The Warsaw Voice » Culture » Monthly - October 30, 2002
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Tonal Awareness
The atmosphere at Kongresowa Hall during the JVC Jazz Jamboree 2002 was generally marked by the sounds of the guitar.

The festival featured an enormous diversity of contemporary guitar work. One had a chance to listen to Ron Carter's slinky bass or John Scofield, who draws inspiration from funk and modern dance rhythms. Bill Frisell's performance fused blues, country and jazz, and Pat Martino enchanted the audience with his virtuosity. The final concert featured a Jim Hall and Charlie Haden acoustic duet.

Polish musicians also showed off their capabilities. Pianist Bogdan Hołownia played popular pre-World War ll songs, and vocalist Anna Maria Jopek's performance was on a high artistic level. The young pianist, Sławomir Jaskułke, proved he is a jazz talent.

The JVC Jazz Jamboree was not free from controversial performances. By far the strongest emotions were evoked by Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, whose odd melodic scales clearly did not please the entire audience. This year's JVC Jazz Jamboree 2002 appropriately closed this year's jazz season, and won't be forgotten soon.