Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Krzysztof Komeda – People Meet And Sweet Music Fills The Heart (2017)

Krzysztof Komeda

Unknown musicians

People Meet And Sweet Music Fills The Heart (Soundtrack)

GAD 060

By Adam Baruch

This is an archival release of the previously unissued soundtrack composed by the Godfather of modern Polish Jazz, Krzysztof Komeda, which accompanied the film with the above title, by Danish director Henning Carlsen, premiered in November of 1967. It was the last cooperation between Komeda and Carlsen, which continued for several years and produced some of the most striking European soundtracks ever to be recorded. The album presents the nineteen short pieces, which were incorporated within the film, as well as five bonus tracks which are outtakes or alternate versions from the recording sessions. The music was recorded in Denmark by a band and a string section, the lineups of which are unknown.

The music is typical Komeda cinematic work, which includes several wonderfully melodic themes and a series of musical fragments needed as background music for the film's scenes. None of these themes "made it" into the classic Komeda standards, which became a part of the rich legacy of Polish Jazz, simply for the reason that this music was never released on record and was not played by Komeda's groups, as he left for the US soon after the film was released. It was the last European film Komeda composed the soundtrack for, followed by a brief, but brilliant Hollywood career, tragically cut short by his death just a year and a half later.

Although not entirely within the Jazz idiom, the music is mostly closely related to Jazz, even on the background pieces, with the Jazz pulse present, with varying degrees of explicitly. The band features flute, saxophone, trumpet and a rhythm section, and on a few tracks also a string section, which of course also emphasizes the Jazzy side of the music. Komeda's modern European Jazz was ideally suited to the European cinema of the mid 1960s, which was also trying to find its own esthetic and artistic quality different from the established American values.

For the many fans of Komeda all over the world this album is an absolutely essential addition to their collection and a wonderful missing piece of the puzzle. Elegantly packed and accompanied by intelligent liner notes, which present the historical background information about this music, this is a true gem. GAD Records make history again!

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