In Memoriam. RIP Mr Duval. New Yorker Dominic Duval is one of the finest and most prolific bassists on the contemporary scene, having played and recorded with some of the greatest names in jazz and new music. Duval's continuing tenure with pianist Cecil Taylor's trio has cemented his reputation as one of contemporary music's more important figures. Duval is comfortable and can be seen performing in any number of genres, including modern classical, jazz or music which defies classification.
The story of Simple Acoustic Trio goes back to the beginning of ‘90s. Still being students of the Music High School S.A.Trio. made their debut in 1991. They won the third prize at the Polish jazz contest-Jazz Juniors ’91. In the same year, a sixteen-year old band leader - Marcin Wasilewski won the fourth prize at the International Jazz Pianist festival in Kalisz, Poland. Two years later the band won the first prize at the 7th International Festival of Jazz Bands “Chorus ‘93” during Jazzin’ Sorgues Festival in France. In 1996 the band participated in two jazz competitions. In Getxo, Spain, the band won the first prize and Marcin Wasilewski was chosen the best soloist of the festival. In the same year the band became a prizewinner of the Leverkusen Jazz Festival, and again Marcin Wasilewski was considered the best soloist.
After a long career with much hard work and much beautiful music, Marcus seems to have reached another level. With the help of the clarinet, he is coming into his mature voice, full of confidence and ease. And at the risk of making any kind of statement about the "current state of jazz," it seems that Marcus is part of the happy marriage emerging between the traditionalists and the avant-garde. There are two magnificent streams within this music, and the combination of their strengths is an exciting prospect. For Yes! is a step forward that leaves no one behind, and it's also one of the most thoroughly enjoyable albums in recent memory.
This duo recording with fellow-countryman and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, was recorded a year ago at Klub Gromka in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Both musicians had already toured before this performance and that can be heard. the interaction is quite fun to listen to, rapid, telepathic even at moments, which is even clearer in an environment where everything is left to in-the-moment decisions.
Road Salt One (2010). There is no doubt that Pain of Salvation is one of the most unique and controversial bands in the progressive music genre. They have changed their sound with nearly every album they've released and have drawn both praise and anger for their ambitious lyrics and songwriting. Despite having gotten a preview of Road Salt One's sound with the release of the Linoleum EP in 2009, this effort still manages to be one of the biggest stylistic jumps in the band's twenty year career. As many listeners have pointed out, this release makes use of a more basic band approach and shows a lot of influence from 1970s rock music…