Marcin Wasilewski: Cinema Paradiso
Marcin Wasilewski (piano)
January (ECM 2019)
Composed by Ennio Morricone and Andrea Morricone.
Recorded: New York, February, 2007
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
What remarkable patience Wasilewski shows in constructing his performances! Hearing his music is almost like watching the replay of a great sporting event in slow motion. Everything unfolds with such grace and with a relaxed flow, but also conveying a satisfying sense of inevitability to the proceedings. When you ask fans to name great modern rhythm sections, you hardly ever hear them proclaim (let alone spell correctly) the names Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Michal Miskiewicz. Nonetheless, this trio is one of the best you will hear on the current jazz scene. All three players demonstrate a marked sensitivity to space and tonal color. Wasilewski may be best known for his sideman work with Tomasz Stanko - a relationship that dates back to the pianist's mid-teen years. But this artist also demands our respect as a leader in his own right. He may not be as flashy as Esbjörn Svensson or Stefano Bollani, but Wasilewski is definitely a world class talent.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia