Maciej Obara - alto saxophone
Tom Arthurs - trumpet
Dominik Wania - piano
Ole Morten Vaagan – double bass
Gard Nilssen - drums
Maciej Obara is one of the most interesting and promising artists of Poland's younger jazz generation. He has already realized a number of international projects, including ones with Antoine Roney, Ralph Alessi, Mark Helias, Nasheet Waits, as well as with John Lindberg and Harvey Sorgen. He has also recorded with Tomasz Stańko.
Obara International is this artist's first continuing international project, and constitutes a result of his participation in the project Take 5 Europe, which was active at the London Jazz Festival. Besides Obara, those who have played in the group until present include: Dominik Wania on piano, and the rhythm section of Norwegian musicians Gard Nilssen and Ole Marten V?gan. This album was recorded in a quintet format, as trumpeter Tom Arthurs also played with the group.
This is now the third album in our catalog by this group. The first CD, titled Komeda, was released by For Tune® in 2013 and received glowing reviews. The English language blog Polish Jazz recognized it as the best Polish jazz album of 2013. The subsequent album – Live at Manggha – was also released in 2013. Marek Romański from Jazz Forum magazine wrote of it: “an outstanding concert in the Krakow club Manggha has yielded a world-class album”.
Two years after that event, we present another live recording: Obara International – Live in Mińsk Mazowiecki.
released November 26, 2015
All tunes composed by Maciej Obara, except track 02 (O.M. Vagan) and 04 (T.Arthurs)
Recorded live November 8, 2014 at the Municipal House of Culture in Mińsk Mazowiecki (Poland)
Recording, mix & master: Michał Kupicz
Video recording & editing: Maciej Lubczański
Executive producer: Lupus Film & Holeinmoon
Cameramen: Rafał Bobrowski, Sławomir Chudowski, Witold Kornaś,
Wojciech Mandela, Marcin Pawełczak, Łukasz Byczyński
Crane operator: Wojciech Mandela
Key grip: Łukasz Morzyk
Lighting: Bartosz Gburek
Warning intro: G. Lebik / A. Wąsik (am2 filmworkshop)
For Tune intro: P. Damasiewicz / A. Wąsik (am2 filmworkshop)
Design: For Tune®
Cover photo: Urszula Tarasiewicz
Other photos: Krzysztof Machowina
The copyrights of this record are owned by For Tune® LLC
Unauthorized duplication of this record is strictly prohibited.
1st edition. Previously unissued."
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supported by 7 fans who also own “Live in Mińsk Mazowiecki”
This quintet has acquired legendary status as a working unit...all the musicians are exemplary at their craft and DD is one of my 'Big5'...he is an exquisite composer of both depth and breadth of vision...you can instantly recognise Dave's DNA in a tune...what's more, you feel there is also so much more to come!;his powers of expression are so special.
These compositions are from the heart and I can only suggest that you take them to yours...
supported by 6 fans who also own “Live in Mińsk Mazowiecki”
Total, complete, and absolute dope! Hawkins has several great albums (including the AH Ensemble ones) but this one really puts his artistry and compositional chops at whole new levels. Do not miss this one! Lula