Friday, February 17, 2012

Custom Trio / Andrzej Przybielski – Free Bop (Polonia Records, 2000)

Andrzej Przybielski - trumpet, flugelhorn

Custom Trio (band)
Krzysztof Kapel - tenor & soprano sax
Marcin Oleś - bass
Bartłomiej Brat Oleś - drums

Free Bop (Polonia Records, 2000)

This is probably the best album recorded by the recently deceased Polish trumpet virtuoso / composer Andrzej Przybielski, who remains largely unknown to most Jazz aficionados even in his native country. An eccentric and outsider, Przybielski was blessed with an incredible talent, which unfortunately was recognized only by very few connoisseurs. This studio recording, obviously well planned and relaxed, allows the great trumpeter to relax fully and play his heart out to the fullest, accompanied by excellent musicians worthy of his company, which are called Custom Trio. The trio consists of saxophonist Krzysztof Kapel and the Oles Brothers: bassist Marcin Oles and drummer Bartlomiej Brat Oles – Poland's Free Jazz most notable rhythm section. Together as a quartet they perform nine original compositions, five of which were composed by Przybielski and the remaining four by B.B. Oles.

The performances are absolutely stellar and the album is one of the best Polish (and definitely not only Polish) Jazz albums ever recorded. As much as that sounds overblown, if you can listen to this music, you'll be instantly convinced. Any other player placed opposite (or side by side) a genius like Przybielski is in a great danger of appearing pale. Luckily Kapel is capably to blow like only a few can, matching everything that Przybielski plays with a vengeance. This is simply unbelievable music, which stands easily opposite such legendary sessions as the early Ornette Coleman with Don Cherry. In short this is essential Jazz, which can only be played by a very small group of exceptionally gifted players, which is definitely the case here. Brilliant!

1. A.P. Custom Signal; 2. Free Bop; 3. Motyw romantyczny; 4. Vertigo; 5. Sweet Music; 6. Hasło; 7. W Arce; 8. Requiem in Blue; 9. Crazy Corps

By Adam Baruch

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