Zbigniew Preisner is one of Europe’s leading film composers. Hollywood would do well to bring him over for more work.
Laboratorium present high-quality fusion from Poland.
Some notes on this record…:
Genre: Jazz Fusion, Contemporary Jazz
Label / Catalogue: Metal Mind Productions / MMP CD 0454 DG (Reissue)
Janusz Grzywacz – piano, Fender-Rhodes electric piano, ARP-Odyssey synthesizer
Marek Stryszowski – vocals, alto & soprano saxophones
Paweł Ścierański – guitar
Krzysztof Ścierański – bass
Mieczysław Górka – drums
01 Przejazd / The Journey 0:00
02 I’m Sorry, I’m Not Driver 1:35
03 Etiudka / Little Etude 8:42
04 Śniegowa Panienka / The Snow Girl 10:08
05 Lady Rolland 18:24
06 Quasimodo 20:08
07 Kyokushinkai 30:59
08 Ikona / An Icon – In Memory Of Zbigniew Seifert 33:53
— Bonus Live Tracks —
09 Etiudka 40:09
10 Śniegowa Panienka 42:43
11 Odjazd 53:51
12 Zdrowie Na Budowie 1:00:26
Tracks 1-8 recorded at Polskie Nagrania Studios, Warsaw, on March 1979
Tracks 9-12 recorded live in Krákow, 1979
Originally released as Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 1784 (Polish Jazz Vol. 58)
Uri Caine plays Wladyslaw Szpilman — a special project of Tzadik Poznan Festival 2013
Marek Edelman once said, “Szpilman is the symbol of all those, who survived, since there must have been dozens of unlikely, wondrous circumstances to survive.”
The music of this composer and pianist — a student of the Fryderyk Chopin Conservatory in Warsaw under the tutelage of Jozef Smidowicz and Aleksander Michalowski and later the Academy of Arts in Berlin, where he studied under Arthur Schnabel and Leonid Kreutzer (piano) as well as composition under Franz Schreker — is know around the entire world thanks in large part due to Roman Polanski’s movie, The Pianist.
This cultural and artistic project is devoted to the figure and oeuvre of a prominent composer, the creator of classical music and many unforgettable songs that have become permanently ingrained into the cultural history of the 20th century.
Uri Caine performed on Tzadik Poznan Festival with Polish musicians Ksawery Wójciński on the double bass and Robert Rasz on the percussion. The musicians together presented authorial interpretations of Szpilman’s compositions.
Uri Caine, one of the great innovators of contemporary music, will pay tribute in this way to the Polish composer and pianist.
Good news from Poland! It seems the film industry is growing rapidly over there, and it’s producing quality material. Stephen Heyman of the New York Times has an article about Poland’s film scene here.
Czesław Niemen was quite an interesting character. He wrote a song Marlene Dietrich would cover, as well as one of the greatest protest songs in the history of Polish rock (“Dziwny jest ten świat” [Strange Is This World]).
This particular piece almost counts as something resting between liturgical music and something akin to Queen, with an almost gospel-like vocal feel to it.