Marcin Wasilewski: Diamonds and Pearls
Diamonds and Pearls
Marcin Wasilewski (piano)
Marcin Wasilewski (piano),
Slawomir Kurkiewicz, (bass), Michal Miskiewicz (drums).
Composed by Prince Rogers Nelson.
Recorded: New York, February 2007
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
On their preceding record for ECM, they were simply called The Trio. Now the three young Poles who first gained international attention as trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's rhythm section have evolved to become the pianist's group. He obviously is the main composer on this record, though half of the tunes were penned by Carla Bley, Ennio Morricone or Prince. This shows The Trio's wide-ranging influences, borrowing like most jazz musicians of their generation from both sides of the Atlantic and both sides of the former Iron Curtain. It also shows their ability to drag any tune they like, be it jazz or pop, into the orb of an aesthetic defined during several years of playing together. In this respect, they are still essentially a cooperative trio, as attested by their distinctive sound and interplay. What's more, with a repertoire from both the old and new continents, they elected to record in New York – apparently showing they are unconcerned with the USA vs. European jazz issue that has often attached to recent ECM productions.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num