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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Komeda Trio with Bernt Rosengren - "Jazz Jamboree 1961 Nr 4" Vinyl 7" Reissue EP, UK, 2013 (Caophonic)

The cinematic New Wave of the late 1950s to the early 1960s wasn't all French, it was many countries, including Poland. The legendary (for many reasons) Roman Polanski made an incredible film called "The Knife In The Water." A truly disturbing portrait of a trio (two men and a woman) who are on a boat drifting in the sea, and the psycho-sexual games that are played on the floating crap game. With the images of despair comes this fantastic soundtrack by Krzysztof Komeda, a magnificent Polish Jazz musician, and composer. He worked with Polanski up to "Rosemary's Baby" but then died under mysterious circumstances in Los Angeles in 1968. It may have been a mistaken drunken mishap between Komeda and the fascinating Polish author Marek Hlasko (the James Dean of Polish literature). This 7" piece of vinyl is ground zero for Jazz Cool. Four songs, that one will play over and over again. Essential must-have.