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GHOST MUSIC - Jan Kopinski - CD 1998
ASC Records ASC CD19

JAN KOPINSKI tenor / alto / soprano saxophones / programs
STEVE ILIFFE keyboards / programs
STEFAN KOPINSKI basses / programs
JANINA KOPINSKA viola

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After several years recording with PZ, GHOST MUSIC includes music that he wrote for visual imagery, film and commissions. This CD is Jan’s most personal recording with a closed mic sound and a slower vibe. It also includes his son Stefan who was instrumental in the programming and composed Spook. He also plays in PZ. Janina, (Jan’s daughter) is a professional viola player, and there is a strong feeling of empathy throughout. Jan incorporates elements of Eastern European influences in many of the compositions (eg House, Station), but it is the strong identity of the sax sound which prevails.

THE GUARDIAN
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...The music mostly takes Kopinski's ghostly Ayler-like sound at a trance-like walk, and at times it sounds like Headhunters meets free-improvisation. Terrific.

Hi-Fi News & Record Review
...Ghost Music will convince doubters that Kopinski is one of Britain's few authentic voices on saxophone. Unfussy yet ambivalent, this music speaks a unique, pungent emotionalism.

The WIRE
...Though this is a predominantly lyrical album, the emotional intensity and instrumental power of his work with PZ is retained. Music with this combination of earnestness, expertise and passion is a rare breed indeed. Snap it up.

JAZZWISE
....the textures resulting from kopinski's saxes slowly unfurling over hypnotic backing, especially when mixed with viola, are intriguingly original and demand to be heard.


“Ghost Music will convince doubters that Kopinski is one of Britain's few authentic voices on saxophone” - Hi-Fi News & Record Review

“Kopinski's tenor has never sounded quite so polished an gorgeous”
- The Wire

 

MIRRORS - Jan Kopinski's Reflektor -2010
33 Records JSLCD005

JAN KOPINSKI tenor / alto saxophones
STEVE ILIFFE piano

MELANIE PAPPENHEIM voice
STEFAN KOPINSKI bass
JANINA KOPINSKA viola

PATRICK ILLINGWORTH drums

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Mirrors - Jan Kopinski's Reflektor

1. Mirrors (listen to extract)
2.
Folk House (listen to FULL TRACK)
3.
Church Cow (listen to extract)
4.
River
5.
Palace of Culture
6.
Rotunda
7.
The Great Bear
8.
Cornfield
9.
Family Song

This is Jan's exciting new CD of the music to his long term project of exploration of music, images and mindscapes. He was commissioned by Opera North Projects to develop Mirrors, a mixed-media project combining music and visual imagery, with his collective outfit Reflektor (who specialise in works linked to projected visuals). Collaborating with video artist Jim Boxall (Joy of Box) in live performances of the work, using visual footage that Kopinski has collected over 20 yrs of visiting Poland, Mirrors uses jazz and improvisation to create a highly personal reflection on themes of displacement, loss, identity, belonging and diffused memory. The darkly atmospheric suite-like piece is inspired by folk, religious, jazz and contemporary Polish music.

Whilst Mirrors is determinately based on Polish impressions, it is not a travelogue and transcends the particular to explore those moments of hovering reality, in and out of sleep, when emotions, fears, nostalgia and sentiment speak very clearly. In the sleeve notes the composer speaks of his attempts to connect with the stories and cultural roots of his ancestors as ‘those experiences that we all discover when searching for bonds with people we perhaps never had relations with but know so well. In my case, it became a much more empathetic understanding of situations and emotional charges when I started to visit Poland. It is so personal and yet, like reflections, removed and not touchable’.

Mirrors is a passionate and exhilarating cross-genre musical journey, a dreamscape bound up with personal history and intimate present connections on which he is joined by family members viola-playing daughter Janina Kopinska and bassist son Stefan Kopinski, long-time collaborators and Pinski Zoo members Steve Iliffe on piano and Patrick Illingworth on drums, plus the haunting wistful vocals of Melanie Pappenheim.

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AFTER IMAGE- Pinski Zoo- 2006
SLAM Productions SLAM CD 255

JAN KOPINSKI tenor / alto saxophones
STEVE ILIFFE keyboards
KARL BINGHAM bass
STEFAN KOPINSKI bass
STEVE HARRIS drums

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PINSKI ZOO - Celebrate 25 years of kicking down the barriers and sticking doggedly out for individualism with a new album - "AFTER IMAGE" - this new double cd is a collection of live tracks from tours between 2003 - 2005.
PINSKI ZOO- feel with more interest in music outside the box, it’s the right time to put out a comprehensive live album which catches the band in full flow and hear the originators at work. -2 cd's with over 2hours of the most representative and original versions of the band. A twin bass rhythm section and no holds barred playing.
PINSKI ZOO -The true UK originals of free funk or power fusion…..call it what you like this cult-like band are almost impossible to categorize - they swing from virtuosic jazz to gritty funk with freedom and movement, veering into leftfield territory and snap back into grand melody without blinking. A highly potent and controversial force on the late 80’s /90’s UK jazz scene with a unique fusion sound, they foreshadowed later styles, and were linked with harmolodic outfits, such as Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time.

