Chopin: Mazurkas and Preludes for Guitar Solo.
This extraordinary artistic venture is made up of harmonically enriched jazz transcriptions of the most common mazurkas and preludes, inter alia, the E minor and C minor preludes as well as the Chopin version of Mozart’s “La Ci Darem La Mano.” The guitar versions of these works give them the unique sound combinig Chopin flavour and folk origins of jazz.
Exceptionally lavishly made jazz versions of the most common Polish Christmas songs are a perfect testimony to the tonal possibilities and the harmonic richness of the guitar. The commonly known pieces provide the material for the free improvisation adhering to the jazz tradition.
Christmas Carols for Guitar Solo.
Polish Songs for Guitar Solo.
As a whole, the project consists of the songs that were famous hits during the interwar and post-war periods. The compositions of H. Wars, W. Szpilman, or J. Petersburski, initially written for the needs of the film or theatre productions “The Sea Eye” (Morskie Oko) or “Qui Pro Quo,” were later popularised by the stage stars, including M. Fogg, H. Ordonówna, I. Santor and K. Jędrusik. The solo interpretations of the old hits have their roots in the jazz guitar; the treatment of these pieces as typical jazz standards sheds new light on the musical output of the composers of those songs.
Polish Songs for Jazz Quartet.
In its repertoire, the project is based on the musical works written during the pre- and post-war eras by the Polish creators related to the film or the cabaret theatre. This time, most arrangements are based on the late 1950’s-specific Gerry Mulligan Quartet’s sound, enriched with more contemporary harmonic solutions. The guitar and clarinet counterpoint, accompanied by a traditional rhythm section, provides the unique sound that perfectly fits in the atmosphere of the music.
Tribute to John Coltrane.
It is a program of tunes arranged for a classical jazz trio: the guitar, Hammond organ and drums. It consists of the most famous of Coltrane’s compositions (“Moment Notice”, “Giant Steps” and “Mr. PC” ) as well as the pieces of music which, thanks to the Master’s works, left a permanent trace on the development of jazz music.