Jacek Kochan | Monorain | Not Two Records

Jacek Kochan – drums | Andre Leroux – tenor sax, soprano sax (1, 3, 5, 7) | Adam Pierończyk – tenor, soprano sax (2, 4, 6) | Michel Donato – bass (1, 3, 5, 7) | Sławomir Kurkiewicz – bass (2, 4, 6) | Grzegorz Nagórski – trombone (2, 6) | Piotr Wojtasik – trumpet (2, 4, 6) | Jean Pierre Zanella – alto, soprano sax (1, 3, 5, 7) Continue reading

Jacek Kochan | Another Blowfish | Not Two Records

The dexterous Wojtasik is a relaxed and thoughtful improviser who seems more comfortable in the midrange of his horn. The equally articulate Vloeimans has a more piercing sound, and he’s more into using mutes as part of his bag of tricks. By mixing tempos and rhythmic feels while exploiting the contrasting sounds of Vloeimans and Wojtasik, the set maintains interst throughout. Donato, with a huge and round sound, is like a rock, the solid core of the performances. Kochan is more laid-back then usual, urgent as ever but leaving most of the solo space to the horns. The yaunty “Do You Really Need All This Money” is one of the highlights, as Vloeimans and Wojtasik go at it head to head. Truth is that there’s barely a dull moment on this disc. Come for the novelty of the lineup, but stay for the fine music. — Stuart Kremsky (Cadence) Continue reading