Saturday, April 29, 2017

Włodzimierz Knaś Jazz Projekt – Po Piąte (2017)

Włodzimierz Knaś Jazz Projekt

Włodzimierz Knaś - guitar
Paweł Surman - trumpet
Łukasz Kluczniak - alto saxophone
Michał Rorat - piano
Michał Kapczuk - bass
Grzegorz Masłowski - drums

Po Piąte


By Adam Baruch

This is the debut album as a leader by Polish Jazz guitarist/composer Włodzimierz Knaś, recorded in a sextet setting with trumpeter Paweł Surman, saxophonist Łukasz Kluczniak, pianist Michał Rorat, bassist Michał Kapczuk and drummer Grzegorz Masłowski. The album presents seven original compositions, all by Knaś.

The music sits well within the contemporary mainstream Jazz, with very well structured compositions and ensemble arrangements, which allow all the participants to show their respective chops. Knaś selected representatives of the young Polish Jazz generation, which invigorated the entire proceedings and creates a splendid flow and resourceful atmosphere.

Knaś plays very well in a diverse stylistic range, from classic to modern electric Jazz guitar, performing with fluency and excellent feel. All the members of the sextet also play flawlessly and display technique and talent. The rhythm section drives the music steadily, without being over dominant and the brass players contribute solid solos and excellent background sound layers.

Overall this is an excellent mainstream Jazz album, with great melody lines and elegant ensemble execution, which is a pleasure to listen to. Guitar enthusiasts should find this especially interesting, as most albums featuring guitar tend to present the Fusion approach, and this album stays within the good old Jazz guitar idiom. Recommended!

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