Thursday, July 26, 2018

Czeslaw Bartkowski - 1976 - Drums Dream

Czeslaw Bartkowski
Drums Dream

01. Drums Dream [2:02]
02. Przejsciowka / Bridge-Passage [3:28]
03. FAO [8:09]
04. Rozmowa Z Dzwonem / Conversation With A Bell [1:51]
05. Druga Swobodna Etiuda / The Second Free Etude [2:58]
06. Rozmowa Ze Sliwka Bez Pestek / Conversation With A Pipless Plum [2:07]
07. Good Times, Bad Times [8:04]
08. Seven For Five [7:18]
09. Kolysanka Dla Malutkich Chinczykow / Lullaby For Tiny Chinamen [4:07]

Polish Jazz vol. 50
Recorded at 1974-1975

Czeslaw Bartkowski - drums, percussion
Tomasz Stanko - trumpet
Tomasz Szukalski - soprano saxophone
Adam Makowicz - electric piano
Wojciech Karolak - keyboards

Studio Jazzowe PR Orchestra conducted by Jan 'Ptaszyn' Wroblewski

A drum-heavy set from Polish percussionist Czeslaw Bartkowski – mostly solo on most tracks, but with occasional accompaniment on trumpet, electric piano, and soprano sax on a few of the fuller numbers – plus some great funky big band arrangements at the end! The sound is often spare and moody, but also melodic – similar to some of Max Roach's solo percussion efforts – in that Bartkowski isn't too concerned with going too far out, or getting too free – just working drums and percussion within new modes in jazz! The last few tracks on the album flesh out the sound with fuller orchestrations from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – in a way that's almost funky at times 

Great album! Worth the rediscovery.