Paweł Kaczmarczyk - piano
Maciej Adamczak - bass
Dawid Fortuna - drums
Mr. Krime - electronics
Vars & Kaper DeconstructiON
By Adam Baruch
Three years ago I initiated a series of concerts/recordings as part of the Singer Jazz Festival, of which I am the artistic director, of music by the great "American" composers: Victor Young, Bronisław Kaper and Henryk Wars, all three of which are in fact Polish Jews, who immigrated to the US at some stage of their life. The fact that they had Polish/Jewish roots is almost completely unknown not only to the American public (which is not surprising), but sadly also to Polish public. The main purpose, therefore, of these concerts/recordings was to bring their Jewish/Polish roots to the attention of music lovers. The music was performed and recorded by my friend, the excellent Polish Jazz pianist Kuba Stankiewicz and his trio, and the entire series was hugely successful. Neither Kuba nor I anticipated the fact that our project would also influence the entire Polish Jazz scene and produce a huge renewed interest in these three composers, which also produced a string of recordings, of which this album is an example.
Paweł Kaczmarczyk is of course one of the most brilliant Polish Jazz pianist, who took the local scene by a storm and during the last decade established himself as a one of its central figures. This is the second album with his trio which includes bassist Maciej Adamczak and drummer Dawid Fortuna. Together they perform nine songs composed by Henryk Wars (four songs) and Bronisław Kaper (five songs, two split into two parts). In addition to the trio the DJ Wojciech Długosz (a.k.a. Mr. Krime) adds turntablism and electronics.
The trio performs beautifully, as expected, playing the classic compositions with the usual flair and technical brilliance. The turntablism, electronics and other sound effects like vintage voice recordings, suit the music well and are non intrusive, but don’t really add anything substantial to the subject matter, beyond being a novelty of sorts.
The usage of the term "deconstruction" in the album's title is however quite problematic. Personally I can't hear anything being deconstructed in the music played on this album? These are just pretty standard interpretations of the classic songs, but deconstructions? The philosophical/aesthetic meaning of deconstruction is certainly absent here and in general this term is being used (or misused) way to often these days. Overall this is an excellent piano trio recording, with brilliant Jazz performances, as expected. Just forget the somewhat pretentious title and enjoy the music!