Maciey Obara nominated for BMW JAZZ WELT AWARD 2019
The eleventh edition of the BMW Welt Jazz Award will celebrate the variety of “Saxophone Worlds”.
Maciej Obara is among six great saxophone players selected for this year's nominations together with Rudresh Mahanthappa, Céline Bonacina, Géraldine Laurent, Matthieu Bordenave, and Maria Faust!Maciej Obara Quartet with Dominik Wania on piano, Ole Morten Vagan on bass and Gard Nilssen on drums will perform the elimination concert in the double-cone concert hall of BMW Welt on Jan 27th.
Following all six nominees' concerts, an expert jury will select two ensembles to perform at the final concert held in the auditorium of the BMW Welt on May 4th 2019, where the winner of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 will be announced.
“This is a contemporary-jazz album of character and exhilarating drive.”
"The unobstructed sounds of Maciej Obara Quartet, a group with a strong talent to transform and adapt, oscillate extravagantly in mood, according to the emotional fragility or exhilarating imperiousness that might prevail.
It is, indeed, a wonderful ECM debut."
“When Obara does fire up the quartet, comparisons with Chris Potter's small ensembles aren't amiss. In more poetic, introspective mood there are shades of Andy Sheppard's less-is-more art. At other times Obara's yearning balladry conjures the restless spirit of Charles Lloyd. Such evocations, however, are fleeting, for Obara is, above all, an original voice. Nevertheless, Unloved makes the undemonstrative but confident claim that amongst such revered ranks Obara now deserves to be considered”.
All About Jazz
"Harking back to the label's 70. heyday, Unloved brims with mercurial lyricism, classical granduer, and free-roaming improvisation (..). Respecting and renewing ECM's time-honoured traditions, Obara slots effortlessly into the talent roster and should be a fixture for many years to come".
Jazz Journal UK
"Ruminative, deeply lyrical and impassioned, Unloved is the calling card of a significant musician whose star is on the rise."
All About Jazz
Unloved recording was also listed among
"excellent 2017 albums that deserve your attention" on The Big City blog.