MARCIN WASILEWSKI TRIO, FAITHFUL

As an acoustic trio, pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz choose harmony over conflict, cultivating endless possibilities as they improvise their way through lyrical passages and peaceful interludes. “Faithful” (ECM) is their third solo album as a group and playing against expectations, the trio gets its groove on, so to speak. Maybe it’s because they’ve played and recorded with fellow label mate, the energetic drummer Manu Katche, but several of this album’s tracks share Katche’s adoration for sparkling percussion and expressive interplay. Paul Bley’s mischievous “Big Foot” is the trio’s standout moment – polyrhythmic beats and deeply satisfying bass feed its momentum. The group doesn’t abandon the atmospherics or the indelible rapport for which they are acclaimed, and the title track (written by Ornette Coleman) sums up what the MW trio does best, which is to coerce sophisticated improvisations out of the subtlest of melodies, sometimes a note at a time.  (10 tracks; 71:48 minutes)
    

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JAZZ IN SPACE: MARCIN WASILEWSKI TRIO, FAITHFUL

Friday, April 29, 2011

MARCIN WASILEWSKI TRIO, FAITHFUL

As an acoustic trio, pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz choose harmony over conflict, cultivating endless possibilities as they improvise their way through lyrical passages and peaceful interludes. “Faithful” (ECM) is their third solo album as a group and playing against expectations, the trio gets its groove on, so to speak. Maybe it’s because they’ve played and recorded with fellow label mate, the energetic drummer Manu Katche, but several of this album’s tracks share Katche’s adoration for sparkling percussion and expressive interplay. Paul Bley’s mischievous “Big Foot” is the trio’s standout moment – polyrhythmic beats and deeply satisfying bass feed its momentum. The group doesn’t abandon the atmospherics or the indelible rapport for which they are acclaimed, and the title track (written by Ornette Coleman) sums up what the MW trio does best, which is to coerce sophisticated improvisations out of the subtlest of melodies, sometimes a note at a time.  (10 tracks; 71:48 minutes)
    

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