Thursday, May 7, 2015

Herdzin/Bogdanowicz/Biskupski - Seriale Seriale (1998)

Herdzin / Bogdanowicz / Biskupski

Krzysztof Herdzin - piano
Mariusz Bogdanowicz - bass
Piotr Biskupski - drums

Seriale Seriale

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By Adam Baruch

This is the third album by Polish Jazz pianist / composer Krzysztof Herdzin, this time co-leading a piano trio with bassist Mariusz Bogdanowicz and drummer Piotr Biskupski, accompanied by a string sextet. It presents the musical themes of eight Polish TV serials arranged by Herdzin and composed by various Polish composers, among then two with very strong Jazz ties: Andrzej Kurylewicz and Jerzy Matuszkiewicz, who contribute two compositions each. 

The music is all very solid and is also a wonderful example of the fact that music for TV productions can be intelligent and wonderfully crafted, as this album demonstrates and emphasizes. The overall atmosphere of the piano trio accompanied by strings obviously tends to sound somewhat corny and commercial, but careful listening reveals that the level of performances is highly professional and the result is anything but trivial. 

Herdzin, who was a member of the ensemble led by Zbigniew Namyslowski at the time of the recording of this album, was already recognized as one of the brightest upcoming Polish Jazz musicians and his talent and ability are obvious. The string arrangements reveal Herdzin´s respect and love of Classical music, which will, in later stages of his career, come to the forefront of his activities. The rhythm section, which already at that time had a long tradition of playing together, is a perfectly oiled and masterfully synchronized team, which in the years to come will prove to be one of the best of its kind on the Polish Jazz scene. 

Although very accessible, this is still a great mainstream piano trio album, which sounds as good today as it did at the time of its recording and can be enjoyed both by Jazz enthusiast and listeners who do not listen to Jazz on a regular basis. Definitely worth looking for and being discovered now, almost twenty years later.

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