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Adam Baldych & Herman Duo Art – The New Tradition (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bałdych & Herman Duo Art – The New Tradition (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:57 minutes | 925 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital booklet | © ACT

After his acclaimed ACT debut, for which he was awarded as “best international instrumentalist” with the german Jazz Echo, Adam Baldych returns with Yaron Herman on the piano as a duo. Together they lose themselves in melodious virtuosity, which always explodes in pure freedom in the end. An unbelievable energy will directly run through your body.

The latest in ACT’s excellent duo art series Adam Bałdych sits in the tradition of Polish violin identified a little with Michał Urbaniak and Krzesimir Dębski, but above all Zbigniew Seifert (1946-79), the violin player who brought the message and mystique of the music of John Coltrane into jazz violin and whose work 35 years after his early death nonetheless still sits within the pantheon of the greatest examples of Polish jazz. Bałdych feels like an old soul here immersed in the folkloric side of spiritual jazz reached via the accessibility of naturalistic melody, the spirit of Seifert, as much as that is possible, reborn (Seifert’s composition ‘Quo Vadis’ from the late-1970s Capitol album Passion is incidentally included on The New Tradition).

‘Riverendings’, the first tune, reaches beyond into a folk space and has a certain Celtic lilt to it, yet it’s impossible to place the music geographically on this record: traditions speed like streams flowing into a river, melodies from disparate sources sculpted obliquely and interpreted harmonically within a modal framework by the Paris-based Israeli pianist Yaron Herman. The pair also interpret settings of biblical texts via Thomas Tallis and early music that proves compatible within the overall mood. There’s also a very well judged version of Komeda’s ‘Sleep Safe and Warm’, this strand to the album tapping once again into deep Polish jazz traditions via the violinist’s initiative and arrangements.

01 – Riverendings
02 – Legenda
03 – Sleep Safe and Warm
04 – Letter for E.
05 – June
06 – Quo Vadis
07 – Lamentation of Jeremiah
08 – Relativities
09 – Canticles of Ecstasy
10 – Preludium E minor

Produced by Siggi Loch with the Artists.
Recorded at RecPublica Studios, Lubrza (Poland) by Łukasz Olejarczyk, September 9 – 11, 2013
and Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (Germany) by Klaus Scheuermann, November 26, 2013.
Mixed and mastered by Klaus Scheuermann.

Adam Bałdych – violin
Yaron Herman – piano


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