WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI

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Wojtek Mazolewski - bassist and composer, born in 1976 in Gdańsk. He is the founder and leader of Pink Freud and Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet. According to many critics, his musical activity brought the commercial boom of Polish jazz at the beginning of 21st century, and his unconventional manner influenced the new localization of the genre in the consciousness of the young listener. Others claim that Mazolewski has “tamed” jazz and introduced it to top lists, the TV and the popular media.

Mazolewski has acted as a musical partner to Pete Wareham, Dennis Gonzales, Tim Berne, Tomasz Stańko, John Zorn, Pete Kowald, Tymon Tymański, Jerzy Mazzoll, Olo Walicki, Andrzej Smolik, Mikołaj Trzaska, Marcin Masecki, Wojtek Waglewski, Lech Janerka, Fisz, Emade and many others. He writes music for the film and theatre as well as a series of audio books released by Audioteka. He runs his own broadcasts in Polish Radio
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WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Grzybobranie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grzybobranie
Nu Jazz 2008
WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Free Yo! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free Yo!
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Smells Like Tape Spirit album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Smells Like Tape Spirit
Nu Jazz 2011
WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Wojtek w Czechoslowacji album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wojtek w Czechoslowacji
Nu Jazz 2011
WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Mazolewski/Gonzalez Quintet : Shaman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mazolewski/Gonzalez Quintet : Shaman
Nu Jazz 2013
WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Polka album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Polka
Nu Jazz 2014
WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Chaos pełen idei album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chaos pełen idei
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2016

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WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Nionio rmx album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nionio rmx
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2012
WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Polka Remixed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Polka Remixed
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2016

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Polka Live
Nu Jazz 2016

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WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Polka : Worldwide Deluxe Edition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Polka : Worldwide Deluxe Edition
Nu Jazz 2018

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WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI Smells Like Tape Spirit

Album · 2011 · Nu Jazz
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Wojtek Mazolewski is the bass player for popular nu jazz pranksters Pink Frued, who combine a sort of Devoesque deconstructionist humor with very catchy pop jazz tunes to make some very successful modern groove jazz CDs. This new group, which carries his name as the group name, seems to be his attempt at something a little more serious, but I’m not sure if they are entirely successful here. On ‘Smells like Tape Spirit’, Wojtek combines acoustic nu jazz ambience with post bop melodies and avant-garde excursions that could be a recipe for some great music, but the whole project suffers from lack of focus and incoherent structures. There is a sort of attention deficit disorder to the arrangements here as the band seems to wander from section to section without any organic coherence which reveals a possible lack of experience in the fundamentals of the more demanding genres of jazz outside of the ‘groove and play’ world of modern jazz.

The tune ‘Kaczence’ best exemplifies some of the frustrations to be found here. The tune opens with a great post bop melody reminiscent of McCoy Tyner in the 60s and you are ready for the jam to kick in when the band stumbles immediately into an avant-garde section which wouldn’t be so bad but then they cast that aside for some silly polka deconstructions and then wander here and there and everywhere else and after a while my interest starts wandering as much as their wobbly arrangements.

There is an assumption sometimes amongst younger musicians that you can somehow by pass the necessary steps and just jump right into avant-garde jazz like a pro, but to the veteran discerning listener, these artists will always be obvious. The best avant-garde jazz is always played by those musicians who learned their craft well before they started to take it apart. Take the great Sun Ra for example, who earned his stripes under the seminal band leader Fletcher Henderson. What Ra learned from this great arranger was always there to be called on when needed. Before you can take something apart, you need to know how to put it back together.

For the casual listener this CD might provide some nice modern jazz ambience. There could be a bright future for this group, the players are talented and have a lot of potential. I think they just dove into the deep end a little too soon and need more time perfecting their craft before they wander too far again.

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