Jarek Bothur Quartet
Jarek Bothur Quartet
All these musicians are studying now at Jazz Faculty of Music Academy in Katowice. Jarek Bothur, the leader of the band and composer of whole material on the disc (except of Circular Motion by Phil Markovitz) is the oldest of four being 28 while other players are 20, 20 and 25 (Masłowski). They won many band and individual jazz contests in Poland but what is most important that regardless their young age they show maturity and craft that places them easily between most interesting and distinct bands of Polish mainstream jazz. That is at least my opinion and I am little surprised I am saying such things so willingly but their music is such nice surprise, fresh and creative that I cannot but recognize them as one of the biggest hopes of Polish young jazz mainstream.
I feel soon they shall go in footsteps of such renown Polish mainstream bands as Michał Wasilewski Trio, RGG or Piotr Wyleżol Trio/Quintet. These bands are creme de creme of Polish jazz, all bound to its classical form but very forward thinking, dedicated to improvisation and also to the best tradition of Polish jazz impersonated in musicians such as Krzysztof Komeda, Tomasz Stańko, Zbigniew Seifert or Mieczysław Kosz. I see no reason why 4 young lads aforementioned cannot be counted among them soon. No reason except perhaps that the competition in Poland is so high and that it is so difficult to sustain yourself being professional jazz musician nowadays.
If some good label can sign them soon as ACT did with Paweł Kaczmarczyk they surely would not be disappointed by the artistic and hopefully sales results as well." Source: http://kochamjazz.blogspot.com Jarek Bothur Graduate of the Jazz Academy in Katowice. Before that he studied saxophone at the F. Chopin's PSM in Warsaw. His name can be found in "Jazz Forum" Magazine's Ranking (2009) in 2 categories: saxophone and new hope.
Cooperates with Janusz Muniak, Zbigniew Wegehaupt, Krzysztof Pacan and many other polish jazz musicians. So far he received: - First Prize during "Jazz Nad Odra" individual contest, Wroclaw 2010 - Grand Prix and the "New Jazz Hope" title during "Novum Jazz Festival" in Lomza 2009 - Grand Prix at "Jazzda - Jazz Competition" Swidnik 2010 (with Jan Malecha Quartet) - Grand Prix at the "Nadzieje Warszawy 2007" festival (with Bogna Kicinska Quintet) - Grand Prix at "Jazz Standards Festival" Siedlce 2006 (with Bednarska Five). Jakub Płużek Student of the Jazz Academy in Katowice. His name can be found in "Jazz Forum" Magazine's Ranking (2009) in 3 categories: pianist, new hope and composer. He works with Arek Skolik (record: "Detour Ahead" 2010), Janusz Muniak, Ireneusz Dudek and other well-known polish jazz musicians. He received individual award at the prestigous "Montreux Jazz Piano Competition". He also received: - First Prize during "Jazz Nad Odra" individual contest, Wroclaw 2010 - Grand Prix at the "Piano Jazz Festival" Warsaw 2007 - Grand Prix at "Jazz Standards Festival" Siedlce 2008 - Grand Prix at "Jazz Juniors" Cracow 2008 - Grand Prix at "Złota Tarka" 2009 Max Mucha Student of the Jazz Academy in Katowice.
He works with Arek Skolik (record: "Detour Ahead" 2010), Janusz Muniak, Trio EMPE3. He received "The Biggest Talent of the Festival" award during Tarnow Jazz Contest in 2009 (with Jarek Bothur Quartet) and 2010 (with Michal Szkil Trio). Grzegorz Masłowski Student of the Jazz Academy in Katowice. Cooperated with many polish and european musicians. He gave rhythmic and drum workshop during the "Jazz Voicingers Festival" in Zory (2010).
Currently plays and works with Janusz Muniak, Jan Malecha Quartet, The Transgress. During "Jazz Juniors" Competition 2010 in Cracow he received Grand Prix with 2 bands: Jarek Bothur Quartet and Michal Wroblewski Trio. He also received: - Individual Award during "Krokus Jazz Festival" Jelenia Gora 2010 - Grand Prix at "Jazzda - Jazz Competition" Swidnik 2010 (with Jan Malecha Quartet) - Grand Prix at "Blues, Rock, Jazz Warsaw Festival 2009" (with The Transgress) - Grand Prix at "Jazz Improvisation Contest" Kielce 2004 page source: http://jarekbothurquartet.pl Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..