Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HeFi Quartet – Parallax Error (2017)

HeFi Quartet

Leszek HeFi Wiśniowski - flute
Dominik Wania - piano
Tomasz Kupiec - double bass
Bartek Stromiejski - drums

Parallax Error

SJ 019



By Adam Baruch

This is the fourth album by Polish Jazz flautist/composer Leszek HeFi Wiśniowski and the second under the HeFi Quartet moniker. The quartet features this time the excellent pianist Dominik Wania and the familiar rhythm section which accompanies Wisniowski since several years: bassist Tomasz Kupiec and drummer Bartek Staromiejski. The album presents fourteen relatively short original compositions, all by Wiśniowski, two of which were co-composed by Kupiec and one by Wania.

From the very onset of this album it becomes clear that this is by far the most mature, coherent and balanced recording by Wiśniowski, which presents him as a gifted composer and excellent instrumentalist in a best possible setting. The music ideally combines melodic elements with modern Jazz approach, which allows the players plenty of space to express their individual statements and at the same time maintains the unity of the quartet as an organic ensemble.

Wisniowski treats his instrument with an utmost respect, flirting and even making love with it all along, always in perfect harmony and perfect balance between the emotional expressionism and the technical virtuosity. The pieces move between solos, duos and quartet performances, each of these settings emphasizing different aspects of the music, which is completely absorbing and magnetic in its depth of emotion.

The presence of Wania is a crucial element of the album's aura and its overall success to create to desired effect. Among the many Polish Jazz pianists, Wania is not only one of the very best, but also the most modest and most profound as a player, being able to find the ideal expression suitable to a diverse set of environments. He never "steals" the show and always fills the space with his stunning, delicate and perfect phrases. His performances on this album are definitely among his most beautiful and Wiśniowski made a very wise decision to select him as a partner, which resulted in a brilliant piece of recorded music, definitely one of the best so far this year on the Polish Jazz scene.

It is very satisfying to see that Wiśniowski finally found his true realm on this album. After many years of searching, this album is simply a pinnacle of his achievements and a well deserved glorification of his talents, which will hopefully be followed by many more such fabulous musical vistas. Well done indeed!

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