Monday, August 27, 2018

Tribute To Andrzej Przybielski – Tribute To Andrzej Przybielski Vol. 2 (2017)

Tribute To Andrzej Przybielski

Maciej Fortuna - trumpet
Wojciech Jachna - trumpet
Marcin Gawdzis - trumpet
Piotr Schmidt - trumpet
Tomasz Kudyk - trumpet
Maurycy Wójciński - trumpet
Jakub Kujawa - guitar
Grzegorz Nadolny - double bass
Grzegorz Daroń - drums

Tribute To Andrzej Przybielski Vol. 2

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By Adam Baruch

This is second volume of the wonderful project which pays tribute to the great Polish Jazz trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski, who died in 2011. Six relatively young but already established Polish Jazz trumpeters: Maciej Fortuna, Marcin Gawdzis, Wojciech Jachna, Tomasz Kudyk, Piotr Schmidt and Maurycy Wojcinski and a rhythm section comprising of guitarist Jakub Kujawa, bassist Grzegorz Nadolny and drummer Grzegorz Daron perform five pieces, three of which are original compositions by Przybielski, one is a long improvised piece (over half an hour in duration) and the last is the bugle call of Bydgoszcz, the home town of Przybielski. A DVD filmed during the premiere of the first volume of this album is also included.

The music is of course a continuation of the content of the first album and readers wishing to read more about the historical background and Przybielski's contribution to Polish Jazz are invited to read my review of that album and other albums by Przybielski. By a weird coincidence I am writing these words just a few days following the death of Tomasz Stanko, the Polish Jazz Colossus. The many parallels, stylistically and otherwise, and of course great differences between these two trumpeters is one of the most fascinating stories of Polish Jazz, definitely worth a book on the subject.

Beyond the music per se, these two albums are an important glimpse into Polish Jazz history and an effort to bring Przybielski into the awareness of the Polish Jazz fans, which he sadly almost completely missed during his lifetime. They also show the will of the young generation of Polish Jazz players to continue the tradition and remember the idiom's heroes. For Polish Jazz fans this is definitely something they should have in their collections. Hats off to all the people who contributed to this project and made it happen.

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