Monday, October 8, 2012

Tomasz Dabrowski, Nils Bo Davidsen, Anders Mogensen - Tom Trio (ILK Music, 2012)

Tomasz Dabrowski, Nils Bo Davidsen, Anders Mogensen

Tomasz Dąbrowski - trumpet, Balkan horn
Nils Bo Davidsen - double bass
Anders Mogensen - drums

Tom Trio (ILK Music, 2012)

“TOM TRIO” is the title of Tomasz Dąbrowski’s first album as a leader and the name of his  international group. Featuring double bassist Nils Bo Davidsen and drummer Anders Mogensen, the music of “TOM TRIO” expresses an extraordinary blend of Slavic and Scandinavian personalities through long melodic lines, rough sound textures, and a precise sense of time. 

Dąbrowski plays trumpet and a vintage instrument he calls “balkan horn.” His strong, instantly-recognizable sound and expressive playing are inspired by free jazz, Eastern European folk music, and avant-garde music. Tomasz is considered one of the most original Polish trumpet players and composers on today’s European jazz scene. At the age of 28 he has released eleven albums as a co-leader and sideman and he has toured extensively in Europe, the US, and Africa. 

For the last four years, while living in Denmark, Dąbrowski has worked and performed with some of the finest musicians and bands on the Danish scene: Kresten Osgood, Jacob Anderskov, Kasper Tranberg, the Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Lotte Anker, Andreas Lang, Simon Krabs, and Kasper Tom to name a few. In January 2012 Dąbrowski visited New York where he recorded three albums in twelve days, collaborating with Tyshawn Sorey, Kris Davis, Jonathan Blake, Gilad Hekselman, Andrew Drury, and Jaleel Shaw. 

The album “TOM TRIO” features 11 compositions written by Tomasz, most of them in a form of short songs without words. Some of the songs (such as “7 Days to Go”) utilize strong melodies while others seem to frame simplicity itself within twisted musical forms (e.g. “Wave”). “I like to create in musically uncomfortable situations, to challenge myself. Playing in a trio forces me to stay on my toes, and to constantly push beyond my boundaries. There is no harmonic instrument, therefore I’m free to expand my sound and look for new colors.” - Tomasz Dąbrowski

Both Anders Mogensen and Nils Bo Davidsen are major players on the Scandinavian scene, known for their personal sounds and approaches to music. Through the years they have collaborated with artists such as Han Bennink, Bunky Green, John Tchicai, Marc Ducret, Tom Rainey, Chris Speed, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Peter Brötzman, Evan Parker, Herb Robertson, Tim Berne, and many more. “TOM TRIO” is released on cd and will also be available on iTunes and at other digital music vendors.

Tracklisting: 1. 7 Days to Go 2. I'll Repeat Only Once 3. Cold Hands 4. Wave 5. Buzz Wow 6. Triangle 7. After Jam 8. Cph Talk 9. European 46 10. This Way Up 11. Unison

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