Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gostrosta - Bum! (2012)

Gostrosta (trio)

Jacek Stromski - big drum, bamboophone, udu, gongs, sham drum, tambours
Kuba Staruszkiewicz - drums, glasses, drum machine, percussion, air
Michał Gos - drums, gongs, percussion, water strings, kalimba

Bum! (2012)

By Maciej Nowotny

This is one of the most interesting recordings in this year 2012! Three young but well known drummers from Tri-City formed this band: Michał Gos, Kuba Staruszkiewicz and Jacek Stromski. Staruszkiewicz name is perhaps most recognizable from his collaboration with Wojtek Mazolewski's Pink Freud (check for example "Monster Of Jazz") as much as in many projects by Tymon Tymański or Leszek Możdżer. Although his drumming is built upon solid rock base he is enough versatile to fit as much in avantgarde as maintream jazz or even pop music. 

Michał Gos is much more consistent and focused mainly on avant jazz. He worked a lot with musicians associated with yass movement like Jerzy Mazzoll or Olo Walicki. But his own projects are among the bravest (and the craziest!) of all music which happens to be realeased in Poland (check for example "Freeyo" or "Jebał Was pies"). Jacek Stromski is the least known of these three on our jazz scene. Up to this moment he worked mostly with rock or indie pop bands but some of them were significant like Apteka, Kury or Poganie.

But all this seems really unimportant when confronted with the music on this CD which is above all free in spirit. Rhythms as created by trio interweave each other saturating music with immense internal energy. Music is coherent and it is possible to imagine some high-octane narration which could accompany it. It certainly would be a little psychedelic story, perhaps self-ironic, at the same time fresh and easy to listen for all kind of audiences, not only focused on jazz. Creative stuff indeed!

Sample of music:

Film about how the music was created with some text spoken in Polish:

Track listing: 1. wd-40; 2. due; 3. c; 4. 4; 5. wu; 6. annapurna; 7. hanami; 8. extreme silence; 9. IX; 10 bum!

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