
Jarek Michaluk – bass
Sebastian Urban – drums
Polonia Records, 2003

Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski (saxophones) is living legend of Polish Jazz and his biography (which you can find here) may be read as concise history of Polish jazz. Since his debut in 1956 he played with... everybody in Polish jazz and make an invaluable contribution not only to our jazz but also film, pop and many other musical genres. Although long ago he ceased to be creative force in Polish jazz he is still active as an educator, journalist, juror in jazz contests (like Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa). Truly fantastic effort taking into consideration that he is not the youngest among our jazz pack. 

Moreover, he still records valuable music which is evidenced by this record issued in 2003 with Bogusław Kutnik (piano), Jarek Michaluk (bass) and Sebastian Urban (drums). This trio is at its best only a background for Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski talent. But somehow even on this setting Jan Ptaszyn's horn manages to catch attention and warm our heart. Very much alike Sonny Rollins who recently has come back with couple of new recordings which may be called sentimental rehearsal of great years of bop, Jan Ptaszyn with this album proves that he remains in good form and regardless passing years he still retains his own, unchanged and unmistakable sound.

Please check this video to see how this old master plays (although with different personnel):

Author of text: Maciej Nowotny

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