Friday, September 1, 2017

Soyka & Przybielski – Sztuka Błądzenia (2000)


Stanisław Soyka - piano, violin
Andrzej Przybielski - trumpet

Sztuka Błądzenia


By Adam Baruch

This is an album by the Polish duo which comprises of the vocalist/pianist/violinist Stanisław Soyka and legendary trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski. Soyka does not perform any vocals on this album and appears only as pianist and violinist. The album, recorded during two sessions held a couple of months apart, presents fifteen relatively short freely improvised pieces, not credited on the album's artwork and therefore assumed to be co-composed by the duo members. Soyka and Przybielski cooperated on several recording projects over the years.

The music is obviously a result of searching for new forms of expression, especially as far as Soyka is concerned, since he is mostly associated with Blues and mainstream vocal Jazz, in complete contrast to Przybielski, who was always associated with the avant-garde Polish Jazz movement, although he could play brilliant melodic music as well, when required to do so. Therefore the effort to bridge between the natural environments of the two players is an impossible task and the result fails to create any relevant results. Soyka is completely lost in the Improvising Music idiom and Przybielski is just playing along.

Przybielski plays some brilliant trumpet passages, but they are completely detached from the piano and violin parts created by Syjka and sound completely out of place. Although the album's title promises the listener to discover the art of wandering, in fact he is sadly exposed to the failure of senseless wandering. Although every piece of recorded music by Przybielski is a treasure chest, this album is probably the weakest effort he was ever involved with and as a result it is only marginally interesting.

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