Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sing Sing Penelope – Sing Sing Penelope (2005)

Sing Sing Penelope (band)

Daniel Mackiewicz - electric piano, analog synth
Tomasz Glazik - tenor & baritone saxophones, synth
Wojciech Jachna - trumpet
Patryk Węcławek - bass, percussion, kalimba
Rafał Gorzycki - drums

Sing Sing Penelope (2005)

This is the debut album by the sensational Polish ensemble Sing Sing Penelope, founded in Bydgoszcz in 2001 by four musicians: keyboardist Daniel Mackiewicz, bassist Patryk Weclawek, drummer / percussionist Rafal Gorzycki and saxophonist Tomasz Glazik. They were joined in 2003 by trumpeter Wojciech Jachna and the quintet lineup, which recorded this album, was born. Obviously based on the Jazz-Rock and modern Jazz roots, this ensemble acts as a creative unit and treats their original music (credited to all the five members) as an experimental canvas, expanding it into new and uncharted territory. Rather that use well established patterns and musical structures they try to innovate constantly, which puts them apart from most of their contemporaries. Combining melodic themes, pulsating rhythms and a lot of freedom in the improvisations they mange to create something fresh, challenging and often unexpected, which will be their trademark in all their future recordings. In fact this little known (at the time of its release) album marks the birth of was to become the most interesting ensemble active on the Polish scene in the first decade of the 21st Century. By now this is already a classic recording, which sadly is very difficult to find today. A must!

Track listing: 1. Hosanna - 13:06; 2. Kabunga - 9:0; 3. Struktury pana b - 13:22; 4. Das boot - 6:47 

By Adam Baruch

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