Talented jazz septet EABS are back with an excellent collaborative project with Tenderlonius titled Kraksa / Svantetic. Having released one of the best jazz albums last year with Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda) as well as putting on the best jazz shows I’ve seen this year at the Total Refreshment Centre in London earlier in February, it goes without saying that I was excited and intrigued to hear the music they would put out. As for Tenderlonius, it’s safe to say that he’s one of the most gifted artists in the scene right now. They really gel effortlessly on this new project.
There are two new tracks, both above the 10 minute mark. The first is “Kraska,” an intensive and dynamic composition with heavy saxophone and drumming that is accompanied by Tenderlonius flute melodies that capture the soul and aura of the track. As it breaks down near the middle, the melody reminds us of that previous project, the smooth saxophone melodies and sudden changes in drum tempo that bring the story they are trying to tell to light. A gorgeous track that oozes power and excellence. The second track, “Svantetic” is more dynamic in tempo, as it brings a livelier saxophone, bass and guitar rhythm that explodes throughout the track. In terms of composition it is complex and vibrant, with shifts in tempo, instrumentation and tone. It has a much darker and more aggressive latter half which keeps building and building until the track comes to an abrupt end. An unsettling but fitting way to end this collaborative project with two greats from the Polish and London jazz scene. It was recorded straight to tape at Radio Opole in Poland, which is fitting as it brings such lively and menacing energy. An impeccable new album from the two artists, and I can only imagine the depths they will reach with their music in 2019.
You can listen to EABS and Tenderlonius’ new project Kraksa / Svantetic below via Bandcamp, and make sure you support! Released via 22a Records.