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Organised trance, unlimited musical space in a small club room, free improvisation subjected to strict rules—this is the path many jazz musicians follow nowadays. To run away from it or to go along with it? This is the question most definitely asked by any leader who starts playing with a new band, who starts playing new material, which—if it passes the acid test—can be materialised on a new record.
The new Wojciech Staroniewicz’s quartet is an attempt to combine these opposites, an attempt to organise them with young musicians whose play represents a clash between firmness and gentleness, order and chaos, energy and calm—not necessarily in separation from each other.
There is definitely more space in this music than there was in Staroniewicz’s previous project. The pieces are not so precisely organised, parts played by individual musicians do not mesh so closely as before. There is a breath, a moment to look beyond the hermetic world of music, even if we think we sit tightly enclosed in it.