Cezariusz Gadzina – alto sax, soprano sax | Piet Verbist – bass | Marek Partman – drums
Recorded April 14 & 21, 2002 at Undiscokid Studio, Geel, Belgium. Recording engineer: Jef Neve. Producer: Cezariusz Gadzina. Executive Producer: Marek Winiarski. Photos: AC
Tracklist: 1. Attention Please [05:32] 2. Obertask [07:31] 3. For Alexandra [07:51] 4. Blues No Escuse [05:51] 5. Mr FL [04:23] 6. My One And Only Love [06:16] 7. Mexican Eyes [11:59] 8. Upgrade Yourself [10:06] 9. Double Heart [07:39]
is one of the most interesting and creative Polish musicians of his generation. He has been living in Belgium for some years now, where he is a highly esteemed musician, not only on the jazz scene but also in the world of contemporary music. He belongs to an exclusive group of alto saxophone virtuosos who can be traced directly back to the phenomenal Ornette Coleman. He has a distinctive, expressive and refined sound which, together with his original conception of playing, makes his saxophone sing with a lyrical bluesy feel. He uses his brilliant technical capabilities with restraint, and only when the music requires it, which is a feature of the greatest giants of improvisation. “Double Heart” is a generous portion of wonderful jazz in its purest form: beautiful varied compositions, charming in their clarity and melodic content, and a clear acoustic sound, combined with an outstanding – but not overstated – rhythm section. The logic and compact styles of the pieces, the clear expression and the positive vibrations make “Double Heart” one of the best jazz CDs I have heard lately. This music shatters any doubts about the future and evolution of jazz. — Jarek Smietana transl.: David Skinner
studied the saxophone at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven and the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. He has won many prizes and distinctions; the most important of which are: the 1st prize in the European Jazz Competition at Sorgues (France) as a member of the Simple Acoustic Quartet; twice finalist in the International Jazz Competition at Hoeilaart, Belgium; the Gold Key to Career at the Pomeranian Jazz Autumn. Apart from jazz he also plays classical and contemporary music. He has performed in most European countries and all over the world: New York (Lincoln Center), Singapore, etc. He has a/so had the honor of playing for the Belgian King Albert II. He has worked with many composers of contemporary music many of whom have written pieces especially for him. He played soprano saxophone in the famous Blindman saxophone quartet, with the honorary title Cultural Ambassador of Flanders.
drummer and painter. Former teacher at Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava and a member of Czech National Jazz Radio Orchestra and Robert Balzar Trio. Presently busy in Belgium with his own projects and Erik Vermuelen Trio. Also played with Ben Sluijs, Mark Murphy, Phillip Catherine and many others.
worked with almost all jazz players on the Belgian scene. He recorded several discs with, among others: Pirly Zurstrassen, Octurn, Ben Sluijs Quartet, Jan de Haas band with Nathalie Loners etc. For the moment he is also teaching at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp.
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