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The members of this young Polish trio — pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz, and drummer Michal Miskiewicz — have been working together since they were teenagers, and listening to January makes it clear that the band members know each other inside out. (The group also serves as a backup band for one of Poland’s most well known jazz artists, the trumpeter Tomasz Stanko.) The choice of material is intriguing: how many albums include pieces by Gary Peacock (“Vignette”) and Prince (”Diamonds and Pearls.”)? Overall, January has the reflective mood and strikingly clear sound that is emblematic of the German-based ECM label. On the title track, Wasilewski’s dreamy playing is sensitively accompanied by just-so drums and bass. But other cuts find the band in a different mode. The Stanko-penned “Balladyna” starts off quietly enough, but the band eventually brings an edgy, dramatic intensity to the music, and on the next track, Carla Bley’s “King Korn,” the threesome take off. January closes as quietly as it opens: “New York 2007” evokes a low-key sense of wonder right up to its last brushed drum sound.

Customer Reviews

Masterful Trio Album

Anybody familiar with Tomasz Stanko's work over the last 7 years has heard all 3 of these musicians - Marcin Wasliewski vaulted to prominence for his intricate piano on "Soul of Things" and frankly he just keeps getting better and deeper into the tonal, mimimal-esque vibe he started with Stanko. This album has everything you'd want from an ECM trio release - crystalline recording, wonderfully tonal and melodic ballads, a cover or two done very tastefully, a set of freer, improvisational heavy tunes to show the artists' range and creative capability, etc. The whole combination makes for the highest clarity (both in terms of sound and more importantly in terms of composition, melody, and tone), deepest release of the year thusfar. Highly recommended for any fan of Stanko, of Bobo Stenson (or his time with Charles Lloyd), or of Tord Gustavsen.

Finally! Piano that's not rushed! TrulyMusicForTheNextAge !

After searching off and on for weeks I found what I wanted. Less is more. What is left out is as important as what is put in. I wanted chill out with out all the useless frilly lace and cobwebs getting in the way. As refreshing as Prog by The Bad Plus but completely unique (not the same genre) Way to go Marcin Waliewski Trio !


This trio is simply beyond words. Great compositions and perfect interpretation throughout the album. I'd easily rank this as the best album of the year. Hope to see more stuff coming out soon...


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Poland's Marcin Wasilewski began playing piano at the age of seven, and studied classical music in high school, but the course of his professional career as a musician was set at the age of 13 when he discovered and immersed himself in jazz, forming the Simple Acoustic Trio with friends Slawomir Kurkicwicz (bass) and Michal Miskiewicz (drums) a year or so later. The trio released several Poland-only albums under that group name, including 2000's Habanera and 2001's Lullaby for Rosemary (both on Not...
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January, Marcin Wasilewski Trio
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jan 01, 2008

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