The Marcin Wasilewski Trio
I’ve been a MONSTER Fan since the beginning. For my money, there’s nothing more sublime than Piano Trios when they lay right back and deliver. This is music to DREAM by.
It never gets old. There’s a new album out with these guys, called Spark Of Life. It can’t and doesn’t get prettier than this.
Here’s a review from ‘Roochak’ on Amazon. I completely concur.
By Roochak on October 18, 2014
Format: Audio CD
It’s taken a few days, but I’ve gone from hearing this music as all delicate washes of saxophone color over the piano trio’s pastel sketches — in other words, as perfect background music — to hearing it as something more challenging.
The tempos are mostly slow, the dynamics rarely rise above mezzo-forte, and pianist/leader Marcin Wasilewski’s dedication to beautiful, singing melodic lines is the raison d’etre of this music; but keep listening and you’ll hear his more aggressive, dissonant side in his solo on the uptempo “Message in a Bottle.” Joakim Milder’s tenor sax joins in on six tunes, including the longer (and perhaps less interesting) version of the title track; the second version, for trio, is a dialogue of bass and piano countermelodies, with a lattice of colors from the drum kit woven in.
The Wasilewski trio isn’t a piano-plus-rhythm showcase; it’s all about a free but melodic ensemble sound with which Milder fits right in. In this band, he’s a colorist and commentator whose finest moments are heard in the melancholy lyricism of “Sleep Safe and Warm” and “Do rycerzy, do szlachty, do mieszczan” (“For Knights, Nobles, Bourgeoisie” by the Polish rock group Hey), but I like his more caustic flights in “Sudovian Dance” and “Still” as well.
SPARK OF LIFE is a jazz album that doesn’t give up its secrets easily, but its subtle, quiet power won’t let you go once it’s hooked you. Marvelous music.
Now. I’m going to post a pair of links to some YouTube Videos. The first of which is ‘Cinema Paradiso’ (Ennio Morricone). It’s painfully, achingly beautiful in MY books:
The second is off the new album, ‘Spark Of Life’. It’s entitled ‘Sleep Safe And Warm’.
OK, so… here’s the BONUS. They are on the ECM Label and that has always meant incredibly fine recording. Some of the best sound you’ll ever hear comes out of ECM. This is a perfect example.
I’m an Audiophile and have a beautiful sound system in my vehicle. This is for those cross country drives, even enjoyed a little more on a quiet drive after dark. I can’t express how many levels this works on for me.
This is as good as it gets when you’re in the right sort of mood. Honest. Try it, I think you just might feel the same way.
**It is available from AMAZON, HERE
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