Sunday, January 10, 2016

Jaskułke & Wyleżoł – Duo Dram Lalala Koncert (2012)

Jaskułke & Wyleżoł

Sławomir Jaskułke - piano
Piotr Wyleżoł - piano

Duo Dram Lalala Koncert


By Adam Baruch

This is an album by Polish duo Duo Dram, which pairs pianists/composers Sławomir Jaskułke and Piotr Wyleżoł. Recorded live, the album presents five original compositions (three by Jaskułke and two by Wyleżoł) and one composition by Kenny Wheeler, all performed on two pianos.

It is very difficult to relate to this music within the Jazz framework, and the fact that both pianists are primarily known as Jazz artists, makes it is even more difficult to pinpoint exactly what this music is all about. The melodic themes are repeated and swapped between the pianists back and forth, there are lots of chords and notes in the air, swirling like snowflakes in the wind, but once the flakes land on the ground nothing remains in the air…

Somehow this music does not touch me at all, sounding like a New Age effort of producing soothing background music rather than anything that one can hold to. Of course Jaskułke and Wyleżoł are both superb piano players, as evident from their numerous other recordings, but this effort simply does not take off as far as I am concerned. Of course I suppose many other listeners might enjoy this music immensely, therefore I urge fans of Jaskułke and Wyleżoł to listen to it by themselves and make their own minds.

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