Saturday, September 8, 2012

3 Jazz Soldiers – Odlamkowa (2012)

3 Jazz Soldiers (band)

Krzysztof Misiak – gitara
Filip Sojka – bas
Grzegorz Grzyb – perkusja

Odlamkowa (2012)




This is the debut album by the Polish Jazz-Rock / Fusion trio 3 Jazz Soldiers, led by the veteran guitarist Krzysztof Misiak, with bassist Filip Sojka and drummer Grzegorz Grzyb. Of the twelve tracks on the album, four are original composition by Misiak and the rest are Jazz and Rock standards ranging from Miles Davis to the Beatles.

The group is a typical Jazz-Rock power trio with a stronger Rock than Jazz affiliation rhythmically, but the music is mostly improvised, as appropriate for the Jazz-Rock milieu. The guitar is of course the most dominant instrument, leading the music most of the time, with the rhythm section providing all the background and basis for the leader to ride upon. The bassist has very nice chops and the drummer is rock-steady and keeps time, which in these circumstances is exactly what the doctor prescribed.

Misiak is a gifted and very experienced player, who is able to make his guitar sound "retro", which is quite nice and effective. The overall atmosphere of the album is very much the 1970s, which in this case is a good thing. The selection of tunes is versatile enough to present a whole spectrum of guitar bravado, from slow and smoky ballads to up-tempo energetic rockers. The music is funky and enough to dead dance.

There are no great musical innovations or challenges here, this is good time stuff, which is meant to entertain, something music should definitely do, at least occasionally. But being entertaining without being vulgar or overly simplistic is rare these days and this album is just a nice example how to do it.

For guitar aficionados this is a must, especially those, who like the Rocky side of Jazz-Rock / Fusion. Definitely worth investigating!

By Adam Baruch
http://www.adambaruch.com/



Tracklisting:
1. Summertime (G.Gershwin) feat. Roch Poliszczuk – voice
2. Król Kanapy [King of The Couch] (K.Misiak)
3. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (M.Jagger/K.Richards)
4. You Can’t Do That (J.Lennon/P.McCartney)
5. Ryba, Ręcznik [Fish, Towel] (K.Misiak)
6. Jean Pierre (M.Davis)
7. Highway to Hell (B.Scott/A.Young/M.Young)
8. Blues 816 (K.Misiak) feat. Dave Latchaw – synth solo
9. Norwegian Wood (J.Lennon/P.McCartney)
10. Get Back (J.Lennon/P.McCartney)
11. Wykryto Niepewne Prawidłowości [Detected Uncertain Regularity] (K.Misiak)
12. Little Wing (J.Hendrix)

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