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Marek Pospieszalski: "Joyous"

by Bocian

Blissful 02:40
Untouched 02:56
Strenghts 03:37
Glorified 03:45
Triumphal 01:15
Joyous 02:30
Exultation 02:28
Embedded 02:01
Unperturbed 08:40


This album has waited a very long time for its release.
It would be a truism to write how these last years have bedevilled us all.
Marek Pospieszalski has managed to turn this period into a very creative and artistically good time for him - two great albums released on the Clean Feed.
"Joyous"- solo work is perhaps the first recording in this trillogy (?) although only published this year. It is like an "introduction to the unknown".
Perhaps this unintentional delay, caused by my tardiness, will allow this material to sound better after the aforementioned discs in the series "Polish Composers of the 20th Century" and "Durer's Mother" inspired by the music of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The artist is slowly gaining his rightful position by taking a circuitous route through publications on a recognised jazz label. Although this album may prove to be a ''quirk'' for some of his fans, for me it rather catapults the instrument into the 21st century, which is what appeals to me most about Bocian Records at the moment.
This year will also see the release of an album by violinist Erkki Velthaim, who gives his instrument a similar treatment. What treatments?
Well, this excellent saxophonist 'embellishes' Joyous with a very modest melodic resource and even reduces the sound, often placing purely pitch manipulations in the foreground.
Marek Pospieszaski's music on this album (and in his solo concerts) treats feedback not as an 'acoustic accident' but as the controlling theme of his works. In this sense, his solo work is very similar to what he presents in his Malediwy project with percussionist Qba Janicki (also on Bocian with his solo LP "Intuitive Mathematics"), in which he creates a kind of interweaving sound stream of unknown source. Both, solo and Malediwy are strictly composed, and although he allows himself to improvise at concerts, the overriding goal seems to be internal control.


released March 25, 2023

All music by: Marek Pospieszalski
Marek Pospieszalski: prepared saxophone
Recorded at Radio Krakow by Grzegorz Dąbek, June of 2019
Mixed and Mastered: Michał Kupicz
Photo:Michał Chmielewski
Artwork: Marek Pospieszalski & Pola Zga


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