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Requiem

Komeda Project

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WMD03588522
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Poland
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Plenty has been written about European musicians approaching the American jazz tradition; it's far rarer to hear about American musicians bringing their heritage to distinctly European projects. Capitalizing on the critical acclaim for it's debut 'Crazy Girl', pianist/composer/arranger Andrzej Winnicki and saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna - the driving force behind Komeda Project - bring trumpeter Russ Johnson back for their new CD 'Requiem'. What makes Requiem different, however, and a significant evolution over Crazy Girl, is the enlistment of ber-bassist SCOTT COLLEY and the equally ubiquitous drummer NASHEET WAITS. Like Crazy Girl, Requiem's primary focus is to bring the music of the late, legendary Polish composer/pianist Krzysztof Komeda (Rosemary's Baby; Knife in the Water) into the new millennium with fresh arrangements, but this time the approach is far more open-ended. Sacrificing the 'comfort zone' of a group familiar with the music, Winnicki and Medyna opted, instead, for the first encounter 'sound of surprise' that comes from working with master musicians like Colley and Waits. 'The profile of the repertoire on Crazy Girl was different,' says Medyna. 'The songs were selected more for gigging, so they were more straight-ahead.' With Requiem, Komeda Project aims for something different. 'Requiem sounds freer,' says Winnicki,' because there's a new rhythm section that had never encountered this music before. Krzysztof, Russ and I have performed some of it's material live, but 'Prayer and Question' and 'Dirge for Europe' were brought into the studio for the first time.' The initially dark-hued 'Prayer and Question' leads into one of Requiem's fieriest passages, with Colley and Waits' hard-swinging foundation supporting both it's serpentine melody and Winnicki's most unfettered solo of the set. 'Dirge for Europe' heads into previously uncharted territory, a feature for Johnson and Medyna that's bolstered by Waits' propulsive, New Orleans-influenced rhythm. The three-part epic, 'Night-time, Daytime Requiem,' and equally complex, twisting and turning 'Astigmatic,' put a contemporary face on two of Komeda's most timeless compositions. 'Komeda wrote 'Night-time' after he heard of John Coltrane's death,' Winnicki explains, 'and he was a huge fan, even if his music doesn't reflect it in a literal sense.' It's a similar love of Coltrane that inspired Winnicki's modal 'Anubis,' one of Requiem's two non-Komeda originals. The other, the pianist's turbulently rubato 'Elutka,' is expanded from it's origins as a soprano sax/piano duet to become a through-composed full ensemble piece that dovetails perfectly with Komeda's 'Ballad for Bernt.' Pianist KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA was one of Poland's most famous modern composers and band leaders during a brief life that ended in 1969, just shy of his 38th birthday. A self-taught musician, Komeda was best known for his scores to Roman Polanski films, from the director's breakthrough, Knife in the Water (1962), to his Hollywood hits, The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) and Rosemary's Baby (1968). He also led a renowned jazz quintet, releasing the internationally acclaimed 'Astigmatic' in 1966. Trumpeter Tomasz Stanko - an international jazz star for his series of groundbreaking ECM albums including Litania (1997), an album of all-Komeda music - was the pianist's constant band mate from 1963 to 1968. Komeda's group also featured, at one time, saxophonist Michael Urbaniak and drummer Czeslaw Bartkowski, both of whom found widespread acclaim in Urbaniak's 1970s group, Fusion, where the leader doubled on violin. Born and raised in Poland, ANDRZEJ WINNICKI and KRZYSZTOF MEDYNA have been playing together for over thirty years. They bring both a European classicism and melancholy Slavic melodism to music that's heavily refracted through the prism of the American tradition. Before moving to the United States in the late 1980s, they spent years touring Europe with the award-winning group Breakwater. Medyna was also a member of In/Formation, also featuring Czeslaw Bartkowski, touring extensively on double

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  • 01. "Night-time, Daytime Requiem Pt. 1 "
  • 02. "Night-time, Daytime Requiem Pt. 2 "
  • 03. "Night-time, Daytime Requiem Pt. 3 "
  • 04. Ballad for Bernt
  • 05. Dirge for Europe
  • 06. Astigmatic
  • 07. Elutka
  • 08. Prayer and Question
  • 09. Litania
  • 10. Anubis

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