Monday, December 12, 2011

Daniel Popialkiewicz Quartet - Solstice (2011)

Daniel Popiałkiewicz - guitars
Paweł Tomaszewski - accoustic piano, keyboards
Maciej Garbowski - double bass
Krzysztof Gradziuk - drums

Solstice (2011)

I reviewed favourably debut recording ("The Hope For Tomorrow") by guitarist Daniel Popiałkiewicz. He easily counts among most promising young guitarists in Poland along with Rafał Sarnecki, Przemek Strączek or Marek Kądziela. In this album he expands his band from trio to quartet, keeping excellent rhythm section from his first record in persons of drummer Krzysztof Gradziuk and double-bassist Maciej Garbowski but adding Paweł Tomaszewski on piano. Natural question is how does this music sound when compared to his last year debut? And it sounds good, adding the piano made music richer obviously and if we reckon that all compositions are originals by Popiałkiewicz then this album may be described as fully satisfactory release confirming how great potential he possess. He is extremely fortunate to have a drummer like Gradziuk along himself! Gradziuk catapults this music to stratosphere and Popialkiewicz guitar feels very well on such high quality background. Maciej Garbowski adds solidity to this framework while Paweł Tomaszewski piano accompaniment is impeccable if somewhat too predictable. In terms of style this music is inspired by ECM version of modern jazz but rocking guitar of Popiałkiewicz and creative drumming by Gradziuk add necessary drop of surprise to make it appealing even to those a bit weary of ECM aesthetics.

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Author: Maciej Nowotny

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