Sunday, December 22, 2013

Marcin Gawdzis Quintet - Shadows Of Autumn (2013) ***1/2

Marcin Gawdzis Quintet

Marcin Gawdzis - trumpet
Dominik Bukowski - vibraphone
Szymon Łukowski - saxophone
Maciej Sadowski - double bass
Tomasz Sowiński - drums

Shadows Of Autumn (2013)

By Maciej Nowotny

The trumpeter Marcin Gawdzis is a well-known figure on Tri-City mainstream jazz scene. He collaborated with bassist Piotr Lemanczyk, vocalist Krystyna Stańko and with a collective of musicians from Elbląg who recorded together as a band under name of Special Jazz Sextet. As much as in above mentioned collaborations as on his debut album titled "Shadows of the Autumn" Gawdzis shows himself as an admirer of classical jazz. He is never tempted to cross borders of this genre, to experimentate, to surprise. There is also nothing new here in terms of compositions as only one of them - "Autumn Ana" - is penned by Gawdzis. Rest of them - "Autumn in New York" by V. Duke, "Fantasy in "D" by C. Walton, "After you've gone" byH. Creamer & T. Layton, "How insensitive by A.C.Jobim, "Time after time" by J. Styne and "Cherokee" by R. Noble - are all well-known standard, performed countless times by innumerable musicians.

But it does not in any way diminish the value of this music. Standards in jazz were always only point-of-departure for musicians do display their individual and creativity. Perhaps there is little of the latter on this album but plenty of the former thanks to excellent musicians who took part in this session. Vibraphonist Dominik Bukowski, saxophonist Szymon Łukowski, doublebasist Maciej Sadowski and drummer Tomasz Sowiński are all very gifted musicians who make this "old" music sound fresh. To summarize what has been said up to this point, although nothing groundbreaking this issue brings fully satisfactory music who should especially appeal to those for whom jazz is still, and first of all, the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Bill Evans.

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