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Dan dares as Mattering and Meaning intimations begin to trickle down

On Mattering and Meaning here's keyboardist Dan Nicholls' serene jazztronica 'Papa' using what's like a tack piano, loops, ambient sounds and field recordings in the mix. The video, making great use of saturated colours, is by Dutch filmmaker and …

Published: 24 Jun 2021. Updated: 29 days.

On Mattering and Meaning here's keyboardist Dan Nicholls' serene jazztronica 'Papa' using what's like a tack piano, loops, ambient sounds and field recordings in the mix. The video, making great use of saturated colours, is by Dutch filmmaker and anthropologist Louise Boer. The monastic sense of repose and inner peace is striking. More on Nicholls, mentioned in a 2016 live review appearing inside the band Can of Worms at The Oxford, Kentish Town but go back even earlier to travel to 2014 with his band Strobes playing the Vortex, Dalston.

The absorbing avant-garde and yes totally dazzling 'Breathe' is also streaming. The approach here sits well along with dear readers if say you possess an affinity for Elliot Galvin's innovations then you will be on your way through the door of perception in.

Mattering and Meaning link, issuing label is the Finnish company We Jazz, and the album is a 13 August release.

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The mayor of Warsaw pays tribute to Wojciech Karolak who has died at the age of 82

Rafał Trzaskowski, mayor of Warsaw, himself the son of a legendary Polish jazz musician pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski who during the Cold War years accompanied Stan Getz on some beautiful recordings, has paid tribute to Hammond organist Wojciech …

Published: 24 Jun 2021. Updated: 29 days.

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Rafał Trzaskowski, mayor of Warsaw, himself the son of a legendary Polish jazz musician pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski who during the Cold War years accompanied Stan Getz on some beautiful recordings, has paid tribute to Hammond organist Wojciech Karolak, also tweeting the photo above, who has died at the age of 82. The mayor in his tweet describes Karolak famed in Poland for such recordings as Time Killers as (here translated): ''An outstanding jazzman, a gentleman with extraordinary smartness, always standing out against the background of communist greyness, with class and wit. Nobody played the Hammond organ that way'' adding regretfully that he and Karolak had made an appointment to talk about his father and his band the Wreckers but that didn't happen in the end.

Gazeta Wyborcza describe in their tribute Karolak as ''one of the greatest jazz musicians in Poland.'' Karolak collaborated, among others Gazeta notes with a host of luminaries including Jan "Ptaszyn" Wróblewski and Krzysztof Komeda and arranged and composed for Studio M-2 and the Polish Radio Big Band.

A couple of times when I lived in Warsaw in the early-1990s I met Karolak. He made me laugh talking about having to ''saw down'' the very wide Hammond to manage to get it into his apartment! He was a magnetic presence even a brief meet-up easily confirmed. Later in London I compiled an organ-themed compilation for a covermounted promotional disc issued by the magazine Jazz on CD that included a track of Wojciech's. I'm listening to that track 'State Train' today in memory of Karolak.

In the 1980s, together with tenor saxophonist Tomasz Szukalski (1947-2012) and drummer Czesław ''Mały'' (''Little'') Bartkowski Time Killers from which the haunting 'State Train' is drawn was his finest hour and remains an acclaimed classic. SG