Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Postaremczak, Wojcinski, Kugel - Affinity (2012)

Postaremczak, Wójciński, Kugel

Paweł Postaremczak - soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Klaus Kugel - drums
Ksawery Wójciński - bass

Affinity (2012)

Musicians taking part in this recording appeared on arguably most interesting free jazz and avantgarde albums of last year 2011: saxophonist Paweł Postaremczak on Hera's "Where My Complete Beloved Is" (2011) and drummer Klaus Kugel on Robert Kusiołek's "Nuntium" (2011). It is interesting to note however that basssist Ksawery Wójciński was involved in both these projects. Then it may be no surprise that he is spiritus movens behind this project although he stresses it is partnership not leadership. 

In purely musical terms music on this disc is much closer to Hera than to Kusiołek. Both extremely interesting they however differ from each other as day and night. While Hera took us on ecstatic journey where eruptions of energy are accompanied by spontaneus and forceful improvisations. Kusiołek was minimalistic effort where time and space wele laid apart as much as possible to allow listener to enjoy the silence. 

Regardless these obvious differences there is yet something both these memorable recordings and "Affinity" have in common. I like to think that it is something which is becoming distinctive feature of music created by young Polish artists who play free jazz. Yes, it is free, spontaneuous and creative. But at the same time it is not without some plan, not without control, not without direction. It somehow tries to combine water and fire. And not without a success! That why it goes to elite class of our recommended albums of the month.

Track listing:
1. Transcend The Nearness 8:59
2. Too Close To Be Close 33:35
3. Amalgamation 15:14

By Maciej Nowotny


  1. This music is fantastic...It cause such deep feelings when I listen to it...Great bass line !!!


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