Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kulenty / Masecki - Przeslanie (2006)

Kulenty / Masecki

Michał Kulenty - soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, flute
Marcin Masecki - piano

Przeslanie (2006)

I am great admirer of pianist Marcin Masecki talent. I can recommend to everyone his last album "Chopin Chopin Chopin" (2011) as much as many of his other projects, especially his astonishing piano solo recordings "Bob" (2009) and "John" (2010). Starting back from his latest discs I decided to discover what he recorded in times when I did not know him. I found there true peals like by many regarded as his best album "Live in Mińsk Mazowiecki" (2006) recorded with Garth Stevenson and Ziv Ravitz or "2525252525" (2008) where he was accompanied by Macio Moretti and very talented guitarist Raphael Rogiński. Saying all these positive things I must add that not all his albums which I listened to were equally interesting. It is important to note that there are not among them totally bad recordings. His talent is of such calibre that even on very doubtful projects he can somehow survive. And such is unfortunatekly the case with this album. 

It is typical piano-saxophone duo where Masecki has Michał Kulenty as partner. Kulenty style may be described as lyrical when you like such a music or weepy and sentimental if you (like me) are less interested in such moods. Unfortunately Kulenty style dominates this music which results in yet another sad and gloomy piece of jazzy music while Masecki sharp talons are showed by him very, very rare. The outcome of this meeting is therefore rather disappointing though I admit that for lovers of such "sentimental moods" listening to this album probably could be satisfactory experience as musicianship is great and tunes well-written.

Track listing:
1. Wierność[07:22]
2. Siwy baran, czorny baran[04:24]
3. Klasyczny romantyzm[04:34]
4. Eat Slow, Think Fast, Die Happy...[03:59]
5. Always And Forever[07:31]
6. Żeńże wołki żeń[06:25]
7. Jeszcze chwila[04:03]
8. Strumień miłości[06:06]
9. Wszystko jest możliwe[03:24]
10. Zawieja[06:52]

By Maciej Nowotny

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