Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Andrzej Olejniczak & Apertus String Quartet - Different Choice (2011)

Andrzej Olejniczak - tenor & soprano saxophones

Apertus String Quartet:
Joanna Łuczak - violin
Marta Kaliska - violin
Joanna Krysicka-Gwarda - viola
Marta Katarzyna Filipiak - cello

Different Choice (2011)

"I am truly impressed. It is a rare to come cross music like this. Many elements deserve particular attention and admiration. As a saxophonist, I especially value Andrzej’s wonderful playing technique. Next, there is the auality of the recording. The proportions, sound of instruments, quantity and quality of the reverb – all are outstanding. And the third, and probably the most important factor (for me especially so), the repertoire. The compositions and arrangements, both of the jazz- and more classical- style are absolutely the best possible. Being a jazzman though, I wish Andrzej had had more space and liberty for improvisation, as he is an excellent, one of this kind, improviser. My favourites are Viuda Negra and Radkowi ballade, due to their jazz-character, which is so close to my heart. I must also give my appreciation to the string quartet for they so skilful and “musical” performance of this extremely difficult repertoire. Here, the music really is unique. For connoisseurs to appreciate, and for everyone to listen to and admire – fantastic."

Zbigniew Namysłowski – jazz saxophonist and composer

Playing with a string quartet and improvising to its accompaniment with no rhythm section is something I have always been dreaming of, ever since I studied classical music on clarinet, performing quintets by W.A. Mozart and C.M. von Weber. Next, there was my fascination with Focus by Stan Getz and Luminescence by Jan Garbarek. Since then, I have been involved in many different projects, and this idea was still on the back burner, waiting for the right moment, which just didn’t seen to arrive [chyba “seem to”?? – taka moja mała korektorska uwaga na boku].Finally, after many years, I realized that it would be great to try something that would inspire me, some new musical experience with a challenge to explore different concepts of playing. Performing with the string quartet made me even more disciplined in terms of technique, rhythm and dynamic. It provoked me to reflect on my way of playing enriching me as musician. While selecting the repertoire I tried to create music that is open, not addressed to one-style-fans only. I hope I have managed to do it successfully. Enjoy listening.

Andrzej Olejniczak

Track listing:
1. Poise
2. New Romantic Expectation
3. Radkowi
4. Viuda Negra
5. Reminiscence
6. Cantabile in h-moll
7. Music for Soprano Saxophone and String Quartet
8. Canzonetta
9. New Romantic Temptation

Source: info from albums's sleeve

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