Jacek Kochan

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A fine drummer, born in Poland, who settled in Canada, Jacek Kochan debuted in his adopted country with this excellent post-bop set. Kochan contributed eight of the nine compositions, utilizing a basic quintet (with Pat LaBarbera on tenor and soprano, Jean-Pierre Zanella on alto and soprano, pianist George McFetridge, and bassist Mike Downes) plus six guest musicians (playing four horns, cello, and bass) who fill out some of the ensemble. LaBarbera is easily the most famous player, and he has some of the most satisfying solos, but the musicianship and creative level overall is pretty high, despite the lack of name recognition.

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