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Adam Baldych Quintet: Poetry feat. Paolo Fresu
17,50 €
dodacia doba 7-28 dní
Katalógové číslo:
ACT 9939-2
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Adam Baldych
Adam Baldych, Dawid Fortuna , Krzysztof Dys, Michał Barański, Paolo Fresu
Zoznam skladieb
dostupné: január 2022
Genre: Jazz, Crossover

1 Heart Beats ( Adam Baldych) 03:57
2 I Remember ( Adam Baldych) 06:09
3 Stars ( Adam Baldych) 05:14
4 Teodor ( Adam Baldych) 06:03
5 Poetry ( Adam Baldych) 03:52
6 Hyperballad ( Björk) 05:19
7 Wish ( Adam Baldych) 04:52
8 Psalmody ( Adam Baldych) 05:44
9 Birds ( Adam Baldych) 03:38
10 Grace ( Adam Baldych) 01:21
11 Open Sky ( Adam Baldych)

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Adam Bałdych / violin, renaissance violin
Paolo Fresu / trumpet, flugelhorn
Marek Konarski / tenor saxophone
Krzysztof Dys / piano
Michał Barański / double bass
Dawid Fortuna / drums
Polish violinist Adam Bałdych is not only one of the unique virtuosos, but also one of the great poets of contemporary jazz. The fact that his music has a particularly lyrical vein, fed by the classical-romantic tradition of his instrument, by the typical melismas of Polish folk music, but also by the "blue notes" of jazz, is pointed out by almost all of the laudators of the multi-award winner, whether at the ECHO Jazz, the Grand Prix Jazz Melomani and the "Frederyk" - the most important Polish jazz prizes -, at the honouring with the Golden Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland or recently at the BMW World Jazz Award. They are indeed more poems than stories that Bałdych creates with all the means at his disposal, from pizziccato and battuto to buttery bowing and alienations and loops Admittedly, it took another friend, who, after Bałdych played him some of his latest compositions, said, "Boy, you really are a poet on the violin," before the obvious title for his new album was found: "Poetry." Because Bałdych has always loved to include suitable partners in his projects - at first mainly pianists like Iiro Rantala, Yaron Herman and Helge Lien, most recently cellist Vincent Courtois - he went in search of a guest who fits the description of musical poetry. And came up with someone who, after a moment's thought, may be regarded not only as an obvious choice, but as an almost dream line-up: the Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, a master of Mediterranean-bright jazz full of poetic power "I had already met Paolo some time ago when I played at his festival in Sardinia," Bałdych recounts. "Even in conversation at the time I recognised a kind of kindred spirit, and after everything I'd heard from him I could now well imagine that his sound could be a perfect fit and an ideal addition to my album. I invited him over and sent him some material from rehearsals. He immediately responded with demo recordings from which I could see that he had effortlessly found space to express himself. Then, during the recording sessions, I felt this special connection even before we had played a note. It was a fantastic collaboration." Whereby it certainly helped that Baldych stretches the arc on "Poetry" further this time than perhaps ever before. As unmistakable as his violin tone and the anthemic qualities of his compositions are, the forms, colours and stylistic influences are as diverse. Far less "classical" than on "Sacrum Profanum", when he elegiacally charged sacred music of many centuries. More diverse also because he has expanded his Polish quartet - in which above all drummer Dawid Fortuna is now much more powerful and jazzy - with saxophonist Marek Konarski Already the titles of the pieces testify to the wide horizon. "Stars", "Wish", "Birds", "Grace" or "Open Sky" - great themes and clear concepts are what Baldych imagines here from playing. Already on the opener "Heart Beats", when continuous double beats make you think of the heartbeat, which is then melodically played around by the flow of blood, so to speak. In the incarnation of the cheerful-playful, as it sounds in the homage to his son "Teodor". Or in the dramatically rhythmic but evenly rolling "Psalmody", which actually carries the old Gregorian chants. Also on Björk's "Hyperballad", which is carried by a simple but powerful "hookline" and is the only piece on the album not composed by himself The fact that "Poetry" sounds so extraordinarily harmonious and intimate, and that Paolo Fresu seems like a long-time band member, also has to do with the recording. "We all went together to the Monochrom Studio in Gniewoszów, Silesia, completely secluded at the foot of the mountains. It was important to me that we could move freely, especially in Corona times, that we could live this brotherhood in the studio, inspire each other without external influences and develop new things. Musically, I had prepared everything very precisely, the better we could then get into the flow." You can hear that, and so it's anything but flippant to state: This album is a poem.
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