Marcin Wasilewski trio, En attendant, ECM ****

Expect to wait a very long time for a record as deep and meaningful to come along. A very introspective record, and the Wasilewski trio can be very intense and private as a default setting, that is one of their strengths. In their world there are …

Published: 18 Sep 2021. Updated: 39 days.

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Expect to wait a very long time for a record as deep and meaningful to come along. A very introspective record, and the Wasilewski trio can be very intense and private as a default setting, that is one of their strengths. In their world there are no easy solutions, no cop-outs. Deeply filmic in a painterly sense Wasileswki does what Krzysztof Kieślowski, let alone Komeda did, to saturate the senses. The trio provide a vision that transports the imagination elsewhere. On a par with their greatest album to date which is Spark of Life the only track that doesn't quite work is the extensively refurbished Doors song 'Riders on the Storm' which is a mere bagatelle compared to the deepness everywhere else. Turn to the moving 'In Motion' tracks and linger long there instead. Is Wasilewski Europe's greatest living jazz pianist? It seems common sense, to say, at last, quite simply at this moment, yes. Michał Miśkiewicz, above left, Marcin Wasilewski, Sławomir Kurkiewicz

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George Mraz has died aged 77

Czech media are reporting the death at 77 of the iconic former Oscar Peterson bassist George Mraz who had lived in the US since 1968. The Budejcka Drbna website reports that Camilla, Mraz's wife, confirmed the sad news on social media. Mraz, who …

Published: 17 Sep 2021. Updated: 40 days.

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Czech media are reporting the death at 77 of the iconic former Oscar Peterson bassist George Mraz who had lived in the US since 1968. The Budejcka Drbna website reports that Camilla, Mraz's wife, confirmed the sad news on social media. Mraz, who had suffered considerable health problems in recent years, had a stellar jazz career.

In addition to his own records he appeared on many acclaimed records with a range of leaders, including on Dee Dee Bridgewater 1970s classic Afro Blue, John Abercrombie's M, Toshiko Akiyoshi's Time Stream and Joe Lovano's I'm All For You. Born Jiří Mráz in what was then Czechoslovakia the bassist also worked with Pepper Adams, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner and many others at the very highest level.