One of the best European jazz piano trios currently in circulation. For years of rhythmic trust by Tomasz Stanko, the most illustrious of Polish jazz musicians, the trio of Marcin Wasilewski draws its lifeblood from a natural as well as a strong melodic sense, as well as from an interplay that over time has become increasingly pronounced and palpable.
Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Michal Miskiewicz owe the entry into the international circuit to the now consolidated presence in the ECM catalogue, a label for which they recorded together with the compatriot trumpeter Soul of Things (2001), Suspended Night (2003) and Lontano (2005 ). Also for the Munich house, the trio, whose first steps date back to the early nineties, has produced, to date, four albums: Trio (2005), January (2008), Faithful (2011), Spark of Life (2013), with the engagement of the sax of the Swedish Joakim Milder, and Live, recorded in Belgium in August 2016. The participation of the pianist and the double bass player in two works by the drummer Manu Katché (Neighborhood and Playground) and the complete trio in Forever Young by guitarist Jacob Young.
The compositional material of the trio is largely the work of the leader, but there is no shortage of curious and interesting forays into other repertoires, both jazz, such as Big Foot by Paul Bley, King Korn by Carla Bley, Actual Prof by Herbie Hancock, Faithful by Ornette Coleman and Balladyna by Stanko himself, that pop. This latter area includes Bjork’s Hyperballad, Diamond And Pearls by Prince and Message In The Bottle by Police; the latter entry to be part of the trio’s concert schedule. And in January the Morricone theme of Cinema Paradiso also appears.
A distinctive trait always emerges above all: a facility of singing that Wladimir Wasilewski and his companions know well how to get out of their respective instruments.