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JOZEF SKRZEK / TOMASZ SZUKALSKI ~ AMBITUS EXTENDED
METAL MIND 0540 (Barcode: 5907785030459) ~ POLAND ~ Jazz-Rock Fusion

Recorded: 1981 Released: 2008

This is a reissue of the album recorded by the duo that brought together two legendary musicians: founder and leader of SBBFind albums by this artist, bassist / keyboardist Jozef SkrzekFind albums by this artist and one of the Giants of Polish Jazz, saxophonist Tomasz SzukalskiFind albums by this artist, who came to fame as member of ensembles led by Tomasz StankoFind albums by this artist and Zbigniew NamyslowskiFind albums by this artist. Skrzek and Szukalski played together on and off since the mid 1970s but in the tense pre-Martial Law period (1980-1981) the duo recorded this album and several other projects together and performed live quite often. This remastered edition of the album was expanded by six previously unreleased live tracks, recorded shortly before the recording of the original album material.

The music was co-composed by Skrzek and Szukalski and mostly improvised on pre-conceived melodic motifs, and features extensive soloing by Szukalski and wonderful keyboards work by Skrzek. Stylistically it moves between Blues, Fusion, Progressive Rock and Jazz, always beautifully harmonic and deeply moving. Szukalski was the absolute Master of melodic improvisation, like his idol Ben WebsterFind albums by this artist, and had no equals on the Polish scene at that time (or even to this very day). His untimely death was a great loss for Polish / European Jazz.

In spite of its minimalistic scope and approach, the album is full of absolutely thrilling musical ideas and virtuosic performances, and remains to this very day a milestone achievement of Polish Jazz / Fusion / Blues-Rock history. This reissue brings back to life a piece of Polish music history and is of course a must have for Polish music fans / collectors.
Updated: 07/05/2018Posted: 07/05/2018CD 1 Remastered Bonus Tracks Recommend To A Friend

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