Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot, conducted by Wojciech Rajski, was a original initiator of a unique musical venture – a jazz project featuring a string orchestra. Even though Wojciech Staroniewicz and the musicians of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra are no strangers and have collaborated numerous times before, it is the first time they record in the studio together.
Since the ‘Charlie Parker with Strings’ compilation album was released in 1995, every established jazz saxophonist (such as Wojciech Staroniewicz) aims to include a recording that features a classical string section in his portfolio. Usually, the strings are supported by a brass section (Joe Lovano’s ‘Symphonica’) or the complete symphonic orchestra is used (Sting with Branford Marsalis or in Joshua Redman’s ‘Omnifenix’). However, to give his recording more delicate, velvet quality, Staroniewicz decided to limit the size of the orchestra to string section only. Accompanying the orchestra is an excellent Andrzej Jagodziński Trio (Adam Cegielski – acoustic bass; Chesław ‘Mały’ Bartkowski – drums) whose incredible jazz feel and musical sharpness complete this unusual musical marriage.
The album ‘Tranquillo’ has come to fruition after years of Staroniwicz and Rajski’s orchestra joint live performances. The recording includes music by A.C. Jobim, Joe Henderson, Duke Ellington as well as Wojciech Staroniewicz’s original compositions. The fantastic string section arrangements, which were written by Włodzimierz Nahorny, Andrzej Jagodziński and Artur Jurek, add to the intensity and depth of the recording.
|1.||Among the Monks||5:25|
|2.||The Girl from Ipan Ipanema||5:12|
|5.||Ja w kapeluszu||6:54|
|6.||Duke of Iron||5:00|