Album: Komeda Project, Requiem (WM Records)

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Intriguing, occasionally feisty yet lyrical interpretations of compositions by the increasingly influential Polish jazz and film composer Krzysztof Komeda (1931-69), one of Roman Polanski's key collaborators.

Played by a NYC quintet featuring Krzysztof Medyna (sax) and Andrzej Winnick (piano) alongside Russ Johnson on trumpet, Scott Colley on bass and Nasheet Watts, the repertoire includes "Litania", whose album of the same name by Tomasz Stanko remains the standard work on Komeda thus far.