Monday, May 10, 2021

Andrzej Przybielski & Oleś Brothers - Short Farewell: The Lost Session (2021)

Andrzej Przybielski & Oleś Brothers

Andrzej Przybielski - trumpet
Marcin Oleś - bass
Bartłomiej Oleś - drums

Short Farewell: The Lost Session

AUDIO CAVE 2021/001


By Adam Baruch

This is an archival album presenting recordings made by the legendary Polish Jazz trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski, with the superb rhythm section consisting of bassist Marcin Oleś and his twin brother Bartłomiej Oleś (collectively known as Oleś Brothers). These recordings were considered lost for all these years until now, and after being miraculously recovered and restored, are presented here for the first time. The album presents eleven original compositions, one twelve minutes long and the others running from just under half a minute and up to about four minutes. Three of the compositions are credited to Przybielski, six to Oleś Brothers, one to the trio and finally one to Bartłomiej Oleś.

Przybielski and Oleś Brothers recorded together several times, going back to the turn of the Millennium. First they recorded two albums with the Custom Trio, which featured the Oleś Brothers: “Free Bop” and “Andrzej Przybielski & Custom Trio”. At the time the music included here was recorded (2003), they recorded the album “Abstract” and some years later (2010) they recorded the album “De Profundis”. This album is of course a precious addition to their common recorded legacy and a historic document of the outmost importance.

Przybielski, who died in 2011, was one of Polish Jazz most idiosyncratic figures, a fearless Avant-Gardist and a loner, who was rejected by the local Jazz mainstream and its establishment and as a result was offered relatively few opportunities to record and perform, always acting on the artistic fringe. His sublime technique allowed him to play with heartbreaking lyricism and uncompromising honesty, which sadly was recognized by but a few. I was extremely lucky and fortunate to meet and work with Przybielski during the recording of “The Book Of Job” album, which left an immense impression on me at the time.

It is great to see that Przybielski and his music are not forgotten and are preserved by those who knew and worked with him, carrying the legacy to the next generations. Projects, like this one, are beautiful examples of preservation of High Culture, especially in days when the world is being drowned is mindless excrements.

For true fans of Polish Jazz and European Avant-Garde, this album, despite its short playing time, is an absolute must, of course, literally worth its weight in gold. It would be sacrilegious to treat this music as accidental “leftovers” and it deserves to be treated with love and respect. A great memorial gesture celebrating the tenth anniversary of Przybielski’s premature departure.

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