Saturday, May 12, 2012

Andrzej Olejniczak & Inaki Salvator Quartet - Catch (1994)

Andrzej Olejniczak & Inaki Salvator Quartet 

Andrzej Olejniczak - saxophone
Iñaki Salvador - piano
Jordi Gaspar - double bass
David Xirgu - drums

Catch (1994)



I recently got few albums of Andrzej Olejniczak released after he emmigrated to Spain and I am more and more convinced that Polish scene suffered great loss with his departure. Since these discs are simply excellent! As only consolation it comes that Olejniczak eventually was also appreciated in new country of his residence as this album became according to local critics "Best Jazz Album" in Spain in 1994. Remarkable achievement if somewhat bitter from Polish point of view...

"Catch" was recorded with pianist Inaki Salvador, champion of Basque jazz scene but elsewhere no name like other muscians appearing on this CD that is Jordi Gaspar on double bass and David Xirgu on drums. Certainly they provide decent background but without Olejniczak blasting horn it would be yet another disc among thousands of mainstream records. With him however it is something more than that: it is personal journey to musical world of very talented artist who with his instrument have something to say about basic human emotions, enlivens them and transcends allowing full musicial catharsis. Wholeheartedly recommended!



Track listing:
1. De vispera (8'50)..........................Iñaki Salvador
2. 33 (8'32).....................................Andrzej Olejniczak
3. Mind (7'30)..................................Iñaki Salvador
4. La ultima oportunidad (7'04)..........Andrzej Olejniczak
5. En marzo (8'41)...........................Iñaki Salvador
6. Radkowi (8'50).............................Andrzej Olejniczak
7. Cedar's blues (8'11).....................Cedar Walton

By Maciej Nowotny
http://kochamjazz.blox.pl/html

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