Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Krzysztof Kobyliński feat. Erik Truffaz – Give Me November (2018)

Krzysztof Kobyliński feat. Erik Truffaz

Krzysztof Kobyliński - piano
Erik Truffaz - trumpet

Give Me November


By Adam Baruch

This is the debut album by a duo comprising of veteran Polish Jazz pianist / composer / bandleader / entrepreneur Krzysztof Kobyliński and French trumpeter Erik Truffaz. The album presents nine original compositions, all by Kobyliński.

The music is all based on the strongly melodic themes, which are Kobyliński's trademark, full of typical Polish melancholy and lyricism and often reflecting references to Polish Folklore. Some of these compositions appeared on earlier recordings by Kobyliński, but this intimate duo setting puts them in a different light and mood, and makes them worth revisiting.

Most of the improvisational artistry on this album is naturally performed by Truffaz, who is a proven Master of his instrument. On this album Truffaz demonstrates a mellow, melodic mood, as appropriate for the circumstances, but his playing is full of artistry and sensitivity. Kobyliński stays mostly in the background, accompanying the trumpet lead amicably, taking occasional solos as well. The duo works together well and manages to create a full musical experience, proving that the unusual piano / trumpet instrumentation is completely viable and artistically convincing.

Overall this is a enjoyable album, which emphasizes the gentle side of the Jazz idiom, well within the mainstream tradition, but offers an unusual instrumental setting and deeply melodic contents, which is accessible to a wide range of Jazz and Jazz related listeners.

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