Myrczek & Tomaszewski

"Love Revisited"

 

Released: 2014

Label: For-Tune


Wojciech Myrczek - voc

Paweł Tomaszewski - pn

 


Tracks:

1. MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE (Guy Wood, Robert Mellin)

2. VERY EARLY (Bill Evans, Carol Hall)

3. LITTLE SUNFLOWER (Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau)

4. BEWITCHED (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

5. UNFORGETTABLE (Irving Gordon)

6. MY ROMANCE (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

7. THEN I’LL BE TIRED OF YOU (Arthur Schwartz, Yip Harburg)

8. FREEDOM JAZZ DANCE (Eddie Harris, Eddie Jefferson / Wojciech Myrczek)

9. NEARNESS OF YOU (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington)

10. ALL BLUES (Miles Davis)



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Wojciech Myrczek Quintet

"We'll Be Together Again"

 

Released: 2010

Label: Polish Radio Katowice


Wojciech Myrczek - voc

Marcin Kaletka - ts

Michał Wierba - p

Michał Kapczuk - db

Sebastian Kuchczyński - dr

Tracks:

1. My Love Effendi (K. Elling, M. Tyner) 5:30

2. Moody’s Mood for Love (E. Jefferson, J. Moody) 4:40

3. It’s Over Now (M. Ferro, T. Monk) 5:27

4. Laura (J. Mercer, D. Raksin) 6:12

5. Never Too Soon (C. Leonhart, K. Barron) 5:04

6. Groovin’ High (lyrics author unknown, D. Gillespie) 4:48

7. We’ll Be Together Again (F. Laine, C. Fisher) 4:22


album review by Adam Baruch



This is the debut album by Polish Jazz vocalist Wojciech Myrczek, recorded with his quintet which also includes saxophonist Marcin Kaletka, pianist Michal Wierba, bassist Michal Kapczuk and drummer Sebastian Kuchczynski. The album, recorded at Polish Radio Katowice, presents seven vocal Jazz standards. 

Myrczek has a beautiful classic Jazz voice and his talent is immediately apparent even on this early recording,

which obviously does not display his full palette, which he learned over time, as evident on his duo album with pianist Pawel Tomaszewski, recorded four years later ("Love Revisited"). He does show his ability to learn the tricks of the trade, moving freely between singing lyrics (in English, problematic but tolerable), scat or vocally imitating bass lines. 

On this album Myrczek still lacks his own personal style and expression, obviously imitating a plethora of influences and searching for the most appropriate path to find his own way. Nevertheless it still is a solid debut album, especially in view of the fact that male vocalists are a rare commodity on the Polish Jazz scene. 

The instrumental support Myrczek receives from his cohorts is also very solid, nothing sensational but well played

and supportive of him as a soloist. Wierba is the most gifted player and the players are all used to play together as members of the Wierba / Schmidt Quintet, therefore their performance as a unit is quite predictable. 

Overall this album is a nice effort, capturing a young vocalist at the early stage of his career, which remains as a nice

document of his musical biography.