Dominik Bukowski - vibraphone
Piotr Lemańczyk - bass
Tomasz Łosowski - drums
Jakub Skowroński - tenor saxophone
Soweto Kinch - alto saxophone
By Adam Baruch
This is the fifth album by the excellent Polish Jazz ensemble Orange Trane, which consists of vibraphonist Dominik Bukowski, bassist Piotr Lemańczyk and drummer Tomasz Łosowski. On this album two players are featured as guest musicians: the British saxophonist Soweto Kinch and the young Polish saxophonist Jakub Skowroński. The album presents seven pieces, five of which are original compositions (four by Lemańczyk and one by Bukowski) and two are compositions by legendary Polish Jazz figures: Zbigniew Seifert and Andrzej Kurylewicz, included here as the band's tribute to the older generation of Polish Jazz pioneers.
The band continues its musical path faithfully, playing modern Jazz at the highest possible standard, characterized by the virtuosic vibraphone parts by Bukowski, no less virtuosic bass playing by Lemańczyk, who consistently delivers superb lines as only he can and is completed by the energetic and elegant drumming by Łosowski. The addition of the two saxophonists expands the overall sound of the band, but does not change dramatically the character of the music.
As usual, Lemańczyk also delivers his lovely compositions, which serve as ideal vehicles for the members of the ensemble to carry their individual statements. The collection of his compositions for Orange Trane, his solo albums and other recordings emerges as one of the most consistent bodies of Jazz compositions on the Polish scene, for which he deserves much more recognition than is actually awarded to him.
The greatest asset of Orange Trane is the consistency of their work, which does not try to show off or amaze the listeners but rather concentrates on keeping the musical excellence and deliver honest, straightforward musical message. There is a certain minimalism and introversion involved in their musical delivery, which often emphasizes the "less is more" principle. Overall this is another great addition to the Orange Trane legacy, which over time achieved the symbol of quality, which does not disappoint. Well done gentleman, again!