Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Marcin Wądołowski - My Guitar Therapy (2015)

Marcin Wądołowski

Marcin Wądołowski - guitar
Piotr Lemańczyk - double bass, bass guitar
Adam Czerwiński - drums

My Guitar Therapy


By Adam Baruch

This is the third album by Polish guitarist/composer Marcin Wądołowski, this time recorded in a trio setting with superb bassist (both acoustic and electric) Piotr Lemańczyk and drummer Adam Czerwiński. The album presents nine original compositions, all by Wądołowski.

If the two earlier albums by Wądołowski flirted with Jazz to some extent, this one abandons all Jazz connections and concentrates on Blues or Blues-Rock entirely. Of course the rhythm section comes from the Jazz environment, but they too play along splendidly within the Blues idiom, retaining their superb technique and feeling. Of course Wądołowski improvises extensively during his extended solos, but this is typical Blues-Rock improvisation.

It becomes plainly evident from the early moments of this album that Wądołowski really feels great in this environment and his playing is not only more daring and adventurous but also much gutsier than earlier on. Of course Lemańczyk also adds a few bass solos of his own, which are, as always, absolutely breathtaking, but he easily complies with the Bluesy atmosphere.

Wądołowski writes great melodic tunes, which are ideal vehicles for his guitar pyrotechnics and combine some Funk and Groove on top of the basic Blues-Rock stuff. In short, this music should not be judged by Jazz standards, as it is not Jazz music. It is a down to earth Blues-Rock, excellently played and ideal for the many fans of the genre. It is a great listen and a true fun, without any compromise whatsoever as far as musicianship and integrity are concerned.

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