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“TOM TRIO” is the title of Tomasz Dąbrowski’s first album as a leader and the name of his international group.
Featuring double bassist Nils Bo Davidsen and drummer Anders Mogensen, the music of “TOM TRIO” expresses an extraordinary blend of Slavic and Scandinavian personalities through long melodic lines, rough sound textures, and a precise sense of time.
Dąbrowski plays trumpet and a vintage instrument he calls “balkan horn.” His strong, instantly-recognizable sound and expressive playing are inspired by free jazz, Eastern European folk music, and avant-garde music. Tomasz is considered one of the most original Polish trumpet players and composers on today’s European jazz scene. At the age of 28 he has released eleven albums as a co-leader and sideman and he has toured extensively in Europe, the US,
For the last four years, while living in Denmark,
Dąbrowski has worked and performed with some of the finest musicians and bands on the Danish scene: Kresten Osgood, Jacob Anderskov, Kasper Tranberg, the Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Lotte Anker, Andreas Lang, Simon Krabs, and Kasper Tom to name a few. In January 2012 Dąbrowski visited New York where he recorded three albums in twelve days, collaborating with Tyshawn Sorey, Kris Davis, Jonathan Blake, Gilad Hekselman, Andrew Drury, and Jaleel Shaw.
The album “TOM TRIO” features 11 compositions written by Tomasz, most of them in a form of short songs without words. Some of the songs (such as “7 Days to Go”) utilize strong melodies while others seem to frame simplicity itself within twisted musical forms (e.g. “Wave”).
“I like to create in musically uncomfortable situations, to challenge myself. Playing in a trio forces me to stay on my toes, and to constantly push beyond my boundaries. There is no harmonic instrument, therefore I’m free to expand my sound and look for new colors.”
Both Anders Mogensen and Nils Bo Davidsen are major players on the Scandinavian scene, known for their personal sounds and approaches to music. Through the years they have collaborated with artists such as Han Bennink, Bunky Green, John Tchicai, Marc Ducret, Tom Rainey, Chris Speed, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Peter Brötzman, Evan Parker, Herb Robertson, Tim Berne, and many more.
“TOM TRIO” is released on cd and will also be available on iTunes and at other digital music vendors.
"Tomasz Dabrowski’s TOM TRIO, with bassist
Nils Bo Davidsen and drummer Anders Mogensen, features the young Polish trumpeter in a subdued but expansive set of originals, recalling the folksy futurism of Ornette Coleman, with hummable melodies that morph unexpectedly" - Tom Greenland, New York City Jazz Record.
"The 28-year-old Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dabrowski, on his debut album - TOM TRIO, teamed up with two experienced gentlemen from the Danish avantgarde-jazz scene. And as the result, we have hugely engaging and challenging album, where the constellation with the trumpet in the foreground works perfectly." - Thomas Bjørnsten - Århus Stifstidende
"The album is definitely a first class achievement and an excellent debut effort, which does justice to the leader´s abilities and hopefully will serve as an introduction to a long and successful recording career. It is unquestionably one of the best debut albums I heard this year. Now that Dabrowski got me hooked, I will eagerly await his next effort. In the meantime I can only hope that this album gets to as many listeners worldwide, as it truly deserves. Brilliant stuff!" - Adam Baruch, PL.
"Der er alt for få trioplader, hvor trompeten er i centrum. Det er den tanke jeg får, når jeg hører Tomasz Dabrowski's debutplade. Den holder et højt niveau hele vejen igennem. Den spartanske instrumentering med bas, trommer og trompet bruges bevidst. Der er megen luft omkring hver enkelt instrument. Han siger i pressematerialet at han elsker at skabe musikalsk ukomfortable situationer, hvor han udfordrer sig selv. Det gør han også i høj grad, når han skal undvære et akkordinstrument, som f.eks. et klaver. Det der lander hos mig er ikke udfordrende musik, som i noget der er uforståeligt. Dabrowski er nærværende og påpasselig med materialet, der aldrig overlæsses.
Polske Tomasz Dabrowski har boet i Danmark de sidste fire år, hvor han har gået på konservatoriet i Odense. Her har han mødt trommeslageren Anders Mogensen, der er underviser på stedet. Sammen med bassisten Nils Bo Davidsen er Mogensen suveræne partnere. De er overalt i musikken og ved også hvornår de skal holde igen. Tomasz Dabrowski spiller udover trompet også på balkanhorn. Han trækker på inspiration fra free jazz, østeuropæisk folkemusik og avantgarde. Tom Trio er både et originalt og velspillet album, der bør pirre den nysgerrige jazzlytter" - Nils Overgård, Jazznyt, October 2012