Piotr Schmidt Quartet feat. Wojciech Niedziela - Tribute To Tomasz Stańko
Overall this is a wonderfully executed and cleverly planned piece of music, which achieves the ambitious goal assigned to it in full. It is also a textbook example of what "tribute" albums should sound like, as well as a wonderful example of a bridge over a chasm of the infamous generation gap, which enables a smooth transition of the heritage from one generation to another. Polish Jazz at its best!
prof. Adam Baruch (The Soundtrack Of My Life)
This is one of the top 10 jazz albums 2018!
Wulf Muller (Okeh Records - Sony Music Germany)
A wonderful homage to the master of the trumpet. This may become Poland’s jazz album of 2018!
Michał Dybaczewski (Kurier Lubelski)
Those fragments in which the narrative focuses around Niedziela's subtle piano overpower the listener with their beauty and tranquility, like the loveliest ballads.
Adam Domagała (JazzPress / Zdzazzemlzej)
There rushes through this album an incredibly jazzy gust and glow of Stańko’s music, but this tribute isn’t imitative: it’s the sophisticated esthetics of modern jazz (...) One of the most important publications of Polish jazz.
Dionizy Piątkowski (Era Jazzu)
I'm thrilled by the beauty of this music.
Marek Bania (Jazz TV)
While "Saxesful" was Piotr's breakthrough album, this disc, recorded with the quartet pure, is his masterpiece.
prof. Maciej Lewenstein
The outstanding trumpeter Piotr Schmidt, accompanied by the superlative pianist Wojciech Niedziela, and the sensational RGG Trio’s bassist Maciej Garbowski and drummer Krzysztof Gradziuk, is back with a new project: Tribute to Tomasz Stańko, paying homage to the giant of Polish jazz who died only a few months ago.
Piotr Schmidt Quartet’s newest album, Tribute to Tomasz Stańko, launched in Gliwice on 7 December 2018. The album has been recorded with the participation of one of Poland’s best jazz pianists, Wojciech Niedziela, and the renowned RGG Trio’s bassist Maciej Garbowski and drummer Krzysztof Gradziuk. Schmidt and Niedziela have collaborated for three years and recorded their first joint album Dark Morning last year, published in September 2018 by SJRecords. Tribute To Tomasz Stańko is an homage to the influential artist who died on 29th July 2018 and, in Piotr Schmidt’s words, a thanks for inspiration and intense emotions which Stańko’s music provided over the years.
Piotr Schmidt - trumpet
Wojciech Niedziela - grandpiano
Maciej Garbowski - doublebass
Krzysztof Gradziuk - drums
Produced by Piotr Schmidt
Music production: Piotr Schmidt, Maciej Stach
Cover painting: Tomasz Olszewski
Cover design: Tomasz Olszewski
Inside photos: Aleksandra Kasztalska
Mixed and mastered by Maciej Stach in MaqRecordsStudio, Wojkowice
Sound Engineer: Jan Smoczyńki, Grzegorz Łojowski
Recorded in June 2018 in Tokarnia Music Production Studio in Nieporęt and in October 2018 in Cavatina Studio in Bielsko Biała.
Tribute to Tomasz Stańko develops the musical ideas first heard in Piotr Schmidt’s earlier collaboration with Wojciech Niedziela, the album Dark Morning; ideas which bring to mind a sonic landscape familiar from ECM productions: painted with darker hues, infused with feelings and sensations, and firmly rooted in the European approach to rhythm and harmony. It is a landscape whose precursor in Poland was Tomasz Stańko.
Marek Romański, Jazz Forum 01-02 / 2019
The music is heart-wrenching, melancholic, full of sorrow and… beauty.
Paweł Brodowski, head editor of Jazz Forum (Europe Jazz Network, February 2019)