Review: Maciek Pysz Trio - Insight
|Artist:||Maciek Pysz Trio|
|Date of Release:||2013/05/22|
|Country of Release:||UK|
|Sub-Genre/s:||Contemporary, Fusion, World Jazz|
|Date of Review:||2013/06/14|
Maciek Pysz Trio's Insight was released on 22nd May on Jazz33. This their debut album has been long and keenly awaited. The debut EP Discoveries from 2008 (with a different line-up) promised much already. Does Insight deliver on this promise?
The line-up is impeccable. In addition to guitar virtuoso Pysz himself, there is the almost ubiquitous, nay almost mandatory it seems, rhythm section of premier drummer / percussionist Asaf Sirkis and highly awarded bass maestro Yuri Goloubev. You could not go wrong with a team like that. The ensemble playing is as much a dream as the soloing all round.
Pysz's acoustic guitar is as outstanding as his classical guitar, a fairly rare sound in jazz. The latter is used to excellent effect on the title track. Sirkis' trap work is as out of this world as ever, here supplemented by his wonderful udu - a West African clay pot drum - on closer Under The Sky, which closes the track with a gorgeous solo. (And you could even 'hear' the syllables of the Carnatic or South Indian art of rhythmic vocalisation that Sirkis uses extensively.) If for no other reason than its title and the udu, this track somehow vaguely brings to mind the Lighthouse Trio's Bajo Del Sol and Above The Sun, although the actual music and style are completely different of course. The udu can also be heard on Lost in London and Maroon to good effect. Goloubev's bass is often solemn, and showing his classical origins beautifully, especially so his gorgeous bowed bass at the beginning of Moody Leaf.
All compositions on Insight are Pysz originals, bar Amici, which is co-written with Gianluca Corona. The inspirations behind them are varied as their style. Maroon stands out as rather obviously inspired by abstract painter Mark Rothko's Red On Maroon. However, thank goodness Pysz's music is far from boring, unlike Rothko's works which are about as exciting as watching paint dry or grass grow, as far as I'm concerned.
Although varied in style - there are, for example, classical influences, Latin-inspired grooves, and more - Insight is cohesive and coherent with an over all reflective kind of mood. It also has a slight 'world music' kind of feel to it, and at times a cinematic one, although it remains firmly in jazz territory. This is the kind of album where you have to let go of your conscious mind and open the flood-gates to intuition and the unconscious.
Pysz most certainly has 'delivered' with Insight as an album as well as on his gorgeous playing. Consistent as could be, Insight is an album that is more than compelling with its charm and beauty, and its own kind of magic. It may take a couple of listens for the casual listener to really appreciate this superb album.
The Maciek Pysz Trio's Insight comes in an excellent digipak, so do get the CD rather than digital download. Buy it you certainly should! It should have huge appeal especially to aficionados of guitar jazz and guitar music in general.
1. Those Days - 6:35
Maciek Pysz - acoustic & classical guitars
Asaf Sirkis - drums, percussion
Yuri Goloubev - double bass
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