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Zbigniew Seifert
Man Of The Light

Zbigniew Seifert — Man Of The Light (1977/2007)

  Zbigniew Seifert — Man Of The Light (1977/June 30, 2007)
⁄×⁄   Special USA & Japan Edition.
Born: June 6, 1946 in Cracow, Poland
Died: February 15, 1979 in Buffalo, NY

Album release: 1977/June 30, 2007
Recorded: September 27 30, 1976, Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik Stuttgart, Germany
Record Label: Polonio Records/Promising Music/MPS
Duration:     40:45
1. City Of Spring     6:25
2. Man Of The Light     9:30
3. Stillness     4:50
4. Turbulent Plover     7:14
5. Love In The Garden     6:04
6. Coral     6:42Personnel:
⁄×⁄   Zbigniew Seifert Violin
⁄×⁄   Joachim Kühn Acoustic piano
⁄×⁄   Cecil McBee Bass
⁄×⁄   Billy Hart Drums
⁄×⁄   Jasper van´t Hof Electric piano and Organ (on 5 only)
⁄×⁄   Chips Platen Engineer
⁄×⁄   Reinhard Truckenmüller Photos
⁄×⁄   Thyrso A. Brisolla/B.R.M. Cover                                                         Product Description
⁄×⁄   Starting his brilliant career in late 1960's, Stanko Quartet's alumni Zbigniew Seifert, quickly became leading European Jazz voice and the first violist capable to transcend the spirit of Coltrane music. Born June 6th, 1946, he began studying the violin at the age of six and ten years later also took up the saxophone. He studied violin at the University of Krakow, while also playing alto in his jazz group. The music of John Coltrane proved to be a strong influence throughout Seifert's career. As Scott Yanow observed: "Zbigniew Seifert was the violin what John Coltrane was to the saxophone". From an early age and later on as a member of Stanko's Quintet (1969–1973), he had made a name for himself in Europe. As a leader Seifert (who was affectionately known as Zbiggy) performed music that ranged from free Jazz to fusion. During his short life he thankfully was able to collaborate with some of the brightest stars of both American and European Jazz, including Hans Koller, Joachim Kühn, Billy Hart, Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Eddie Gomez, Charlie Mariano, Jack DeJohnette, and band Oregon with whom he recorded masterpiece album "Violin". In the mid to late seventies, Seifert recorded a series of albums as a leader, that established him as one of the most unique voices in jazz, and one of the most sophisticated improvisers on the violin. Tragically, his promising American and world career abruptly ended with his death to leukemia in 1979.REVIEW
By JOHN KELMAN, Published: March 22, 2010 | Score: *****
⁄×⁄   If ever a title was in need of the wider exposure it eluded when first released, it's Polish violinist Zbigniew Seifert's unparalleled Man of the Light — finally seeing the light of day thanks to Promising Music's ongoing series of remastered re–releases from the German MPS label of the 1960s and '70s. Seifert's death from complications from cancer in 1979, at the age of 32, cut tragically short a career that had only begun its upward trajectory in North America with his outstanding collaboration on Oregon's Violin (Vanguard, 1977) and his own Passion (Capitol, 1979), featuring guitarist John Scofield, pianist Richie Beirach, bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and percussionist Nana Vasconcelos.
⁄×⁄   But Seifert — who cut his teeth playing alto saxophone with Tomasz Stanko in the Polish trumpeter's quintet, immediately following legendary Polish composer/pianist Krzysztof Komeda's departure for Hollywood — had already begun generating attention for his fiery violin work on dates like saxophonist Charlie Mariano's 1976 fusion outing, Helen 12 Trees (MPS/Promising Music, 2008). Few were prepared, however, for the sheer power and unrelenting beauty of 1977's Man of the Light. At a time when the violin was experiencing something of a jazz renaissance, Seifert trumped all around him, suggesting how saxophone icon John Coltrane might have sounded, had he picked up a bow rather than a reed. ⁄×⁄   Seifert wastes no time combining Coltrane's "sheets of sound" with a folkloric melodism rooted in Polish traditionalism on the fiery "City of Spring." German pianist Joachim Kuhn plays with the intensity and modal vernacular of Coltrane's pianist, McCoy Tyner, but evokes a more personal sound through his unmistakable European classicism and near–reckless abandon. Bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart play with equal exuberance on this breathtakingly up–tempo opener that sets the bar high for the rest of the set, while Seifert delivers a solo of cathartic virtuosity. The title track, based around a visceral, mid–tempo 5/4 ostinato, is just as thrilling, with Kühn and Seifert contributing solos as captivating and relevant today as when they were first recorded in 1976.
⁄×⁄   Seifert also proves capable of compositional depth and passionately beautiful calm. "Stillness" — a duet with McBee, but featuring Seifert's overdubbed violins as a mini–string orchestra — is, indeed, based on relative stasis and a spare set of changes, with McBee's robust–toned solo of equal lyrical mettle to his ever–ardent leader. Overdubbing himself again on the similarly expansive "Love in the Garden," Seifert engages in a transcendent duet with Dutch keyboardist Jasper van't Hof, capturing a spirituality akin to Mahavishnu Orchestra Mark II's more tranquil moments on Apocalypse (Columbia, 1974).
