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JANUSZ ZDUNEK ~ NUMERY
SP 02/17 (Barcode: 5909876540045) ~ POLAND ~ Jazz-Funk Fusion

Recorded: 2015 Released: 2017

This is an album by Polish trumpeter / composer Janusz ZdunekFind albums by this artist, recorded in an octet setting with six brass players (Zdunek on trumpet, trombonist Jaroslaw WaznyFind albums by this artist, saxophonists Bogumila LudwinskaFind albums by this artist, Mariusz GodzinaFind albums by this artist and Tomasz GlazikFind albums by this artist and tuba player Piotr WrobelFind albums by this artist) and rhythm section: bassist Ireneusz KaczmarFind albums by this artist and drummer Rafal BacaFind albums by this artist. The album presents eleven original compositions, all by Zdunek. One of the tracks features Rap style lyrics. The musicians on the album are old Zdunek´s cohorts from his Yass ensembles 4 SyfonFind albums by this artist and MarienburgFind albums by this artist and Rock group KultFind albums by this artist.

The music is consistent with earlier albums by Zdunek, presenting more or less the same mixture of Jazz, Rock, Yass and Funk influences, which are almost danceable, played with great feeling of Groove and a Funky approach, but basically adding very little to the musical arsenal, which Zdunek presented already in the past, except perhaps for a few Klezmer influenced pieces.

The large brass section could have been used to create a much richer and multilayered environment, but sadly it is mostly limited to playing long unisono lines behind Zdunek´s trumpet solos, which are not interesting enough to keep the listener on his toes. The rhythm section keeps the music moving forward in a hypnotic Funky Groove, which is really excellent, but after a while becomes somewhat repetitious.

Overall this is a nice, listenable album with a lot of brass sounds and Groovy / Funky rhythms, which many listeners should be able to enjoy and perhaps even dance to. More entertainment that Art, but nevertheless definitely worth investigation!
Updated: 28/04/2017Posted: 28/04/2017CD 1 Digipak Recommend To A Friend

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