Skalpel simmer into play

Skalpel, aka Wrocław DJ-producers Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudlo, have done great things in resurrecting old Polish jazz and putting dance beats around it. Their latest, 'Quicksilver', has just been released by No Paper drawn from their upcoming LP …

Published: 24 Jan 2020. Updated: 9 months.

Skalpel, aka Wrocław DJ-producers Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudlo, have done great things in resurrecting old Polish jazz and putting dance beats around it.

Their latest, 'Quicksilver', has just been released by No Paper drawn from their upcoming LP Highlight and is already topping the Spotify State of Jazz playlist.

Steve Reich meets 4Hero? Perhaps. There's a piano loop, breaks, ethereal vocals wafting in and out of the syncopated beat and a drum 'n' bass groove that has a certain head bobbing compulsion to it.

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Snekkestad/Guy/FernÁndez, The Swiftest Traveler, Trost

FREE IMPROV CHOICE A cascade from piano tips out into a buzzy circling tetchy mood to this seething wave of wail and ache as reedist Torben Snekkestad follows an Evan Parker method in this slice of free improv trioplay while pianist Agusti Fernández

Published: 23 Jan 2020. Updated: 9 months.

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FREE IMPROV CHOICE A cascade from piano tips out into a buzzy circling tetchy mood to this seething wave of wail and ache as reedist Torben Snekkestad follows an Evan Parker method in this slice of free improv trioplay while pianist Agusti Fernández is more a listening presence and resembles the Aki Takase approach a little here, their styles not dissimilar. Barry Guy on bass completes the trio and more than once shapes the crucial moments of revelation.

Released on 24 January.