Sunday, May 13, 2012

Karolak / Szukalski / Bartkowski – Time Killers (Polish Jazz Vol.89 Deluxe, 1985)

Karolak / Szukalski / Bartkowski

Wojciech Karolak - organ, synthesizer
Tomasz Szukalski - tenor & baritone saxophones (6)
Czesław "Mały" Bartkowski - drums

Time Killers (Polish Jazz Vol.89 Deluxe, 1985)

This is the only album by Polish Jazz supergroup Karolak / Szukalski / Bartkowski, which united three veterans of the local scene: keyboardist / composer Wojciech Karolak, who wrote and arranged all the music included on this album, saxophonist Tomasz Szukalski and drummer Czeslaw Bartkowski. The album has a very unique sound due to the unusual instrumentation, as well as a superb groove, which is usually associated with American recordings. Karolak performs the difficult task of both soloing and accompanying his partners, using the organ bass pedals to supply the bass parts. Szukalski again proves his excellent taste and technical abilities, especially on the track where he plays the baritone sax. Bartkowski is stable like a rock and drives the music forward constantly, with his usual virtuosity. This music sounds remarkably fresh almost thirty years after it was recorded, and it's probably only a matter of time before some DJ lays his hands on this stuff and makes people dance to it. Highly recommended!

Track listing: 1. Anniversary Blue; 2. Double - B; 3. Gem; 4. State Train;  5. Trata-Tata; 6. Pass into; 7. Silence; 8. Time Killers

By Adam Baruch

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