Plenty has been written about European musicians approaching the American jazz tradition; it's far rarer to hear about American musicians bringing their heritage to distinctly European projects. Capitalizing on the critical acclaim for its debut Crazy Girl, pianist/composer/arranger Andrzej Winnicki and saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna - the driving force behind Komeda Project—bring trumpeter Russ Johnson back for their new CD Requiem. What makes Requiem different, however, and a significant evolution over Crazy Girl, is the enlistment of über-bassist Scott Colley and the equally ubiquitous drummer Nasheet Waits.
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This tribute to Polish jazz pianist and soundtrack composer Krzysztof Komeda is lovingly handled by compatriots Andrzej Winnicki and Krzysztof Medyna, who have assembled a top-notch, freewheeling crew in bassist Scott Colley, trumpeter Russ Johnson and drummer Nasheet Waits. ... compelling, emotionally charged ... —Bill Milkowski/JazzTimes
The Komeda Project at Cornelia Street was electrifying, the core, the exciting, the very alive essence of Komeda himself jumped from the stage. Winnicki is a better pianist than Komeda ever was. His comping, moreover, was perfect, his voicings and timing lifting the music..
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