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Mikrokolektyw ( http://www.myspace.com/mikrokolektyw )

Revisit
Delmark ( http://www.delmark.com/ )

Revisit is not your typical jazz release, in fact this avant-garde duo put forth a solid album that unites improvisation and structure smoothly. The Mikrokelektyw consists of trumpeter Artur Majewski and drummer Kuba Suchar. They use just as much blippy electronics and structured rhythm programs as they do the soft sound of trumpet and the rich acoustics of the drum kit. 
 
With their unique approach to creating jazz, Majewski and Suchar achieve a sound that is soulful, worldly, futuristic, unconventional, seamless and timeless. The blend of programmed beats and melodies gives the songs a structure that the duo seem to deftly march out from, creating pieces that are so un-formulaic it's often easy to forget the computational presence and become attached to the soulful and human personality of the music, which is there in abundance. Of course, the electronics have their fun too, as on "Gift," the darkest of the eleven tracks on the album. And yet, the electronics play an important role in moving the piece forward into new territory that feel like the future (akin to artists such at Matmos) as much as 1960s Giorgio Moroder.
 
Revisit stands as its own lovingly sculpted piece of work. A smooth collection of tracks and an ever-changing and interesting piece of music. It's no wonder how this Polish duo found it's way onto Chicago's avant tastemakers, Delmark Records.

By Kat Dornian
May 5, 2011

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