Sunday, January 27, 2019

Gniewomir Tomczyk/Project Live – Quality Jazz Live (2018)

Gniewomir Tomczyk/Project Live

Gniewomir Tomczyk - drums, samples, fx
MIN t - vocal, rap, synth bass
Maciej Kądziela - saxophone
Zdzisław Kalinowski - keyboards, synth bass
Anna Furkałowska - cello
Robert Seniuta - violin, fx

Quality Jazz Live

SJ 034

By Adam Baruch

This is the second album by Polish drummer/composer Gniewomir Tomczyk, this time recorded live and presenting some of the compositions included on the debut album recorded with keyboardist Andrzej Mikulski and new original compositions by Tomczyk intended to appear on the next studio album. The album consists of seven tracks recorded live and five additional bonus tracks recorded in various locations either live or in studio. Tomczyk is accompanied by an impressive group of young Polish musicians, which includes keyboardist Zdzisław Kalinowski, cellist Anna Furkałowska, violinist Robert Seniuta, saxophonist Maciej Kądziela and others, with several people providing the rap and vocal parts.

The music is a sophisticated amalgam of Jazz roots with contemporary Pop/electronic/Avant Rock/Rap excursions, melody based but allowing plenty of space for improvisation and individual statements by the participating musicians, which works quite well and definitely explores new horizons as far as Jazz music is concerned, bringing it much closer to contemporary popular music trends, without loosing any of the intellectual and artistic quality.

The album is a very refreshing listening experience and although it is a compilation of available recordings rather than a coherent and well planed album, it still works out well and offers plenty of diverse and at times even fascinating music. For the young generation of Jazz musicians and listeners, such cross genre excursions sound completely natural. For the Jazz purist my advice is to take the stick out of their rectum and let go – this is fun music and is to be treated as such. Personally I am already waiting to hear the next album by Tomczyk, which promises to be an exciting journey.

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