Wojciech Staroniewicz “Alternations”

32,00 zł

Wojciech Staroniewicz – tenor & soprano saxophones
Sławek Jaskułke – piano
Leszek Możdzer – piano
Michał Barański – bass
Hubert Zemler – drums




 A Little Closer
 A Catalan
 Next Door
 Major Alterations
 Dogs On Tour

     “Organised trance, unlimited musical space in a small club room, free improvisation subjected to strict rules which 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.


     This is an excellent album by Polish saxophonist / composer Wojciech Staroniewicz, recorded with his quartet, which includes pianist Slawomir Jaskulke, bassist Michal Baranski and drummer Hubert Zemler. Polish piano superstar Leszek Mozdzer sits in on three tracks, replacing the regular pianist. Staroniewicz composed all the nine tracks present here, which again proves his abilities as a composer, as they versatile and vary in mood and melodic direction, including some subtle World Music influences. The music is performed perfectly with the leader soloing extensively, and his solos are always a pleasure to listen to. On the three tracks Mozdzer guests on, he also gets plenty of space to show his chops. The rhythm section gives the soloist excellent support and the overall sound of the quartet is very solid. Staroniewicz has a wonderful tone on tenor and soprano saxophone and an unusually melodic approach, which does not diminish his improvisational qualities, which are truly impressive. Overall this album is a lot of fun to listen to and a great proof that solid, melodic Jazz can be also of high quality and interest. This album is most warmly recommended to Jazz fans who love quality modern mainstream Jazz.
Adam Baruch


This project has been subsidised by a grant from the Pomerania Voivodeship Marshal