Friday, February 26, 2010

Piotr Wyleżoł - Piano Trio (2006)

Polish jazz pianists tend to have difficult names unfortunately: Lesław Możdżer, Paweł Kaczmarczyk and now Piotr Wyleżoł. I believe these names may be nightmare for foreigners to spell but it's worthy to try as music they play seems to come from heaven. Of all those three Piotr is closest to jazz tradition and mainstream, his music is elegant, spacious and melodic. His inspiration comes from Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock or Keith Jarrett. And what can be more economic and yet more preciuos to the heart of every jazzman or jazzwoman but classical jazz trio with piano, double bass and drums? Rhetoric question of course but nonetheless it is really difficult to attain in this classical set the level where such music sounds still fresh and inspiring. And this is a case with Piotr Wyleżoł Trio and all their albums so that's why I strongly recommend this record to all fans of jazz tradition. Piotr is accompanied on this album by first class sidemen in persons of excellent double bass player Michał Barański and one of the polish best drummers Łukasz Żyta.
As a sample of the music you may encounter on this album I propose piece titled Double Exposure. In photography a multiple exposure is when two or more individual exposures are made to create a single photograph.This term reflects perfectly the idea of this piece where Bill Evans and Thelonius Monk styles meet together and melt together proving that nothing is impossible if there true heart, dedication and skill. As you perhaps recall this piece was composed by Herb Nichols  who is one of the most overlooked geniuses of jazz piano. Parahraphing this I may sum up this post calling Piotr Wyleżoł as the most overlooked jazz pianist in Poland, hopefully not for long...

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