Tomasz Stanko, Michal Urbaniak, Zbigniew Seifert – We’ll Remember Komeda (1972)

Tomasz Stanko Piano, Trumpet
Zbigniew Seifert Violin, Sax (Alto)
Michal Urbaniak Violin, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Violectra
Roman Dylag Bass
Peter Giger Drums
Armen Halburian Percussion
Urszula Dudziak Percussion Vocals
Attila Zoller Guitar

This is a tribute album for the jazz pianist and composer Krzysztof Komeda, who died far too young at age 38. Six compositions of his are performed and arranged by musicians who had all worked with him, the most famous of which by far is trumpeter Tomasz Stanko. It may be a testament to the prolific legacy of Komeda’s work that an album this incredible can remain largely unknown. It is one of those records that is both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Terror, incidentally, is not really an accident here, as two of the compositions draw from his film work with Roman Polanski (“A Knife in the Water,” and “Rosemary’s Baby.”) Everyone is firing on all cylinders on this session and they sound very tuned-in to each other, but the vocalizations of Urszula Dudziak are particularly noteworthy for having given me goosebumps every time. The music is also recorded especially well, which is never a bad thing. This share is for my dear friend MC Aardvark, who is a big aficionado of Komeda but was not familiar with this album. He’s turned me on to a lot of good music over the years and it is one of my biggest pleasures in life to be able to return the favor whenever possible.