Jazztopad Festival: Wójciński / Szmańda Quartet and STRYJO
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Wójciński / Szmańda Quartet:
With pianist Szymon Wójciński, trumpeter Maurycy Wójciński, bassist Ksawery Wójciński, and drummer Krzysztof Szmańda
With pianist Nikola Kołodziejczyk, bassist Maciej Szczyciński, and drummer Michał Bryndal
The annual Jazztopad Festival at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is a must-see showcase for anyone interested in the world of jazz and improvised music. This year, each set will be split between two groups: the Wójciński / Szmańda Quartet and STRYJO. The two groups are quite different, but they compliment one another beautifully. The Wójciński / Szmańda Quartet features the three Wójciński brothers – each of them a current mainstay in the Polish jazz scene – on trumpet, piano, and bass, plus Krzysztof Szmańda on drums. The first time they ever played together as a group, they recorded the session simply for their own personal documentation. That they decided instead to release it as their debut album speaks to the group’s chemistry and caliber of musicianship. Attentive listeners will be rewarded with extended, explorative improvised sections that often reach moments of almost ecstatic musical unity. STRYJO is a trio that, on paper, probably sounds like it’s for a niche audience, but that’s absolutely not the case. STRYJO performs 100% improvised songs (including themes, rhythms, structure, etc.) that sound neither “free” nor overly simplistic. Thanks to shared musical instincts and years of experience with one another, this trio creates unusually concise and cohesive pieces (averaging about five minutes on their recent double album A Vista Social Club) that do not sound completely written, but do sound as though they’ve at least agreed on some of the components beforehand, though they’ll assure you that’s not the case. Groove seems to be a priority here, and STRYJO’s embrace of easily identifiable rhythmic foundations makes their music immediately accessible and allows them to dazzle with the details.
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