Thursday, February 23, 2012

String Connection – 2012 (Polskie Radio, 2012) by Adam Baruch

String Connection (band)

Krzesimir Dębski - violin, keys, Hammond
Andrzej Olejniczak - soprano and tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Janusz Skowron - piano, Fender
Krzysztof Ścierański - bass guitar
Krzysztof Przybyłowicz - drums, percussions
Anna Jurksztowicz - vocal (6 i 8)

2012 (Polskie Radio, 2011)

Over 20 years after the Polish Jazz ensemble String Connection ceased to exist after several years of leading the local Jazz scene, here they are again, reunited, rejuvenated and recharged with new energies. Led by the violin virtuoso / composer Krzesimir Debski, who founded the original group in 1981 and who was also responsible for group's breakup due to his mounting commitments as a composer for film and contemporary Classical music, the group also includes original members: saxophonist Andrzej Olejniczak, keyboardist Janusz Skowron, bassist Krzysztof Scieranski and drummer Krzysztof Przybylowicz. Female vocalist Anna Jurksztowicz guests on two tracks. The music was composed mostly by Debski (six of the eight tunes on the album) with Olejniczak and Scieranski contributing one composition each. All these players are of course masters of their trade and their performances are always top notch, as expected. The music covers a wide spectrum of compositions, from World Music influences to Fusion, with the typical Eastern-European awareness of somewhat quirky melody lines and rhythmic patterns. There are no surprises here or groundbreaking innovations, but a lot of excellent and enjoyable music. For Jazz violin connoisseurs this is a must of course, as Jazz albums with violin are unfortunately a rarity, especially those of such quality like this one. Recommended!

Track listing: 1. Istrian Sideways; 2. Croatia On My Mind; 3. El Juguete; 4. Das Salzperlspiel; 5. Obsession; 6. Saranjeet Kaur; 7. Cien Kilos De Papas; 8. O Czym Marzą Dziewczyny

By Adam Baruch

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