Sunday, February 21, 2016

Ryszard Sygitowicz – Bez Grawitacji (2015)

Ryszard Sygitowicz

Ryszard Sygitowicz - guitar
Arkadiusz Żak - bass
Wojciech Morawski - drums
Dariusz Sygitowicz - drums
Zbigniew Namysłowski - saxophone

Bez Grawitacji

GAD 029

By Adam Baruch

This is a reissue of an instrumental album by Polish guitarist/composer Ryszard Sygitowicz, which was recorded during several sessions for the Polish Radio and released on a small independent label Wifon in 1985, achieving quite unexpectedly a big success on the local market at the time. This album includes, in addition to the nine tracks that were included on the original album, four bonus tracks originating from the same sessions. The music was recorded mostly in a trio format with bassist Arkadiusz Żak and drummers Dariusz Sygitowicz or Wojciech Morawski. Renowned Polish Jazz saxophonist Zbigniew Namysłowski guests on two tracks and percussionist Adam Lewandowski on one track.

The music is a refined instrumental guitar oriented Jazz-Rock Fusion, which is comparable to similar efforts by Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and many others and by all means not inferior to any of them. Sygitowicz has a great talent to weave wonderfully melodic themes and play them on his guitar with great feel, tone and skill. As a result these tracks sound as great today as they did at the time they were recorded, losing nothing of their validity over time.

Over the years Sygitowicz was a member of several Polish Rock ensembles and a busy session musician, which resulted in his leaving a mark on dozens of releases by numerous Polish recording artists. He is still very active on the local scene after spending some time in the USA in the late 1980s. In retrospect this album is still a highlight of his career and thanks to the splendid work of GAD Records we are able to enjoy this fabulous music again. Guitar connoisseurs and classic Jazz-Rock Fusion fans should have a field day with this gem!

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