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Polish jazz, we can say it is in a favorable situation…
particularly with pianist Andrzej Jagodzinski whose inspiration and
energy make him a genuine and daring artist. The Cds of the « Chopin
Cycle » turned out to be the best-sellers of Polish jazz.
They represent a kind of visiting card representing the essential
part of his work in this last decade. His constant cooperation with
Czeslaw Bartkowski on the drums, and Adam Cegielski on the bass, has
reached a state of perfection in jazz… But that does not mean
Jagodzinski has rested on his laurels. On the contrary, he introduces
himself unexpectedly in a new light: and this time he chooses
the accordion (not at all appreciated in Polish jazz) with a jazz
improvisation which strays from folk music and the traditional
bucolic melodic line linked with the accordion.
crazy as it may seem, this idea is perfectly sustained, not only at
the level of musical expression but mostly at the level of a certain
common creation: the beautiful romantic interpretations, very
much acclaimed in the jazz movement, meet in a real jazz ecstasy,
Giovanni Mirabassi, the Italian pianist virtuoso, as expressive as he
is creative and whose popularity is triumphing today in France. This
very unusual instrumental alliance does not obey any common jazz
sonority. The music flows, profound as well as catchy, sensitive and
striking… Polish and Parisian at the same time, it contains
Italian melodic elements, a touch of French romanticism and –
surprisingly- a lightness a noble character already present in « Jazz
Chopin » by Jagodzinski…
this probably stems from Giovanni Mirabassi’s compositions,
perfectly conceived and magnificently interpreted… and whose
Italian melodic line seems childishly simple but its rhythmical
structure is in fact extremely complex. The beauty of this smooth
music reminds us of the importance of melody… and the peace it
can bring us in this world so often disturbed by troubling noises.
This unequaled musical sensibility by Jagodzinski and Mirabassi let
us hope for a new encounter between the two artists. Mirabassi’s
spontaneity brings a new energy in the trio
Jagodzinski-Barthowski-Cegielski. A rare type of encounter between
two musical worlds: the subtlety of the composer and the
perfect interpretation of the musicians mix with penetrating
enthusiasm and coherence.
Dionizy Piatkowski - Review from the Jazz Encyclopedia