Monday, February 20, 2012

Kazimierz Jonkisz – Tiritaka (Polish Jazz Vol.62, 1980)

Kazimierz Jonkisz - drums

Krzesimir Debski - electric violin
Andrzej Olejniczak - tenor and soprano saxophone
Janusz Skowron - Piano
Andrzej Lukasik - Bass

Tiritaka (Polish Jazz Vol.62, 1980)

This is an excellent album by a Polish Jazz quintet, led by veteran drummer Kazimierz Jonkisz (ex-Zbigniew Namyslowski quintet). The quintet's two soloists are: the young brilliant violinist Krzesimir Debski (shortly before he formed his own group String Connection, which would dominate the Polish scene in the first half of the 1980s) and saxophonist Andrzej Olejniczak, who fronted the most important Polish groups in the 1970s like Extra Ball and Sun Ship. They are joined by pianist Janusz Skowron (also future member of String Connection and later for many years with Tomasz Stanko) and a young bassist Andrzej Lukasik. Of the six tracks on the album, five were composed by Debski, who already at that time was a most promising composer in addition to his virtuoso violin performances. Packed with talent and great music, this is a superb example of modern Polish Jazz at its best and one of the strongest albums in the legendary Polish Jazz series. The harmonizing between the violin and soprano saxophone creates an unbelievable sound, which has very few parallels on record. This is a must to all Polish Jazz lovers and anybody interested in European Jazz in general.

1. Tiritaka (Krzesimir Debski) 6:09; 2. We're All Waiting (Krzesimir Debski) 9:14; 3. For Slawosz (Krzesimir Debski) 5:20; 4. Tuohitorvi (Krzesimir Debski) 8:32; 5. Joewer (Krzesimir Debski) 8:02; 6. For Marc (Kazimierz Jonkisz) 3:03

By Adam Baruch

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