15 March 2017: music from Piotr Lemanczyk

There appears to be a wealth of superb jazz musicians in Poland and we have featured a number of them on Cosmic Jazz. What’s also  interesting is the way they work with well known musicians from other countries and also welcome them into their bands.

The latter applies to Polish bass player Piotr Lemanczyk who has been active on the Polish scene for twenty-five years, both with his own groups and as part of others. It was a surprise to receive a recording from Orange Trane (for whom Lemanczyk plays bass) that includes British alto sax player Soweto Kinch as a guest artist. He features on Nyamaland and along with Lemanczyk is the exciting vibraphone player Dominik Bukowski. There was also a tune from Lemanczyk’s own group with the interesting title of Instead of Mops.

The programme continued a focus from the previous week with more from two artists appearing at the forthcoming Norfolk & Norwich Festival – Brad Mehldau and Dee Dee Bridgewater. The latter is one of the finest jazz singers of her generation and winner of several Grammy awards, most recently for her 2011 tribute album to Billie Holiday. This version of Mongo Santamaria’s classic Afro Blue comes from Red Earth, an album recorded in Bamoko with Malian musicians.

CJ this week had another tune from the recommended album by young British alto player Camilla George with her Quartet. Zara McFarlane, another young British jazz artist, is featured as a guest vocalist, and this offered an opportunity to play a tune from her last album If You Knew Her. Sometimes you forget how good records are and the atmospheric Move, a tune I had almost ignored, was a perfect example.

To end the show there was more from another Polish favourite, trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik and a final lively piece from Russell Gunn. Is it meant as fun? Is it satirical? Is it paying respect to history? I am not sure. That’s Cosmic Jazz for this week – the world of jazz in just one hour…

  1. Brad Mehldau – Since I Fell For You from Blues and Ballads
  2. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Afro-Blue from Red Earth
  3. Orange Trane – Nyamaland from Interpersonal Lines
  4. Piotr Lemanczyk – Instead of Mops from Live at Club Zak
  5. Camilla George Quartet feat. Zara McFarlane – Ms Baja from Isang
  6. Zara McFarlane – Move from If You Knew Her
  7. Piotr Wojtasik – Thanksgiving from We Want To Give Thanks
  8. Russell Gunn – Del Rio (aka Anita) from Ethnomusicology Vol 2


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