Thursday, April 22, 2021

T/Aboret - Cyjanotypia (2021)

T/Aboret


Natalia Czekała - piano, vocals
Karolina Matuszkiewicz - strings, vocals
Maciej Szczyciński - double bass
Krzysztof Guzewicz - percussion
and
Andrzej Lewocki - palmas (5)
Łukasz Korybalski - trumpet (8)



Cyjanotypia

PRIVATE EDITION 2021

By Adam Baruch

This is the debut album by Polish Jazz quartet T/Aboret comprising of pianist/vocalist Natalia Czekała, string instruments player/vocalist Karolina Matuszkiewicz, bassist Maciej Szczyciński and percussionist Krzysztof Guzewicz. A couple of guest players appear on two tracks. The album presents nine tracks, which are a mixture of arrangements of folk songs and original compositions. The music was recorded at the fabulous Monochrom Studio and engineered by Ignacy Gruszecki, offering the usual excellent sound quality.

The music is heavily soaked in Polish Folklore, especially that of the Kurpie region, which already was featured as the central theme of two excellent Polish Jazz albums: "Bukoliki" and "Kurpian Songs & Meditations". In fact, the quartet’s music manages to incorporate the Folklore so closely into their musical fabric, that it is impossible to distinguish which of the tracks are arrangements of Folk melodies and which are original compositions.

The group members play on a plethora of instruments, especially Matuszkiewicz, most of which are associated with folk music. The overall acoustic sound is serene, deeply melancholic and beautifully melodic, with the Jazz elements appearing as an undercurrent accent, rather than the main facet of the music. This album is one of several recent Polish Jazz releases, which emphasize the popularity of the trend of returning to the musical roots, in which young musicians find a remedy for the constant pressure of the global noise and emptiness of uniform non-culture.

Overall this is a highly aesthetic, delicate and beautifully designed piece of embracing music, which offers an immediate, embraceable aural experience, respectful of tradition and Culture in general. Definitely a breath of fresh air and a most promising debut effort! 

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