EABS are a fast-emerging talented group of musicians from Wrocław, Poland. Consisting of Marek Pędziwiatr on piano, synths and vocals, Vojto Monteur on guitar, Paweł Stachowiak on bass, Jakub Kurek on trumpet, Olaf Węgier on tenor sax, Marcin Rak on drums and Spisek Jednego on the turntables, EABS are diverse in sound, creating a myriad of different emotive performances and atmospheres. On their debut album Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda), the group excels at giving so much life and love to an invigorated genre of jazz that is thriving at the moment. They dedicate this album to Polish Jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda, who is most well-known for his classic album Astigmatic (1965) and his work on soundtracks for Roman Polanski films such as The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968).
The dynamism of ‘Perły i Dukaty XIV / Repetition’ is met with impeccable drumming and a powerful sax performance. The slower tempo of ‘Private Conversation VIII’ is moving, and ‘Free Witch and No Bra Queen / Sult’ features the one and only Polish jazz legend Michał Urbaniak in a frantic but beautifully arranged song that is one of the highlights of this whole album. ‘Step Into the Light (Wiklinowy Kosz)’ incorporates turntables and a few introspective verses.
What makes this project such a compelling listen is not only the chemistry between the band members, but the energy and flow of the music that keeps it exciting throughout. Check out some photos from their recording sessions below, and be sure to check out this new album of theirs, which deserves all the light and shine in the world for what they are doing for jazz music.
Released via Astigmatic Records.