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© 1998-2019 Not Two Records

 Title:               Baterie

 By:                  Janusz Zdunek

 Released in:   2001

 Format:          CD

 Catalog No:    MW 730-2

 Price :             12 EUR

Tracklist:

1. I Love You (Janusz Zdunek) [06:24]

2. Block (Jacek Buhl) [04:19]

3. New Batteries (Krzysztof Gruse) [00:35]

4. Coda Be be (Janusz Zdunek) [03:24]

5. Smell Of A Rabbit (Janusz Zdunek) [03:40]

6. Boards & Cardboard (Jacek Buhl) [03:52]

7. Kattorna (Krzysztof Komeda) [06:18]

8. Uno (Janusz Zdunek) [03:53]

9. New Batteries (Krzysztof Gruse) [01:02]

10. A Melody (trad.) [04:36]

11. It Is My Life (Janusz Zdunek) [07:33]

12. Boards Cardboard & Ice (Jacek Buhl) [02:58]

13. Be Be Cia Cia (Janusz Zdunek) [08:20]

14. New Batteries (Krzysztof Gruse) [00:41]

15. What An Amount (Władysław Refling) [05:05]

 

Line-up:

Janusz Zdunek - trumpet, boice, cock from a fair

Tomasz Glazik - tenor saxophone

Władysław Refling - bass guitar, voice

Jacek Buhl - drums, percussion

Krzysztof Gruse - voice

Joanna Zadora - voice

Grzegorz Kaźmierczak - voice

Damian Daniewski - accordion, voice

Review:

This is the 3rd album by Polish Jazz trumpeter / composer Janusz Zdunek and his quartet called 4 Syfon, which also included saxophonist Tomasz Glazik, bassist Wladyslaw Refling and drummer Jacek Buhl. Of the fifteen relatively short tracks on this album, six were composed by Zdunek, three by Buhl, another three (or in fact one repeated three times) by guest vocalist Krzysztof GruseFind albums by this artist, one by Refling, one is a folk tune and the remaining one is by Krzysztof Komeda, the Godfather of Polish Jazz.

Although recorded after the heyday of the Polish Yass movement, which happened in the late 1990s, Zdunek continues the nonchalant, almost Punk attitude towards Jazz on this album. Based on simple, repetitive rhythm patterns, which originate mostly in Rock, the melody and the improvisation is played on top, sometimes by one instrument and sometimes by both soloists. A few tracks are pretty "free" (written, not surprisingly by Buhl, who would be drawn towards the Free Jazz movement later on in his career), but they are definitely exceptions.

The group´s treatment of the Komeda tune is perhaps the most typical example of the idea behind this music; rhythmic simplicity and improvisation on top, with some Rap elements and overall atmosphere of "we do our thing and don´t give a fuck what you think about it". Strangely enough it works just fine. It´s pretty obvious that these are greatly talented musicians, trying very hard not to show it.

Over a decade after it was recorded, this music definitely lost some of its initial innovative approach and edge, but most of it still sounds pretty cool today. Not for everybody, but there are enough weirdoes out there to enjoy this stuff immensely forever.

(review courtesy of AdamBaruch.com)