Recommended: Waclaw Zimpel – “LAM”


On the three-part LAM, Waclaw Zimpel plants seeds of minimalism and brings three different forms of expression to bloom.  The first section begins with tranquility and the barest murmur from pianist Krzysztof Dys, drummer Hubert Zemler and the clarinetist, forsaking melody to infuse mood.  This, however, slowly builds up to an intensity that fills out a melody and spurs the music into motion.  Minimalism becomes something defined by its patterns of repetition and not its sparseness of sound.  The second of the three parts begins as the first part did, but never leaves that state of serenity.  The third and final part of the LAM suite uses as its starting point the place where Part One ended off.  The minimalism element is found in its simple, succinct patterns.  But Zimpel’s trio takes off from there, and the solos come strong with wild volatility and bursts of unrestrained personality.  And, delightfully, this final part circles back around to whence the album began.  First it powers down to frenetic repetition before concluding affairs in a return to a peaceful state, drifting, ambient music that hangs in the stillness of the air.  There’s some studio manipulation applied to the session.  Some electronics are added in, some shifting of sound, but all of it sounds organic to the performance, and could as easily be misjudged as live electronic treatments.

A seriously thrilling album.

Your album personnel:  Wacław Zimpel (Bb clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, tarogato), Krzysztof Dys (piano), Hubert Zemler (drums, metalophone) and mooryc (production, electronics).

The album is Self-Produced.

Jazz from the Warsaw, Poland scene.

Listen to more of the album at the artist’s Bandcamp page.

Available at:  Bandcamp