I enjoyed Insight, Maciek Pysz’s 2013 record, and there are echoes of that winning formula here with bassist Yuri Goloubev and drummer Asaf Sirkis joining the guitarist once again, the playing addition this time the warm presence of bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura.
With a pastoral sound Pysz plays mainly his own gently persuasive compositions plus a version of Ralph Towner song ‘Innocente’, and there’s a delicate humanity to the atmosphere throughout, sometimes touching on Pat Metheny territory by cleverly harnessing complex acoustic melodic lines underpinned by a very emotion-laden but uncloying sense of harmony.
Di Bonaventura adds plenty of interest as a foil to the guitarist, for instance on the atmospheric ‘Paris’, and Goloubev’s deft bass accompaniment contributes a great deal to the sheer tonal warmth of the band sound. There is some beautiful stuff here – a must for jazz guitar fans.
Released on 16 October