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MACIEJ FORTUNA ~ ILLA
FM 024 ~ POLAND ~ Jazz & Poetry

Recorded: 2017 Released: 2018

This is an album by Polish Jazz trumpeter / composer Maciej FortunaFind albums by this artist recorded in a quintet setting with vocalist Kamila SalachFind albums by this artist, pianist Dominik MakosaFind albums by this artist, bassist Roman ChraniukFind albums by this artist and drummer Jakub MiarczynskiFind albums by this artist. It is a Jazz & Poetry project presenting eleven songs, all composed by Fortuna, based on poems by the Polish poetess Kazimiera IllakowiczownaFind albums by this artist (Illa in short), one of the most celebrated literary figures in Poland´s interwar period, associated with the city of Poznan.

Fortuna managed to create very unique musical attire to these expressive and often almost psychedelic poems, which are full of powerful metaphors, daunting imagery and macabre atmosphere. His piercing trumpet solos lead the way for the instrumental soundtrack, while Salach delivers the lyrics in a highly theatric, rather than typical vocal expressionism.

Although clearly kept in a Jazz framework, these songs are first and foremost conceptually designed to emphasize the storyline of the poems. As a result, the music is somewhat detached from the Jazz idiom, but remains ideally suited for the Jazz & Poetry setting.

All four instrumentalists perform the music with dedication and flair, exactly as the composer intended. The rhythm section delivers a strong, almost Rocky pulse, the piano represents the lyrical elements and the superb trumpet parts are a component of the actual storytelling, wordless but no less expressive.

Overall this is another excellent example of Polish Jazz & Poetry project, which is full of great music embracing poetry. Polish Jazz seems to be enamored in this specific genre, and consistently produces superb examples of cross-Art-form marriages. Fortuna consistently continues to build up his position as one of the leading figures on the Polish Jazz scene, constantly surprising Jazz connoisseurs with his new creations.

Highly recommended!
Updated: 15/09/2018Posted: 15/09/2018CD 1 Mini-Sleeve Recommend To A Friend

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