MIKROKOLEKTYW

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Forward-thinking American jazz musicians have made a ton of important and influential recordings for European labels, but seeing an exploratory European outfit on an American label is more of a rarity. So it was a noteworthy event when the Polish duo Mikrokolektyw – drummer Kuba Suchar and trumpeter Artur Majewski – released their debut disc "Revisit" and the live DVD "Dew Point" on Chicago-based indie Delmark back in 2010.

In operation for over half a century, Delmark’s revered in jazz circles for releasing some of the earliest waxings of Sun Ra and the first recordings by the musicians who would become the Art Ensemble of Chicago, as well as a stack of seminal urban blues discs by Junior Wells, Magic Sam, and J.B. Hutto, among others. Producer Raymond Salvador Harmon heard them in 2007 and brought them to the label.

Suchar and Majewski, refugees from imploded Polish jazz supergroup Robotobibok, deftly combine
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MIKROKOLEKTYW Revisit album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Revisit
Nu Jazz 2010
MIKROKOLEKTYW Absent Minded album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Absent Minded
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
MIKROKOLEKTYW Noël Akchoté & Mikrokolektyw album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Noël Akchoté & Mikrokolektyw
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2015

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MIKROKOLEKTYW Live at Stanica album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Stanica
Nu Jazz 2010

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MIKROKOLEKTYW Revisit

Album · 2010 · Nu Jazz
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Mikrokolektyw is, as their name suggests, a small musical collective consisting of just drummer Kuba Suchar and trumpet player Artur Majewski. Both musicians also contribute very tasteful electronics that fill in the gaps but are never overbearing. This is a very nice take on the nu jazz genre with a sort of miniature chamber approach to modern jazz with vague world music influences and not a trace of maudlin ambient sentimentality that makes a lot of nu jazz sound very non-jazzy.

Its hard to find a comparison for this album, but a more electronic flavored version of some of Don Cherry’s small ensemble world music might be close. A lot of this album sounds like an ambient techno re-mix of an ECM world jazz album, only way less pretty and cute. Overall I found this album to be very interesting and enjoyable. Its modern without being trendy and the small size of their group gives their music a very appealing minimalism, they are like a lean tekka sashimi compared to the other’s big greasy steak. There is an avoidance of overstated melody on this album that gives it an appealing vagueness which helps it hold up to repeated listenings. I like an album that keeps its freshness, this one is recommended for folks seeking out quality nu jazz.

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