Sunday, October 25, 2015

Kądziela & Wójciński – 10 Little Stories (2015)

Kądziela & Wójciński

Marek Kądziela - guitar
Ksawery Wójciński - double bass

10 Little Stories


By Adam Baruch

This is the debut album by the duo comprising of two Polish Jazz musicians: guitarist Marek Kądziela and bassist Ksawery Wójciński. It presents ten original compositions, six of which were composed by Kądziela, one by Wójciński and three were co-composed by them both.

For people familiar with other recordings by these two musicians, this album will be quite a surprise, if not a total shock, as both of them are usually associated with the Free Jazz/Improvised Music scene and their music on this album (at least in part) is melodic, structured and romantic on occasion, with Wójciński even singing occasionally. Actually this approach is quite refreshing as it shows new facets of their musical personalities and results in the album being diverse and unpredictable.

Of course they are both first rate players, which is already a well established fact, but this album emphasizes that they are able to cross genre differences at will, with seemingly no effort. Kądziela keeps his guitar idiosyncrasies to a reasonable minimum, not using the distortion and other devices as much as usually, which enables the listener to hear him play "naked" guitar at last. Wójciński, as usual, is beyond reproach, always precisely on time and with the appropriate tone, keeping the harmony together.

Overall this is a revealing, very personal and delicate album, which perhaps does not break any new ground, but is definitely a display of talent and interesting music making. Since it is more accessible that most other recordings by these artists, perhaps some listeners will be open to listen to their music as a result of hearing this album, which is always a good thing.

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