Jerzy Małek – trumpet (1,2,5,7,8), flugelhorn (3,4,6) | Radek Nowicki – tenor sax | Jan Smoczyński – piano | Maciej Adamczak – bass | Sebastian Frankiewicz – drums | Marcin Ślusarczyk – alto sax (1,3,5)
Tracklist: 1. Gift [06:25] 2. Enough [08:34] 3. Waltz For M. [05:56] 4. Out Of The Window [09:08] 5. As Good As It Gets [07:24] 6. Peace From The Lonely Soul [07:36] 7. Get Up [06:42] 8. Many Miles Away [08:20]
….the leaders writing and arranging work is a whole different story. His compositions have both style and the force of a standard. Heads are catchy and they don`t let go, continuing to sound in the listeners head long after the end of the record. Up tempo tunes blend in well with moody ballads, the program is all but monotonous. Moreover, Malek`s composing talent matches his arranging skills. The band sounds strong and rich throughout all of the record, and the ingenious combination of tenor and alto, makes the group sound like a mini big band… — Robert Buczek Review of Jerzego Malek`s second album, „Gift” (Not Two rec.) JAZZ FORUM
Trumpeter, composer, producer and university academic teacher on Music Academy of Gdansk, born in Elblag in 1978. Jerzy Malek started learning the trumpet at the age of 13, after joining a local brass band. He started thorough musical education at the Music school in Elblag and continued as a student the Faculty of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the Academy of Music in Katowice.
He won many prices as a soloist, bandleader and composer including: Jazz and Blues Musical Contest in Gdynia 1998, International contest Katowice 2000, “Key to the Cariere” on Pomoriam Jazz Autumn, Grand Prix on Jazz Juniors Grand Prix on 2000 Krakow, 2nd Runner up on International Jazz Strugle Szczecin 2004 including musicians from USA and other coutries. Nominated in two categories: Best Composer/Arranger of 2012 and Best Jazz Musician of 2012 to Fryderyk award – Polish Phonographic Academy Awards. Jerzy is considered as one of the best Polish jazz trumpeters during last years and compared to such big names like Tomasz Stanko and Piotr Wojtasik.
Jerzy Malek has made a name for himself as a trumpeter playing with Polish and International icons like Michal Urbaniak, Wojciech Karolak, Tomasz Szukalski, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Leszek Mozdzer, Zbigniew Wegehaupt, Maria Schneider, Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Steve Logan, Dan Tepfer, Eric Allen, Arild Andersen, Ziw Rawitz, Hans van Oosterhout, Lucas Pino, Troy Miller and many others.
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