Thursday, May 30, 2019

Zawartko/Piasecki – Leć Głosie (2015)


Magdalena Zawartko - vocals
Grzegorz Piasecki - bass
Piotr Wojtasik - trumpet
Tomasz Wendt - saxophone
Artur Tuźnik - piano
Wojciech Buliński - drums
Marek Kądziela - guitar
Jose Torres - percussion

Leć Głosie


By Adam Baruch

This is the debut album by Polish Jazz duo comprising of vocalist Magdalena Zawartko and bassist Grzegorz Piasecki, recorded with other top Polish Jazz musicians: trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik, saxophonist Tomasz Wendt, pianist Artur Tuźnik, guitarist Marek Kądziela, drummer Wojciech Buliński and percussionist Jose Torres. The album presents eight compositions (one repeated twice as intro and outro) which include Classical and Folklore pieces and two original compositions, one each by Zawartko and Piasecki, also inspired by external sources.

The concept behind the music is the amalgamation of Folklore and Classical Music with Jazz, which of course has been already attempted numerous times before, but in this case the selection of the music, the arrangements and the entire production of the project, which were entirely in the hands of the duo, as well as the superb execution of the music by the excellent team generate a wonderful and entirely successful outcome.

Zawartko sings occasional lyrics but mostly uses vocalese and her voice is by and large used as another instrument within the instrumental environment. Piasecki plays brilliant bass parts and naturally gets more exposure than bassists usually get in ensemble projects. The rest of the instrumentalists, mostly veterans of the scene, perform accordingly, without a hitch.

Overall this is an excellent piece of music from start to finish, intelligent, elegant and highly sensitive, tastefully conceived and brilliantly executed, in accordance to the usual high standards of the Polish Jazz scene. I have no idea why this album landed on my desk years after it was released, but better late than never. Highly recommended!

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