Jazz ensemble EABS is doing its part to contribute to the resurgence of the genre. However, this group hails from Poland, not London, which has been the epicenter of experimentation of jazz melding with other forms. Its moniker is an abbreviation of Electro-Acoustic Beat Sessions and aptly describes this union of traditional jazz musicians with hip-hop producers.
Consisting of Marek Pędziwiatr (keyboards, vocals), a robust horn section of Olaf Węgier (tenor sax) and Jakub Kurek (trumpet), guitarist Wojto Monteur, rhythm section Paweł Stachowiak (bass and moog) and Marcin Rak (drums), you get a fairly standard jazz lineup. But add in Piotr Skorupski a.k.a. Spisek Jednego, responsible for scratch & samples, and the break with tradition becomes clear.
The septet’s first release was Repetitions (Letters To Krzysztof Komeda), an homage to the legendary Pollish composer, released in 2017. Its latest recording, Slavic Spirits, was issued earlier this year.