Friday, March 18, 2011

Piotr Wojtasik - Lonely Town (1995)

I often grumble on this blog as far as mainstream jazz is concerned that it is too predictable, too well-known, too conservative. But from time to time an album arrives which despite having all these features wins me over entirely and I cannot detach myself from my beloved Tannoy speakers. And such is the case with "Lonely Town" recorded under leadership of trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik.
He is a serious player on Polish jazz scene and he not only recorded with the best musicians in Poland but is also lecturer in Wrocław Music Academy where his trumpet class has become famous. On this recording he is accompanied by all-star team of Polish jazz musicians: Leszek Możdżer (piano), Krzysztof Popek (flute), Zbigniew Namysłowski (alto sax), Maciej Sikała (tenor sax), Jarosław Śmietana (guitar), Jacek Niedziela (bass), Marcin Jahr (drums) and Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Jerzy Jarosik.
The program of the album contains mostly standards like "Naima', "Darn That Dream" or "Stella by Stalight". There are perhaps better albums of Piotr Wojtasik available but this one with its accessibility and charmful character may be the best entrance to his discography. 
If you want to get to know more about Piotr Wojtasik or buy this record, please check this link please. And check following link to listen to Wojtasik's trumpet although not in any songs from this album and with different line-up.

By Maciej Nowotny

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