Friday, February 10, 2012

Wojciech Staroniewicz – Handmade (Allegro Records, 2002)

Wojciech Staroniewicz - tenor and soprano saxophones

Cezary Paciorek - accordion
Maciej Grzywacz - guitar
Piotr Lemańczyk - bass
Tomasz Sowiński - drums 

Handmade (Allegro Records, 2002)

This is a beautiful album by Polish saxophonist / composer Wojciech Staroniewicz, recorded with his quintet, which is somewhat unusual, as it also includes accordionist Cezary Paciorek, a rare combination these days. The other musicians are: guitarist Maciej Grzywacz, bassist Piotr Lemanczyk and drummer Tomasz Sowinski. These are all excellent and experienced players, so the result is spotless on the technical front as well as very interesting from the musical standpoint. Staroniewicz has a wonderfully worm tone on his tenor saxophone and an unusually melodic approach, which does not diminish his improvisational qualities, which are truly impressive. The accordion adds a wonderful fuzzy "old time feel" to the entire session, and the Fusion guitar solos are a nice contrast. The music is mostly original with just two standards included for good measure. Overall this album is a lot of fun to listen to and a great proof that solid, melodic Jazz can be also of high quality and interest. Most warmly recommended to love their mainstream Jazz with a twist!

Author: Adam Baruch

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