Jazz in Polish Cinema box set release and EFG London Jazz Festival launch

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Jazz on Film Records has announced the release of a new box set, Jazz in Polish Cinema (Out of the Underground 1958-67), a collection of classic soundtracks by celebrated Polish film composers such as Krzysztof Komeda and Andrzej Trzasokowski, which will be available from November. Its release will be accompanied by a launch at the Barbican Cinema as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival on Saturday 15 November which will feature a screening of Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water (pictured above) and a live set from young Polish pianist Marcin Masecki who will offer his interpretation of the film’s soundtrack, another Komeda classic.

The box set, which also contains previously unreleased material and rare recordings by musicians such as Michał Urbaniak and trumpeters Tomasz Stańko, Don Cherry, comes with an 80-page illustrated booklet with annotations by Jazzwise writer Selwyn Harris and an introduction by Polish jazz writer and composer Adam Sławiński. It was supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London and follows the release of a critically acclaimed collection of French New Wave soundtracks that peaked at number five in Mojo Magazine’s best soundtrack CDs chart for 2013.

Fans of Polish jazz will also be interested in the festival programme at Jazz Café POSK in Hammersmith, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Among the highlights is a live set from revered violinist Urbaniak on Saturday 22 November and a tribute to the great guitarist and composer Jarek Smietana on 15 November featuring John Etheridge (click here for more info on both of these gigs). Celebrated Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko will also be appearing during the festival with a performance with his New York Quartet that features pianist David Virelles, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaverat the Barbican on 20 November.

– Thomas Rees

For more info go to www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk