is becoming fast the nucleus of Europe's Smooth Jazz. The music of
artists like Piotr Bal, Marek Jelen, Paul Rozmus or Michael Urbaniak
already found its way to America. Another active musician is Marcin
Nowakowski, whose album
Shine was recently reviewed. But Poland has more to offer.
musicians Tomasz Kaczmarczyk (guitar) and Krzysztof Wermiński (piano)
founded in 2010 the band Slow. In earlier times Tomasz played bass in
the neo-progressive formation Albion in Krakau. Working on their first
recording they invited the jazz musicians Sławomir Berny (percussion),
Michał Dąbrówka (drums), Robert Kubiszyn (bass), Kenny Martin (
drums), Kasia Piasecka (vocals), Ania Szarmach (vocals) and Leszek
Szczerba (sax, flute).
Famous Polish executive producer Arek
Pruszczyński (Proa Records) secured high music quality.
Furthermore in the production team was Rafał Smoleń, an excellent
sound engineer. The debut album Art of Silence is already
available in all online stores.
The starting track of an album is always the most important, because
this is the First Impression. Gentle guitar chords meet jazzy
Krzysztof's piano magic. Do you like some Latin flavored lounge music?
Then listen to the elegant acoustic guitar on Wczesna Sjesta
Certainly you will remember the
avant-garde synth-pop group Art of Noise. Art Of Silence is the
Polish smooth jazz counterpart. While the mellow acoustic guitar is
often in the foreground, Slow consider themselves as community work.
Robert Kubiszyn shines with a wonderful solo on fretless bass.
Na Skraju Dróg (On the edge of
roads) features lovely singer
Ania Szarmach. The language barrier forces for sensitive
listening and the result is convincing.
Payola is the illegal practice of payment or other inducement
by record companies for the broadcast of recordings on music radio
stations. The title is somewhat burdened by the meaning of the word,
nevertheless Slow's music very comfortable.
Spokojnie (Quietly) is a
slow-tempo tune on the borderline between smooth jazz and new age. The
appealing melody gives time to dream. You can meet them in the ruins
in Mexico and in many other countries of Middle and South America. The
lizard, better known as Green Iguana. Iguana Party is Slow's
jam contributing to this peaceful animal.
On Ada the band intertwines
elements of techno and new age with smooth jazz to a dynamic
beat-driven sound trip. Gender Blender is for those, who loves
After Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller we should
notice Robert Kubiszyn. Way Out is like a fine wine, drinkable
taste and easy finish. Obviously all musicians share the music with
Slow's Art Of Silence is a
perfect deuce for these academic musicians. Attention for Polish
smooth jazz would support the world wide community. Doesn't need this
genre fresh input? More European influence is certainly an appropriate