Tomasz Dąbrowski – Better (2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Tomasz Dąbrowski – Better (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:49 minutes | 435 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © April Records & Music Co.

Named ‘one of Europe’s most versatile and curious players’ by Downbeat Magazine, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dąbrowski returns with the sophomore album from his internationally acclaimed septet. Following their eponymous 2022 debut, the ensemble proudly presents ‘Better’, set to release on March 29th on April Records. With an atypical lineup featuring the cream of the crop of the Polish and Scandinavian contemporary improvisation scenes, ‘Better’ captures the edge and energy of a live performance extended and elevated by the use of electronic instruments and textures.

Drawing the listener in with its refined sense of space and pace, the record sees the septet navigate their way through Dabroski’s open compositional ideas, passing melodic structures around the ensemble and evolving through ethereal ambient soundscapes, scorching solos and adventurous cacophonies of collective improvisation. Drawing on a year’s worth of experience performing extensively together as an ensemble, the level of intensive listening, interactivity and trust within the group enables each instrumentalist to fearlessly contribute their voice.

“Every track has a unique twist. ‘Upright’ plays with form. ‘Bonzer’, the use of instrumentation. ‘Hale & Hearty’ explores textures.”

A testament to the ensemble’s commitment to artistic growth and creative evolution, ‘Better’ reminds us to consider what we all can and should strive for. It’s an inspiring message that manifests in the music and radiates through every aspect of life. “We should all strive to do better. To be better versions of ourselves and observe how it resonates within and in those around us,” Dąbrowski says.

Tracklist:
1-1. Tomasz Dąbrowski – F Jak Samolot (06:01)
1-2. Tomasz Dąbrowski – Bataty (07:22)
1-3. Tomasz Dąbrowski – Unicorns (02:07)
1-4. Tomasz Dąbrowski – Slide (01:32)
1-5. Tomasz Dąbrowski – Upright (04:09)
1-6. Tomasz Dąbrowski – Bonzer (05:38)
1-7. Tomasz Dąbrowski – Lush (06:19)
1-8. Tomasz Dąbrowski – Skinny Griffin (04:11)
1-9. Tomasz Dąbrowski – Hale & Hearty (04:26)

Personnel:
Tomasz Dąbrowski – Trumpet and Electronics
Fredrik Lundin – Tenor Saxophone
Irek Wojtczak – Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
Grzegorz Tarwid – Grand Piano and Syntheizer
Max Mucha – Double Bass
Knut Finsrud – Electric and Acoustic Drums
Jan Emil Młynarski – Electric and Acoustic Drums

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