Marcin Wasilewski Trio
The fourth ECM album from the Marcin Wasilewski Trio adds a special guest, the lyrical Swedish saxophonist Joakim Milder, whom the Polish band came to know through live performances with Tomasz Stanko's Litania project. Amongst other affinities, the players share a love of Krzysztof Komeda's themes, and "Sleep Safe and Warm" written for Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, makes a welcome reappearance here. Milder played the theme with Stanko on the Litania recording in 1997. Two years earlier the Wasilewski Trio (or the Simple Acoustic Trio, as they were then known) featured it on their very first album, Komeda. "Wasilewski is a sensitive, bittersweet romantic," opined UK website Marlbank recently, "in one sense a disciple of Bill Evans, but just as much a follower of Komeda, the great Polish film composer. And it's fitting that oneof Komeda's most compelling melodies is included on the new album."