Monday, February 13, 2012

Andrzej Przybielski - Abstracy (Not Two, 2005) by Adam Baruch

Andrzej Przybielski - trumpet, fluegelhorn, pocket trumpet

Marcin Oleś - double bass
Bartłomiej Brat Oleś - drums, bells, gong

Abstracy (Not Two, 2005)

This is the first album recorded by Polish avant-garde Jazz trumpeter / composer Andrzej Przybielski with the fantastic rhythm section of Oles Brothers: bassist Marcin Oles and drummer Bartlomiej Brat Oles, and a unique document of the genius of Przybielski at work. The sessions, completely spontaneous and unplanned, capture on the spot improvisations by the trio, based of sketchy melodies and somewhat chaotic instruction given to the two "youngsters" by the legendary player seconds before the music starts. The relaxed atmosphere of this sessions and apparent good mood of the leader (the tape keeps running when he makes his little jokes) results in some of the best moments of Przybielski's playing ever, full of energy, Godly inspiration and great talent. Unfortunately with Przybielski's untimely death in February 2011, all we have lest are his rather scarce recordings, which should be cherished for generations to come. It's interesting to compare this recording with the posthumously released "De Profundis", recorded by the same trio, some seven years apart. Some of the music on both recordings originated in the same themes, but is completely different of course. This music is an absolute treasure in every respect and one can only hope that more people will discover this music, now saved for posterity. Absolute must to all avant-garde Jazz connoisseurs!

Track list: 1. Openscat; 2. Ride; 3. Afroblue; 4. Skok; 5. Ballada; 6. Epitafium dla Jacka; 7. Cherry; 8. Afroblue II; 9. Final

Different band and music but presence of Andrzej Przybielski as overwhelming as ever...

By Adam Baruch

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