Marcin Wasilewski: Diamonds and Pearls


Diamonds and Pearls



January (ECM)

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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 Quénum

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  • 1 brian kinyon // Feb 27, 2009 at 03:55 AM
    Really nice track. The groovy one would be proud!
  • 2 klos // May 01, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    ...wiecej tak udanych nagran!!! Polski Jazz nie rdzewieje majac tak zdolna i utalentowana mlodziez!!!!!!!!! J.T.Klos