Challenging adventurous original jazz Rafal Sarnecki – CLIMBING TREES: Jazz guitarist Rafal is originally from Poland, but lives & plays in NYC these days… his July, 2018 release ranks right up there at the top of albums I’ve reviewed this year… in order to get to know him (and his players) a bit better, I (most strongly) recommend that you watch & listen to the “teaser” they put together for the album…
…be sure you SUBSCRIBE to his channel, as well, so you can witness several other exciting performances… I did!
If your “criteria” for jazz listening is based on performance that has every note “right where it’s supposed to be“, and the full force of life throughout the tune, you’re going to fall in love immediately with the 6:05 “Zhongguo“… pure precision from the opening note to the closing bar.
Rafal has some stellar musicians supporting his work – saxophonist Lucas Pino, vocalist Bogna Kicinska, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Rick Rosato, and drummer Colin Stranhan… what’s most exciting about the group’s playing is how natural they make pieces like “Hydrodynamics” sound for the listener… they make you feel as though their swirling, whirling communication with the universal forces are just an “everyday” thing… this is one of the most intricate and engaging jazz tunes I’ve listened to (yet) in 2018!
It was easy to pick my personal favorite of the ten tunes offered up… Rafal’s guitar work on the three-part “Little Dolphin” (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) will hold your ears totally spellbound, and leave you feeling fully satisfied and jubilant.
I give Rafal and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this excellent and adventuresome release. Get more information on Rafal’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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