Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Bone - It's Not Easy (Gowi Records, 2009)

New Bone (band)

Tomasz Kudyk - trumpet & flugelhorn
Marcin Ślusarczyk - alto saxophone
Paweł Kaczmarczyk - piano
Maciej Adamczak - bass
Arek Skolik - drums

It's Not Easy (Gowi Records, 2009)

This is second release of this band after debut "Something For Know" and before this year "Destined..." which premiere is announced for beginning of April 2012. Historically it is yet another band of friends who once studied together, in this case in Kraków and Katowice Music Academies with an important exception of veteran drummer Arek Skolik. Like other such bands one can marvel at high level of musicianship. It appeals to me much more than other proposals because it is clearly influenced by bop tradition which gives music big punch and energy I so appreciate in jazz. But... to be honest it is too little to really make me excited. Unfortunately nothing surprises me here, I therefore should call it classical music rather than jazz which by definition should be focused on new, creative and rebellious side of music. If however you believe (like so many worldwide) that quality of jazz today shall be measured by how exact it is copy of music of great masters who lived and created 50 or 60 years ago, then you may find this disc satisfactory. I do not...   

1. The Torn Veil [11:35]; 2. Song for Kacperek [09:38]; 3. It's Not Easy [06:24]; 4. How I Miss You [08:33]; 5. Freddie [06:44]; 6. Charlie Knows [06:02]; 7. Blues for L.M. [03:29]; 8. Mekta Hakumba 

By Maciej Nowotny

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