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Some say they could be called the twisted kids of Kamasi Washington and Sigur Ros, but in fact, polish jazz outfit Niechęć manage to avoid being placed in a niche and offers a fresh and unique approach.

The band’s name translates to “dislike”, which is actually the opposite of how their music affects its listeners. Their hypnotic mixture of jazz, ambient, electronic music and alternative rock can be addictive, as well as the dark, mysterious and at moments hysteric atmosphere they create. What makes them really special is their attachment to Polish Jazz legends like Tomasz Stańko and Krzysztof Komeda, and ability to recontextualize this deeply emotional melodic legacy into suites that balance aggression with grace.

Niechęć emerged in 2011 from a lively free-improv scene that flourished in Warsaw at the time. The musicians have released three albums so far, “Śmierć w miękkim futerku” (“Death In A Soft Fur Coat”) (2012), “Niechęć”
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NIECHĘĆ Śmierć w miękkim futerku (Death In A Soft Fur Coat) album cover 4.62 | 4 ratings
Śmierć w miękkim futerku (Death In A Soft Fur Coat)
Nu Jazz 2012
NIECHĘĆ Niechęć album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Nu Jazz 2016

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NIECHĘĆ Niechęć album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nu Jazz 2010

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NIECHĘĆ Live at Jazz Club Hipnoza album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Jazz Club Hipnoza
Nu Jazz 2018

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Album · 2016 · Nu Jazz
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This young Polish band was a complete surprise for me!

On their second album, the selt titled Niechęć (pronounced Niehenti) managed to do the feat of mixing quite disparate things like Post Rock and Jazz Rock and making them work together!

At various times the Jazz Fusion school, which is so strong in Poland, takes us by storm and even I, who do not like Jazz Fusion, just gave up and enjoy their music.

44 minutes of quality music that is worth checking and, even though I didn't hear many new albums in these last two years, one of the best albums released in Poland in 2016!


Album · 2016 · Nu Jazz
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Sometimes you don’t know what might show up in your mailbox, for instance this odd looking CD that arrived from Polish group Niechec. The strange album cover doesn’t reveal much, but what a great surprise when you give it a spin and all of this exciting and passionate modern jazz-rock comes firing out of the speakers. Because of their frequent use of repeating minimalist type passages, you could put Niechec in the nu jazz genre, but unlike many other nu jazz groups, there is nothing lite and fluffy about these guys, instead, like a lot of music from Poland, this CD is raw and emotional, and the band doesn’t mind raising some fierce noise when it is called for.

The music on here is so eclectic that it is probably best to view the tracks individually to get an idea of what is going on. Album opener, “Koniec”, is a harsh noisy jazz rock number with plenty of rapid change-ups in that style first initiated by the Mr Bungle/John Zorn school of music. On this track Maciej Zwierzchowski reveals his huge baritone sax sound, often playing heavy noire riffs that recall Mel Collins’ work on early King Crimson albums. Tomasz Wielechowski also turns in a fierce atonal solo on the distorted electric piano. The next three cuts reveal Niechec’s interest in a more relaxed electronica flavored post rock groove that recalls Tortoise or Masfel. Track 5, “Krew”, opens with atonal saxophone squawking that alternates with quieter sections and strange demented circus like music.

“Widzenie” uses a repeating piano part that sounds like classic prog rock to which they add a driving drumnbass beat and another free form sax solo. On “Atak”, the band digs heavy into that same ‘crime jazz soundtrack’ sound that inspired much of early King Crimson. Album closer, “Trzeba to Zrobic”, continues with more heavy saxophone sounds, sometimes recalling Doldinger’s first “Passport” album. This number closes with lots of crazy mayhem as the whole band chimes in with collective spiraling chaos.

Niechec is a band that deserves much wider recognition. There are other bands using the same hip modern sounds that these guys use, but the difference is that Niechec knows how to put a complex composition together, as well as a lengthy arrangement that makes sense. There should be a wider market available for these guys, including fans of modern prog rock, the wilder side of today’s jazz rock scene and anyone looking for interesting, eclectic and unpredictable music.

NIECHĘĆ Śmierć w miękkim futerku (Death In A Soft Fur Coat)

Album · 2012 · Nu Jazz
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What a cool album cover!

Smierc w miekkim futerku is the debut album of a nu jazz band from Poland, and a good one at that. The approach that they give to the genre is diverse, interesting, and unlike anything I've heard before. Although I admit this is the first nu jazz album I've studied, I'm certainly impressed with the textures and sounds created with the electronics and distorted guitar used with the saxophone.

The feel of the album overall is dark, which can be assumed from a look at the album artwork. The feel ranges from dark, ambient soundscapes created with electronics to tight, rock grooves with a saxophone melody to every band member improvising over the top of each other in a sudden chaotic storm of improvisation. Unconventional time signatures show up occasionally. In retrospect, the amount of what many would consider "jazz" is actually a little sparse here.

Whether or not many would consider it jazz or not, I think it sounds great.

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