Friday, October 17, 2014

Zbigniew Namyslowski - 1973 - Winobranie

Zbigniew Namyslowski

01. Winobranie
02. Jak Nie Masz Szmalu To Jest Laz
03. Nie Mniej Niz 5%
04. Gogoszary
05. Pierwsza Pielgrzymka
06. Ballada Na Grzedzie
07. Misie
08. Taj Mahal / Winobranie
09. Companies etc

Bass – Pawel Jarzebski
Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Tomasz Szukalski
Cello, Composed By, Piano, Alto Saxophone – Zbigniew Namyslowski
Drums – Kazimierz Jonkisz
Trombone, Percussion – Stanislaw Cieslak

Recorded in Warsaw, February 1973.

This and Don Cherry's Eternal Rhythm are the best examples of fusing jazz and world music that I have heard.  The album is essentially a quasi-suite that confidently juggles a wide variety of styles: bop, free, Polish and Balkan folk, Hindu, and jazz-rock that for once does not turn my stomach over.  As often with the best Polish jazz albums, of particular strength are numerous duos, including a great one between bass and electric cello.  Namyslowski is a master saxophonist, but here he also convincingly plays cello, piano, and flute; the latter's smooth tone perfectly calms the music down after the periods of intense jamming.  Szukalski is spectacular on tenor, which he intersperses with
bass clarinet phrases.  All of this adds to an impressive stylistic and instrumental variety of the music.  The most astonishing is the last track, where the ability of the musicians to emulate Hindu-influenced sound textures with traditional jazz instruments is uncanny.  It took me a while before I realized that no sitar (a prepared piano) or tempura (the bass) are involved.  A true masterpiece that displays Namyslowski's rhythmic genius and openness to the world music.

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