Monday, February 17, 2014

Tim Daisy & Mikolaj Trzaska - In This Moment (2014)

Tim Daisy & Mikolaj Trzaska

Mikołaj Trzaska - alto saxophone
Tim Daisy - drums

In This Moment (2014)

By Peter Margasak

(excerpts from Peter Margasek article "Tim Daisy and Mikolaj Trzaska hit the road" covering the U.S. tour of this duo):

"Tonight Chicago jazz and improvised-music fixture Tim Daisy launches a short midwestern and southern tour with the fiery Polish reedist Mikolaj Trzaska, a regular collaborator in recent years. They first came together as members of Ken Vandermark's Resonance Ensemble, and they've since worked together in the quartet Inner Ear with New York trombonist Steve Swell and Swedish tubaist Per-Åke Holmlander. The duo's shows are in support of a terrific, concise new album the pair just released on the drummer's Relay Records imprint called In This Moment. The recording, which features Trzaska exclusively on alto saxophone, was made in October 2012, not long after the Resonance Ensemble played the Chicago Jazz Festival. Local flavor plays heavily in the titles of the five improvised pieces, with street names like Division, Cortez, and Washtenaw turning up in three of them.

Both players are known for their power, but In This Moment is a beautifully temperate effort, one that freely taps into the swing rhythms and buoyant melodies that betray the duo's deep jazz foundations. Tonight's performance happens at Constellation, part of a double bill with another good-looking duo: vibist Jason Adasiewicz and reedist Keefe Jackson. Below you can check out one of the album's airier tracks, the gently rumbling "Grass and Trees."


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