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Marcin Wasilewski Trio: January

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Marcin Wasilewski does not think like other jazz pianists. His improvisational underpinnings, his sense of musical space and his aural imagery are so fresh they are initially mysterious, then get more so. The same can be said of his trio as a whole, with bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz.

The group first popped up on jazz radar screens in 2002, as the rhythm section on Soul of Things, a highly regarded ECM album by Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko. They were in their mid-20s then, and sounded cautious to be playing with their country’s greatest jazz musician.

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