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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Krzysztof Urbanski @ The Bridge

Krzysztof Urbanski (alt/pno); John Pope (bs); Dave McKeague (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Back in the 1960s a Polish modern jazz quartet led by Zbigniew Namyslowski played a memorable session at the old New Orleans Club on Forth Banks. That was a night that subsequently became legendary and the class of the Polish jazzmen can be heard on the very rare LP recorded around that time - Lola.
Despite this and since then, Polish jazz musicians haven't been at the top of my listening lists.
Tonight all that changed! Tonight may well also become the stuff of legend!
Krzysztof Urbanski, a Polish tenor/alto man, blew some wonderful music that thrilled the pathetically under-subscribed room. What's wrong with you guys/gals who call yourself fans? This was sax playing at its best and you missed it! 
Why weren't you all there?
However, 'Tis Autumn in Newcastle and I'm sure the excuses will be made...
So what you lot missed was the  big, pure sound and the awesome technique that led into On Green Dolphin St. The blues tribute to Billie Holiday that sounded a little like Goodbye. Tenor playing of the first order.
All The Things You Are and the most wonderful version of Sophisticated Lady this side of Ellington were just some of the numbers that helped to make this the night that it was. Urbanski also blew some sizzling alto that fanned the flames and kept the fire burning.
Behind him, John Pope was his usual tower of strength shouldering the burden of providing the harmonic foundation admirably and full marks to Splinter for providing him with the facility to host tonight's session. On drums, McKeague,  a little tentative at first, did what was necessary and the overall feel amongst the few listeners present was one of sheer enjoyment.
This young Polish saxman, who is currently based in Thirsk, is surely going places!
Tremendous !
Lance.

1 comment :

Lance said...

I left the Bridge on a high last night but was soon on a low when I tripped and fell over a raised paving stone! A visit to A and E this morning revealed nothing broken - still bloody painful though.

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