Friday, March 30, 2012

Tomasz Szukalski - Tina Kamila (Polish Jazz Extended Vol. 83, 2005)

Tomasz Szukalski - tenor sax

Czesław Bartkowski - drums
Dariusz Oleszkiewicz - double bass
Wojciech Karolak - piano
Grand Standard Orchestra Jana Pt. Wróblewskiego

Tina Kamila (Polish Jazz Extended Vol. 83)  

This wonderful album is the debut recording as a leader by Polish Jazz saxophonist / composer Tomasz Szukalski, one of the veterans of the local scene. Although Szukalski has been active on the scene for many years and participated in many recordings, the opportunity to make an album under his own name came only relatively late in his career path. This album is quite a surprise in many respects, as it presents Szukalski playing Jazz standards accompanied by the Grand Standard Orchestra led and conducted by Jan "Ptaszyn" Wroblewski. His tenor sounds absolutely marvelous against the orchestra's strings and the album is one of the most beautifully melodic Polish Jazz releases. Stylistically the album resembles similar sax and strings recordings, such as those by Ben Webster for example, and Szukalski's virtuosity and incredible feel easily match those of the legendary Jazz Masters. He is accompanied by a great rhythm section with pianist Wojciech Karolak, bassist Dariusz Oleszkiewicz and drummer Czeslaw Bartkowski. The music comprises mostly of Jazz standards, but includes also compositions by Polish Jazz composers like Karolak, Wroblewski, Bronislaw Suchanek and one tune by the Szukalski himself. In retrospect this album lost nothing of its power and intrinsic beauty, and any Jazz lover in the world should be able to enjoy it wholeheartedly. Brilliant stuff!

Track listing: 1. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (Mann, Hilliard); 2. Laura (D. Raskin); 3. Like Someone In Love (Burke, Van Heussen); 4. Dolej olej (J. Pt. Wróblewski); 5. In A Sentimental Mood (Ellington, Mills); 6. Stardust (H. Carmichael); 7. Lonesome Dancer (B. Suchanek); 8. Ballada o spełnionych snach (W. Karolak); 9. My One And Only Love (Mellin, Wood); 10. Tina Kamila

By Adam Baruch

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