Recommendation: New York City Jazz Records
recommends TRANSGRESSION by Oles Brothers & Theo Jörgensmann in the June edition.
Antoni Gralak - trumpet Marcin Oles - double bass Bartlomiej Oles - drums
Oleś Brothers & Antoni Gralak it’s an ansamble of the three outstanding personalities of Polish jazz. All of them are well known for their unconventional approach to “jazz making”. They constantly create music full of orginality, novelty and noteworthy.
In the joint project called PRIMITIVO they looking for an answer to the question: how the music would sound at its beginnings. The conception of the project is an endeavor to decode the genesis of music.
Simplicity, austerity with no false gestures and without cliches. Anyhow, territory of the primitive sounds and melodies it was only the pretext for these musicians to explore the lost nexus of the canon of improvisation and music making.
Polish trio comprising of Oles Brothers (most revered Jazz rhythm section: bassist Marcin Oles and drummer Bartlomiej Oles) with vocalist Jorgos Skolias (of Greek origin), pays homage to the Sephardic Culture, based on traditional Ladino, Greek, Balkan and other Mediterranean sources, adopted and re- invented by the trio. All the songs are translated and transformed into the Greek language. The trio is also referred to as SEFARDIX, a name they adopted from the title of their debut album together, recorded four years earlier (Folk Phonogram of the year 2013 by Polish Radio Program 2).
Together with the vocals the full sound of the trio is incredibly expressive and lacks absolutely nothing.
Marcin Oles - double bass Bartlomiej Oles - drums
Oles Duo’s music is concentrated on improvisation, but it bases on several compositions with clear structure and form. Duo’s music is hard to classificate because it is something in-between. You can hear here jazz influations, a new music conceptions, or even ethno reminiscences. All these elements sound very homegenic and coherent and absolutely non-eclectic. You can find in this music a whole spectrum of sound - from playing arco shy and unusual voices to highly energetic runnig solos.
OLES DUO is a natural development of virtuoso improvised music. Not only this project is unique, but it also very well composed and carefully prepared. Even if the group is small, the music is full, rich and original.
Christopher Dell - vibraphone Marcin Oles - double bass Bartlomiej Oles - drums
AHEAD Trio is an international group of OLES BROTHERS. Together with German vibraphonist and composer Christopher Dell they create music which is on the border of the music styles - based alike on the jazz tradition and the achievements of contemporary music, treating both of these forms as a starting point for creating original and individual music. Emotionality, spontaneity, virtuosity and finesse are the main determinants of music AHEAD Trio. The debut album of the trio KOMEDA AHEAD was a monographic project dedicated to pioneer of modern Polish jazz - Krzysztof Komeda. Trio showing his works as a full palette of sounds and structures, trying to put the same accent on his jazz compositions as on his movie soundtracks.