Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet will play tomorrow in London’s Jazz Cafe as a part of EFG London Jazz Festival. The band will present material from the previous critically acclaimed record ‘Polka’ and from the upcoming album ‘Komeda’. WMQ is the most influential jazz group to come out of Poland in decades. Vigorously combining tradition and modernity the analog, and also one of the most exciting crossover acts right now.
Mazolewski took inspiration from famous polish directors Roman Polanski (‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘Knife in the Water’) and Jerzy Skolimowski (‘Barrier’), for whose movies Komeda wrote music. Songs from those recordings are represented on WMQ new album.
“The combination of their talent and their tenderness with Komeda’s music still makes a big impression today,” asserts Mazolewski, “and also forces one to think more deeply. This is an album about life and its greatest gifts… about impermanence… about death and its mystery.”
The album cover was designed by Rosław Szaybo – a long-time friend of Krzysztof Komeda who also designed the cover of the legendary album Astigmatic.
Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet features the bandleader on double bass, Oskar Török on trumpet, Marek Pospieszalski on tenor saxophone, Joanna Duda on piano and Qba Janicki on drums. Their music has been featured on mainstream Polish TV and climbed the Polish Radio charts while being featured by BBC Radio DJ Gilles Peterson (‘Theme de Yoyo’ appeared on Mazolewski’s album of the same name and was one of Peterson’s 50 best records of 2017). Polka went gold in six months and platinum in three years in Poland alone, and the follow-up single ‘London’ was released in the UK in 2017.
Percussionist Chiminyo jumps on support.
You can buy album here
and preorder new one here