Album: Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Faithful (ECM)

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The third album by the three young Polish unpronounceables who used to back trumpeter Tomasz Stanko is close to a total triumph.

An imaginative repertoire mixes originals with tunes by Ornette, Paul Bley, Hermeto Pascoal and Hans Eisler, plus "Ballad of the Sad Young Men". Overall, they play with equal force and feeling, swinging as hard as a Miles Davis Quintet from the 1960s, or getting lyrical like Jarrett where necessary. The leader's "Night Train to You" is a stand-out.