Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Simple Acoustic Trio - Live in Getxo (1996)

Simple Acoustic Trio

Marcin Wasilewski - piano
Sławomir Kurkiewicz - double-bass
Michał Miśkiewicz - drums 

Live in Getxo (1996)

Marcin Wasilewski, Michał Miśkiewicz i Sławomir Kurkiewicz has become famous since they started to play with Tomasz Stańko. But their careers began many years before and this disc is good example of that since it precedes their albums with famous Polish trumpeter by five years. And it is marking at the same time important stage in their career as its recording was a prize for winning in the contest at jazz festival in Spanish Getxo in 1996. When I talked to Marcin Wasilewski he said this win made whole band ecstatic and for the first time they seriously started to believe that great career they always dreamt of was possible.

Rehearsing this music after so many years remains fully satisfactory experience. While doing that the words of Tomasz Stańko came to my mind stating that few times in his life he found any band of musicians so talented as Wasilewski, Miśkiewicz and Kurkiewicz. Stańko said: "They were playing perfectly from the beginning. That was incredible! Especially when you bear in mind that when we met each other they were just sixteen or eighteen years old boys..". Saying that one must realize that there is big difference between this music and one we can find on Marcin Wasilewski Trio last albums. Over years their playing gained in space, in depth and... in significance. Nowadays they are no more Simple Acoustic Trio as since they record for ECM the name of band changed to Marcin Wasilewski Trio but in the meantime they become simply one of the best jazz trios in the world...

By Maciej Nowotny

Track listing:
1 Cherry 6:53
2 King Korn 4:40
3 Arpegiatta 7:33
4 Turnaround 7:11
5 Habanera Excentrica 9:39
6 Kattorna 3:19
7 Ballade For Bernt 7:32
8 Quara-Qua Quara-Qua

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