Monday, February 20, 2012

Sing Sing Penelope – We Remember Krzeselko (2008) by Adam Baruch

Sing Sing Penelope (band)

Tomasz Glazik - tenor & baritone saxophones, flute, synth
Wojciech Jachna - trumpet, flugelhorn
Daniel Mackiewicz - electric piano, synth, organ, percussion
Patryk Węcławek - bass, double bass, percussion
Rafał Gorzycki - drums
Sebastian Gruchot - violin (track 1,3,4,7)

We Remember Krzeselko (2008)

This is the 3rd album by excellent Polish ensemble Sing Sing Penelope, led by drummer / composer Rafal Gorzycki, one of the most versatile and diligent Polish musicians, who also created and leads other ensembles, like Ecstasy Project. Gorzycki incorporates Jazz tradition with contemporary Classical music, Avant-garde, Rock, Punk and a myriad of other genres and sub-genres, completely ignoring conventions, like many of his Polish contemporaries on the off-centre music scene. 

His recording legacy in the last decade is quite prolific, presenting many quite contrasting, but always intriguing musical vistas. This album is definitely one of the most interesting of his recordings, and one of the best albums coming out of Poland in the first decade of the 21st Century. On this album the ensemble includes trumpeter Wojciech Jachna, saxophonist Tomasz Glazik, keyboardist Daniel Mackiewicz and bassist Patryk Weclawek. Violinist Sebastian Gruchot guests on four tracks. The music, all original of course, is a stunning amalgam of Modern Jazz, Avant-Rock, RIO, contemporary Classical; in short completely beyond classification. Somehow all this makes perfect sense musically and leaves the innocent listener completely stunned. The strange thing is that this music might appeal to Jazz and Rock (especially Progressive Rock) audiences with equal might, but certainly it's extremely unlikely someone might stay indifferent to it.

In short this is a blast of an album, which took me by complete surprise and made me return to it several times already. As to the album's title, I have no idea what the ensemble really meant, even after watching the short video included on the album, but my guess would be that it's a pun on the many Polish Jazz albums dedicated to the memory of Krzysztof Komeda, including the famous "We`ll Remember Komeda" album? In any case this album is an absolute must!

Track listing: 1. "No Title" – 06:35; 2. "James Bond" – 07:25; 3. "Talkin'" – 04:05; 4. "Farewell Dutch Hering" – 10:24; 5. "It Has Just Begun, Doctor" – 10:28; 6. "Third Man On The Moon" – 07:43




By Adam Baruch

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