Saturday, January 9, 2016

Marek Kądziela ADHD – In Bloom (2015)

Marek Kądziela ADHD

Marek Kądziela - guitar
Rudi Mahall - bass clarinet
Andreas Lang - double bass
Kasper Tom Christiansen - drums
Maciej Obara - alto saxophone
Piotr Damasiewicz - trumpet

In Bloom


By Adam Baruch

This is the debut album by an international Jazz quartet ADHD, led by Polish guitarist Marek Kądziela with German bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall and a Danish rhythm section: bassist Andreas Lang and drummer Kasper Tom Christiansen – the latter three being all members of the excellent FUSK quartet. Two distinguished Polish Jazz musicians participate as guests: saxophonist Maciej Obara and trumpeter Piotr Damasiewicz. The album presents ten original compositions (one appears in two versions), all by Kądziela and one standard by Thelonious Monk.

Although free spirited and unconventional, the music is perfectly well rounded and aesthetically pleasing, flirting with Free Jazz and Improvising Music but also presenting melodic motifs and straight forward progressions. Across the board this music is quite accessible even to listeners who are embedded within modern mainstream Jazz.

Kądziela's guitar playing on this album is quite different from his earlier recordings, and most of the time it is pretty straight forward, almost acoustic, and avoids the usage of electronics and heavy sound effects. He manages to completely keep away from the dreaded Fusionist banalities that most modern guitar players suffer from, which is truly praiseworthy. Therefore it is perhaps the first time the listener can truly appreciate his ability to play melody and complex improvisations, which sound perfectly clear and vivid. The solo guitar piece on this album is definitely one of its absolute highlights.

The contributions by the other members of the quartet, as well as those by the guests, are all excellent as well. I have already written much about the FUSK quartet and these are some of my favorite European musicians, so their performances here are hardly surprising. The Lang/Christiansen rhythm section in one of the top of its kind at the moment and Mahall's legendary status is already well established. Kądziela couldn't have found better partners for his musical explorations anywhere else to be honest. The two Polish guests are also masters of their trade and the tracks that feature their contributions add generously to the diversity of this album.

I admit to having digestion problems with some of Kądziela's earlier recordings, but I completely love this one, and I am very happy to say so. This music makes perfect sense to me, worms up my brain cells and keeps me smiling. For me it definitely is the best piece of music I have heard, that he produced. But of course the future is ahead of us…

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