Jazz vocalist, composer and lyricist
Agnieszka Iwanska is a graduate of the Jazz Studies program at the
University of Katowice, Poland. Currently she is living in Chicago,
where she formed her own band. In collaboration with
keyboardist/composer Paul Scherer she recorded her debut album
All That I Am (2009).
Now she is back with her sophomore album Colors (2013). She
shares music with Paul Scherer (piano, keyboards, percussion), Cooke
Harvey (bass), and Paul Townsend (drums). Guest musicians are Dave
Schiff (sax, flute), Don Schiff (ns stick), Freddie Franken
(guitar), Dan Graper (guitar), and Bob Kase (flugelhorn).
I confess that vocal jazz is not for everyone. However, the
accompanying musicians are playing at such a high level that even
instrumentalists will enjoy this album. Moreover Agnieszka merges
with her musicians to form a unit. So melt all caveats after the
Desert Wind is a song whose harmony captures immediately.
Obviously keyboardist Paul Scherer is influenced by the synth
harmonies of James Harris and Terry Lewis and that does the song
apparently well. Singer Agnieszka Iwanska adds her poetry gently
into the harmony and makes it to a work of art.
On Colors she follows the vibrations of Grace Jones. With a
pinch of organ and Freddie Franken on guitar the song is going. On
Sky it takes a little longer to become friends with the
song, finally the professionalism of the musicians is essential. For
Inspiration, the sonority of the instruments in addition to
the melody is what wins through.
Paul Scherer, who found his passion in the past with albums like
Nitemusik or Cosmik Kiss in the New Age genre,
provides on Peace a jazzy framework, in which Agnieszka
fits perfectly. The next tune Love is a good platform for
Dave Schiff, who shines equally on flute and sax. The album is
completed with the songs Mom and Better, that give
musical expression of melancholy.
The album contains several songs, which were already published on the
All That I Am. However,
it would be wrong to describe Colors as the second
attempt. Singer Agnieszka Iwanska describes her style as jazz
and soul and thus raises false expectations. Modern Pop is perhaps
more appropriate to the performed music. The duo from Chicago has to
create consequently its own market.
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Genre: Smooth Jazz
01 Desert Wind [5:50]
02 Colors [3:36]
03 Sky [5:42]
04 Inspiration [4:06]
05 Peace [4:54]
06 Love [4:17]
07 Mom [5:42]
08 Better [6:41]