26/08/2007

Leszek Możdżer - Solo in Ukraine (2003)

After Stefano Bollani, another piano genius who deserves all your attention: Leszek Możdżer. Thanx to an anonymous reader, I can offer you this amazing Solo in Ukraine (recorded between 2000 and 2001, published in 2003), where Możdżer displays all his talents as a composer, player, arranger and improviser (fully at ease both with Chopin and Hancock). A true discovery!

«Polish pianist playing the style combining the elements of ancient, classical and contemporary music, although classified by the critics as a jazzman. A thoroughly educated musician. Born on 23rd March 1971 in Gdansk. He started playing the piano at the age of five. In 1996 he graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdansk. The winner of many prestigious awards, such as Grand Prix on the International Competition of Jazz Improvisation in Katowice, he won ten times in a questionnaire among the readers of "Jazz Forum" in the category "piano", two times Musician of the Year, the prize winner of the award Fryderyk '98. He played and recorded with Tomasz Stanko, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Dave Liebman, Lester Bowie, Archie Shepp, Joe Lovano, David Gilmour and Pat Metheny. He wrote music for plays and films. He gives concerts all over the world. Recorded 90 CDs as a sideman or soloist. Pianist with classical technique, operating with his own the timbre, articulation, his own harmony. He creates a unique, at times not to say a mystic atmosphere. By definition not commercial, still he attracts crowds of listeners to his concerts. For some fashionable, for others legendary. Definitely a part of the history of Polish music culture.» (MySpace)

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jlb418 said...

thanks for sharing this I have never heard of him before so I am looking forward to hearing this