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    Channeling Komeda

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    This is a wonderful tribute recording to the late, great Krzysztok Komeda, Poland’s leading jazz artist in the fifties and sixties and the man who scored Roman Polanski’s early films. Komeda’s haunting melodies, off-center rhythms and experiments with form made him an iconic figure in his native land as well as abroad. Fittingly, Polish saxophonist Adam Pieronczyk, who conceived and directed this project, eschewed an imitative approach in favor of a more oblique treatment. He replaced piano with guitar, applied a wider array of percussion effects beyond the standard drum kit, and created arrangements that exhibit a much different overall soundscape while still evoking the quicksilver spirit of Komeda’s original recordings. Pieronczyk’s interpretations are a bit less adventuresome, perhaps, but are still imbued with appropriately dark emotional tonalities. Komeda likely would have approved.

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