Sunday, July 1, 2012

New Bone - Destined (2012) by Adam Baruch

New Bone (band)

Tomasz Kudyk – trumpet & flugelhorn
Marcin Ślusarczyk – alto saxophone
Paweł Kaczmarczyk – piano
Maciej Adamczak – bass
Dawid Fortuna – drums

special guests:
Jan Pilch – percussions
Tomasz Grzegorski – tenor saxophone

Destined (2012)

This is the 3rd album by the Polish acoustic Jazz quintet New Bone, founded and let by trumpeter Tomasz Kudyk, who also composed all the music included herein, and including in its current lineup saxophonist Marcin Slusarczyk, pianist Pawel Kaczmarczyk, bassist Maciej Adamczak and drummer Dawid Fortuna. Two guest musicians: saxophonist Tomasz Grzegorski and percussionist Jan Pilch participate on most of the tracks. All these young musicians are excellent players with a proven record and evident abilities, but the music they perform here presents them with no real challenges. It is mainstream Jazz with strong Afro-Cuban rhythmic tendencies, which sounds good at all times but disappears from one's mind the minute the sound is over. It seems that New Bone tries very hard to sound exactly like an average American Jazz ensemble, which they definitely manage perfectly, rather than search for a unique identity, which is characteristic of most Polish Jazz. I'm sure many listeners, perhaps even the majority, will enjoy this music immensely, but honestly we should expect more from an ensemble of such high potential. Hopefully they'll do better next time.

Track listing: 1. We’ll see; 2. New Ballad for...; 3. Altanowa 18; 4. Like me; 5. At last free; 6. Destined...; 7. Straight and Swingly; 8. Oh! The end

By Adam Baruch

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