Like a Dream

Like a Dream

by Darek Oleszkiewicz
     
 
Darek Oleszkiewicz, a native of Poland and member of the music faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, makes his recording debut as a leader with this remarkable CD. Not yet thirty-years-old at the time of these sessions, the bassist shows surprising depth as a composer, arranger and soloist, with a gift for lyricism and a virtuoso technique reminiscent of

Overview

Darek Oleszkiewicz, a native of Poland and member of the music faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, makes his recording debut as a leader with this remarkable CD. Not yet thirty-years-old at the time of these sessions, the bassist shows surprising depth as a composer, arranger and soloist, with a gift for lyricism and a virtuoso technique reminiscent of Niels Pedersen. The first five songs are sterling duets with pianist Brad Mehldau (with whom he has worked in the past). The only standard, "You Don't Know What Love Is," evolves from a conversational duo improvisation, with both men avoiding typical approaches. His shimmering "Like a Dream" ought to have lyrics, while his "Blues for Eden" is very playful with hints of "Kerry Dance" worked into it. On two tracks, Oleszkiewicz leads a quartet with saxophonist Chuck Manning, guitarist Larry Koonse and drummer Mark Ferber. "Precious Moments" is an intricate composition that gives a strong indication of the leader's classical background. The gentle samba "Before the Journey" is a fine showcase for the bassist. The last four songs feature a trio with pianist Adam Benjamin and drummer Nate Wood. "Gift" has a gentle Latin rhythm, while the spacious ballad "That Night" sounds as if it could have been adapted from a classical sonata. The CD concludes with an infectious but brief three-part suite called "Conclusion," adding tenor saxophonist Bernie Maupin for its second movement. This is an auspicious debut that should help Darek Oleszkiewicz gain wider recognition.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Cryptogramophone
UPC:
0671860011927
catalogNumber:
600119
Rank:
190749

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Darek Oleszkiewicz   Primary Artist,Bass
Bennie Maupin   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Brad Mehldau   Piano
Darek Oles   Double Bass
Chuck Manning   Saxophone
Nate Wood   Drums
Mark Ferber   Drums
Adam Benjamin   Piano

Technical Credits

Putter Smith   Engineer
Alex Cline   Graphic Design
Gene DePaul   Composer
Jeff Gauthier   Executive Producer
Darek Oleszkiewicz   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Don Raye   Composer
Michael Stephans   Liner Notes
Andy Waterman   Engineer
Stacy Carson   Engineer
Gareth Jiffeau   Graphic Design

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