ARTIST: WOJTEK MAZOLEWSKI QUINTET
LABEL (YEAR): AGORA SA (2014)
FOR FANS OF: UNITED VIBRATIONS, BILL EVANS, MAMMAL HANDS, GOGO PENGUIN
Words by Lexy Morvaridi
What makes an album great is the narrative that’s constructed as you listen to it – the ups, the downs and the in-betweens that create the overall flow. What makes an album even greater is the way in which the narrative nurtures diversity yet fits together as a whole. Polka is one of these greater albums.
Throughout this tapestry of jazz numbers the varied range of influences behind Wojtek Mazolewski is clear, from opening ambient piano-led ‘Roma I’ to the afro-tinged swing of ‘Punk-T Gdansk’; the reggae backbeat of ‘Get Free’ to the house driven bounce of ‘Sunday’.
Several tracks are named after cities across the world and the chief concept behind the record is to recreate the sounds of each city through Wojtek’s sentimental lens and he most definitely has his finger on the money with each composition.
‘Berlin’ is a carefully constructed electronic influenced minimalist track that has an equally dark music video to accompany it - conceptualised and directed by Jessica Comis, Michal Andrysiak and Shira Kela.
‘Paris’, meanwhile, sees a delicate floating melody throughout, which conjures images of walking the winding streets of the French capital as the sun sets on a summer’s evening.
To top it all off, the album squeezes in jazz covers of Rage Against the Machine and Nirvana (who’d have thought they would lend themselves so nicely to jazz?) Wojtek thought and delivered.
"A journey of self-discovery, transformation and liberation. Berlin is a city that allows people to explore hidden layers of their existence. In a city where desire manifests itself in myriad ways, we are confronted with an array of possibilities as to how we choose to lead our lives."