Drummer-composer Jacek Kochan’s Filing The Profile is a perfect showcase for the high energy playing of George Garzone.
Jacek Kochan is a drummer who was born in Poland, spent time living and playing in New York and Canada, and returned to Europe in 1995. He has made a strong impression every place he performed, not just for his drumming but for his talents as a composer. Among the many artists who he has worked with are Oliver Jones, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Pat LaBarbera, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Gary Thomas, Joey Calderazzo and Eddie Henderson.
On Filing The Profile, Kochan contributed all eight compositions and arrangements, but otherwise is content to take a supportive role. The main soloist is the great tenor-saxophonist and educator George Garzone. Also taking many improvisations is pianist Dominik Wania while bassist Andrzej Swies joins Kochan in inspiring the soloists.
The music could be called inside/outside jazz in that it flows both over the chord changes (a la hard bop) and very freely (closer to the avant-garde). Garzone is perfect for this type of music, sometimes caressing the melodies but most often wailing with a great deal of passion. Wania has no difficulty keeping up, sometimes hinting at McCoy Tyner’s percussive style while at other times displaying his own musical personality and fresh ideas.
Jacek Kochan’s compositions prove to be fertile vehicles for the fiery post bop solos of Garzone and Wania. This mostly high energy set is consistently stimulating.