When you first listen to the compositions on “Black Wine”, you're not sure what to think. You do get a feeling though that this CD is something exceptional, unusual. Something new. The strength of this music is in its vagueness, and simultaneously in its perfectionism, which, in the case of musicians of this class, comes as no surprise.
This music certainly doesn't seduce the listener immediately; it's too sophisticated for that. Like a fine wine, it takes you in slowly, but totally and deeply.
The perfection of these original, multi-layered compositions and superb playing both contribute to the unique character of this CD. This is music that is uncompromising and unmistakably urban; it's music that takes an ironic distance to itself.
“Industrial Jazz” is what you might call it...This isn't to say this it's lacking in passion – quite the opposite! Sometimes it surprises with phrases, solutions, or quotations that you've never heard before, but it's always tightly controlled and never seemingly gives in to emotions.
It's only after you've listened to it a few times that a second dimension becomes evident. You begin to notice the logic of the compositions and their weight – and not only intellectually. You enter into a dialogue with what's happening and fully participate in the whole rich spectrum of the phenomenon that is “Black Wine”.
Rafał UHURU Szyjer
guitarist, composer and arranger is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, as well as the Higher School of Music in Munich, Germany. Maciej Grzywacz has three solo albums to his credit - "Things Never Done", which features renowned New York trumpeter Avashai Cohen, "Forces Within", with Canadian drummer Tyler Hornby and "Fourth Dimension" with alto sax player Maciej Obara. He received a “Fryderyk” award nomination in the Jazz Album of The Year category twice. In addition to numerous concert and festival appearances in Poland, Maciej Grzywacz toured in Canada, Israel and several countries in Europe, including Germany, France, Austria, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Bulgaria and Romania.
was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in Seattle. Nakamura went on to study jazz at Berklee College of Music, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Performance. Over his short but extremely impressive career, Nakamura has already performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He’s performed with jazz stars including Victor Goines, Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks, Hank Jones, and Wynton Marsalis, Myron Walden, Loren Schoenberg, Frank Wess, Richard Wyands, Jackie Williams and Phil Wilson.
ranks high among drummers who are versatile and savvy enough to play any style of music. Having played in a semi-professional capacity since the age of 15, Penn has toured, performed and recorded with a veritable who's who of musical stars, including Betty Carter, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Douglas, Jacky Terrasson, Roberta Flack, Dizzy Gilespie, Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Steps Ahead, Mike Stern, Adam Rogers, David Sanchez, Makoto Ozone, Maria Schneider, Joshua Redman. He is probably one of the most sought after drummers of his generation on the scene.