Thursday, November 26, 2015

Quantum Trio – Gravity (2015)

Quantum Trio

Michał Jan Ciesielski - tenor & soprano saxophones
Kamil Zawiślak - piano
Luis Mora Matus - drums



By Adam Baruch

This is the debut album by the Quantum Trio, which consists of Polish saxophonist Michał Jan Ciesielski and pianist Kamil Zawiślak and Chilean drummer Luis Mora Matus. It presents ten original compositions, three of which were composed by Ciesielski, one by Zawiślak, four by Matus and the remaining two by all three members of the trio.

The music is mostly serene, intimate and reflexive, with strong and beautiful melodic themes and a distinct Classical influence. The chamber ambience is also emphasized by the lack of bass, which usually supplies the Jazz pulsation, not present here. Nevertheless this is undoubtedly a Jazz album, although the music is very elegant and almost lofty, somewhat similar to the Scandinavian touch. Contrary to what the trio publishes in their promo materials about their music, all of the music herein is perfectly composed and arranged and shows no traces of spontaneous composition/improvisation.

The personal contributions by all three trio members are without reproach; Ciesielski plays delicate, long phrases with beautiful intonation and great sensitivity, Zawiślak masterly accompanies the saxophone parts and plays elegant solo parts and finally Matus ornaments the music with his rich palette of percussive sounds, showing great imagination and a lot of skill. Overall this is a very enjoyable, delicate and aesthetically pleasing album, and a most impressive debut outing. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Definitely recommended!

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