⁄×⁄   "Turbulent Plover" swings with attitude — another modal workout for the quartet that features Kühn's most expansive solo of the set — while "Coral" ends the album conclusively, perfectly balancing the album's multifarious touchstones. It may only last a scant 42 minutes, but Man of the Light is a true desert island disc; one of the most exhilarating, important, and underexposed jazz albums ever recorded, and all the more tragic for its largely unfulfilled promise of even greater things to come.
⁄×⁄   http://www.allaboutjazz.com/⁄×⁄   Excerpt from 1976 interview with Seifert by Antoni Krupa:
A. Krupa: What do you think about records you made so far and which one satisfies you most?
Z. Seifert: “It is the record made in Europe in Germany for MPS. It is simply the record on which I placed all my musical dreams and desires from recent time. I m absolutely proud of this record.”
A. Krupa: It is titled...
Z. Seifert: Man of the light
A. Krupa: Who is playing on it with you?
Z. Seifert: Billy Hart (percussion), Cecil McBee (bass), Joachim Kuehn (acoustic piano) Jasper van Hoef (Yamaha keyboard)
Artist Biography by Scott Yanow
⁄×⁄   A masterful improviser who could have ranked at the top with Adam Makowicz and Michal Urbaniak, Zbigniew Seifert's early death robbed Poland of one of its top jazz artists. Seifert started on the violin when he was six and ten years later started doubling on alto sax. He studied violin at the University of Krakow, but when he started leading his own band in 1964, Seifert mostly played alto, showing off the influence of John Coltrane. When he was a member of Tomasz Stanko's very advanced quintet (1969–73), Seifert switched back to violin and largely gave up playing sax. He moved to Germany in 1973, was with Hans Koller's Free Sound from 1974–75 and freelanced (including with Joachim Kuhn). Seifert played at the Monterey Jazz Festival with John Lewis in 1976 and the following year recorded with Oregon. As a leader Seifert (who was affectionately known as Zbiggy) performed music that ranged from free jazz to fusion. Seifert recorded for Muza in 1969, Mood from 1974–76, MPS in 1976 and Capitol from 1977–78. He died of cancer at the age of 32. — Scott Yanow, All Music com
⁄×⁄   "Życie i twórczość Zbigniewa Seiferta. Man of the Light", Aneta Norek,  Wydawnictwo Musica Iagellonica, 2009 , cena: 45zł.
Jakub Lis, 2009–12–15 19:32:16
⁄×⁄   „Zbigniew Seifert należy do grona muzyków, dzięki którym o jazzie polskim mówi się w świecie tak wiele dobrego” —  te słowa Joachima Ernesta Berendta doskonale obrazują, jakim muzycznym fenomenem był Seifert.
⁄×⁄   W tym roku przypada 30. rocznica śmierci tego genialnego polskiego jazzmana. Niestety Seifert i jego muzyka pozostaje nadal zbyt mało znana szerszemu kręgu odbiorców. Zbigniew Seifert In Memoriam odbywający się w ramach tegorocznych 54. Krakowskich Zaduszek Jazzowych był doskonałą okazją do promowania tegoż artysty. W ramach festiwalu miała miejsce promocja książki Anety Norek: Życie i twórczość Zbigniewa Seiferta. Man of the Light.
⁄×⁄   Jest to pozycja, która stanowi pierwszą próbę szerokiego opracowania biografii artysty. Pozycja bezcenna, gdyż jest pierwszą książką w całości poświęconą Seifertowi. Autorce udała się rzecz niezwykła: na ponad 160 stronach przestawia w sposób rzetelny, ciekawy i wiarygodny, biografie jazzmana. Szczegółowy materiał dotyczący życia i twórczości Seiferta ma charakter faktograficzny. Książka składa się z pięciu rozdziałów przedstawiających w układzie chronologicznym życie i karierę muzyka od wczesnego dzieciństwa przez międzynarodową karierę aż do śmierci. Autorce udało się unikać podawania jedynie „suchych” faktów. Często przytacza wspomnienia osób mających bezpośredni kontakt z artystą ,dzięki czemu otrzymujemy lekturę nie tylko ciekawą ale i bardzo wiarygodną. Książka zaopatrzona jest w liczne fotografie, które Aneta Norek otrzymała zarówno od rodziny, jak i przyjaciół czy znajomych skrzypka. Poza licznymi zdjęciami mamy także sporą ilość dokumentów związanych z artystą. Książka została wydana w sposób bardzo staranny: twarda okładka, papier wysokiej jakości, liczne fotografie.
⁄×⁄   Dodatkowym atutem, poza przystępną ceną, jest suplement załączony do książki. Jest nim płyta CD, na której znajduje się dotąd nieznane nagranie Koncertu jazzowego na skrzypce, orkiestrę symfoniczną i grupę rytmiczną Zbigniewa Seiferta (w jego wykonaniu), które autorka odnalazła w archiwum NDR w Hamburgu. Poza koncertem na płycie odnajdziemy również wywiad z artystą przeprowadzony przez Antoniego Krupę na kilka miesięcy przed jego śmiercią. Książka stanowi doskonałą lekturę nie tylko dla wielbicieli talentu Seiferta, ale także dla każdego, komu muzyka jazzowa nie jest obca. Jest to również idealna pozycja dla tych, którzy chcą poznać muzyka „wpisującego się w poczet najwybitniejszych jazzmanów wszechczasów”. Polecam!
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