Maciej Obara Quartet
Polish saxophonist Maciej Obara was able to set valuable accents in the band of the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko a few years ago and also caused a sensation in his home country with his band Obara International. His most recent album with the Maciej Obara Quartet, “Three Crowns,” was named after the Trzy Korony Mountain (Three Crowns Mountain) in the southern Polish Pieniny mountain range. Correspondingly, the performance of the quartet climbs to new musical heights. The album features six fresh tracks by the bandleader as well intriguing renditions of two works by Polish composer Henryk Gorecki (1933-2010). It is remarkable that the Gorecki family gave their blessing to improvising musicians for the recording of his works for the first time. Obara and his three fellow musicians approach the compositions with the intensity and focus that characterize them at the pinnacle of contemporary jazz. It is a truly special quartet with a complex and detailed sound, an alliance of highly individual instrumentalists who are dedicated to group work while still managing to find space for self-expression.
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