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AOTW: Feb 8 - 14: Krzysztof Komeda - Astigmatic


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Krzysztof Komeda - Astigmatic

Original Cover:


Power Bros Reissue Cover:



The Penguin Guide to Jazz pronounces that Astigamtic

'is not only the best Polish or European jazz records, but quite simply one of the best jazz records, full stop.'

Looking through the previous AOTW I saw that there were very few european jazz albums. So when I thought I a european jazz album I could nominate one album came to mind, Astigmatic. (well if you exclude free jazz, I was going to pick Peter Brotzmann's Machine Gun, but decided against it)

I agree with the comments in the Penguin Guide, this simply a superb album. An album that I would recommend as highly as Kind of Blue or A Love Supreme.

The Quartet features Krzysztof Komeda (piano), Tomasz Stanko (trumpet), Zbigneiw Namyslowski (alto sax), Gunter Lenz (double bass), Rune Carlsson (drums).

I will try to write a full review when the actual week starts.

I look forward to hearing other people's opinion on this fine album.



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The "Volume 5" is because it was released in a series of CDs from Power Bros. Don't confuse it with vol. 10, Astigmatic in Concert, which is a (I gather very poorly-recorded) live gig from Copenhagen with a rather different band.

I got my copy with no trouble from North Country/Cadence. They were asking $16 for it, a little better than Jazz Loft.

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All the CD reissues of "Astigmatic":

1989 - Polskie Nagrania PNCD 026 "Polish Jazz, Vol. 3: Krzysztof Komeda" (With eight additional tracks)


1994 - Power Bros Records PB 00125 Krzysztof Komeda Quintet "Astigmatic"


1998 - Polonia Records CD 158 "The Complete Recordings of Krzysztof Komeda, Vol.20 - Astigmatic"


1998 - Power Bros Records PB 00163 Krzysztof Komeda "Astigmatic" (With multimedia filmed interview of Zofia Komeda)


2000 - Polonia Records / JVR Komeda "Astigmatic"


2001 - Polskie Nagrania PNCD 536 Komeda Quintet "Astigmatic" (Original Cover)


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pity you didn't post your review Geoff. Can we still have it please!

another thing: did you tap a shoulder for the next week? if not: I believe undergroundagent is waiting.

Sorry about not getting to the review.

I have my university exam tommorow!

So I've been studying pretty hard.

I'm not sure who to pick for the next week, so I'll think I'll choose 'undergroundagent' since he has already started a thread.

A report will follow after my exam!

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I've had this on order from Crazy Jazz since before Xmas. The owner there says its proving hard to get hold of at present.

Hey Bev,

A Local Store in Sydney, Australia has al ot of Astigmatic in stock.

Birdland Records www.birdland.com.au

You can buy a copy here.

Even after postage it may work out cheaper than buying it as an import.

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