PINSKI ZOO After Image. Slam CD 266 147m:24secs (2 discs)

 

B B C M U S I C M A G A Z I N E
PINSKI ZOO:exciting, danceable and darkly atmospheric.With its members involved in extracurricular projects, Pinski Zoo hasn’t released an album since the stunning De-Icer, captured live in 1993. After Image, drawn from concerts across England between 2002 and 2005, has been worth the wait.
The classic quartet has for some while been augmented by Kopinski junior on additional bass. He and Bingham constitute a sharp, well-focused unit, threading lines of clarity and strength through the band’s crowded, swirling, polytonal canvas.
PZ is still uncategorisable (I’d plump for post-punk-funk-harmolodicism if pressed), still uniquely exciting, danceable and darkly atmospheric, still powers irresistible pulses without stooping to tediously inflexible beats, still conjures nebulous, magical, mysterious soundscapes from forbidding ranks of hardware, still enchants with tender melodies plucked from the rowdiest melee...Jan Kopinski’s saxes as gorgeous and passionate as ever.
PERFORMANCE *****
SOUND *****

www.allabout jazz.com Pinski Zoo, by contrast, made no concessions to the broader marketplace...or to anything at all. They served up a raw, unfiltered mix of John Coltrane and Albert Ayler-inspired tenor saxophone improvisations and rough-sex funk. And they peeled the socks clean off your feet.
The performances are as thrilling and unpredictable as any on the band's early-'80s breakout recordings. Utterly faithful to their original, post-Coltrane route to the jazz/funk shotgun marriage, Kopinski and Iliffe's playing is as shocking and in-your-face as it was back when they were freshmen.........
Pinski Zoo are still out there and still on cracking form. Organic, no-surrender, spiritually uplifting music, After Image is probably the best album the band has released to date. After 25 years at the barricades, that's an astonishing achievement.CHRIS MAY (August 2006)


JAZZ REVIEW
Pinski Zoo have been playing their own concoction of post-Coltrane, post-Prime Time and post-Albert Ayler abstract funk since the early 1980s. This two-CD anthology pulls together material from live gigs, recorded over a three year span, into a sort of idealized Pinski Zoo performance. Tenor man Jan Kopinski and keyboard player Steve Iliff were in the group’s original incarnation, while Bingham and Harris joined in the mid-80s. Add Stefan Kopinski on electric bass and the basic group aesthetic is unchanged. Pinski Zoo is bigger than any single member.

EARTH - Jan Kopinski - 2004
SLAM Productions SLAM CD 255

JAN KOPINSKI tenor / alto / soprano saxophones
STEVE ILIFFE keyboards
STEFAN KOPINSKI basses
JANINA KOPINSKA viola

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Music from Jan Kopinski's live soundtrack to Oleksandr Dovzhenko's classic silent masterpiece from 1930 of life and death in in a Ukrainian village amid the upheavals of Soviet collectivisation.The lingering melodies and gentle improvisations reflect the struggles and eventual hope of this remarkeable film.Featuring the same line-up from GHOST MUSIC,this is an acoustic album with the main themes and melodies from the original music specially commissioned by Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, plus extra tracks inspired by the time and place.

Jazz at Ronnie Scott's, issue 149 The visual poetry and moving emotional content of the film's potrayal of a Ukrainian community living through what was the Soviet collectivisation project, is perfectly conveyed by Kopinski's multi-textured saxophone sound, which runs the emotional gamut from rhapsodic, almost Lloyd-like, warbling to gutsy passion. Steve Iliffe's eloquent, lyrical piano, and occasional contributions from Janina Kopinska's viola and Stefan Kopinski's bass complement the leader's brooding skirling beautifully, and the whole album, even without the film it illustrates, is a deeply moving and intensely personal statement from one of the UK's most instantly identifiable saxophonists.

CADENCE
EARTH is something completely different, a soundtrack written by saxophonist Jan Kopinski for the old silent Soviet film classic, Earth. I wasn’t able to find a copy of the film to check how the music matched the visuals but even without the film you can hear the narrative progression in this music , going through phases of sadness, mourning, determination, and hope. The score is performed by a chamber group with Kopinski’s saxophone first emulating the spirituality of John Coltrane then moving on to the simple folk-based beauty of Albert Ayler. His soulful cries are underpinned by Steve Iliffe’s weighty piano and the viola and bass strengthen the body of the work. It would be interesting to see how this music enhances the film, but even without that it is impressive work.

JAZZWISE CD Review
Pinski Zoo goes to the movies… There are various paradoxes within Kopinski's music; he evokes Slav folk music, melancholic and lost to an irrecoverable past, but Iliffe's broken chords also reflect the equally lost world of discordant modernism that this brave new era of revolutionary cinema was going to usher in. There are moments of lyricism but essentially there is a hushed chamber music feel throughout, with Kopinski close-miked and intense; even moments of release, like the joyous funeral, are underlined with a sense of tears that pervades the whole composition.


CODA
It’s music of great pathos and beauty, clearly fuelled by both the film’s grandeur and by the painful historical ironies of its propaganda component. Kopinski is joined here by his children, violist Janina Kopinska and bassist Stefan Kopinski, and pianist Steve Iliffe. From the outset there’s a lovely convergence of materials and approaches, the Eastern European-flavored opening theme gradually giving way to Kopinski’s Trane-like flutters. At times it almost feels like litany.... Even without the film, this is music that swims in history, somber and richly allusive. It’s a worthy addition to the genre.

 

ZONE K - Kopinski & Konikiewicz - 2003
SLAM Productions SLAM CD 252

JAN KOPINSKI tenor / alto saxophones
WOJCIECH KONIKIEWICZ grand piano / keyboards
STEVE HARRIS drums

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A meeting of minds and memories. Jan and Wojtek first met in Poland whilst touring and recording with Pinski Zoo. (See Live in Warsaw). Followed by a UK tour with PZ Wojtek continues his musical career in Poland, where Jan has joined him on several occasions for tours and research projects over there. A succesful UK touri in 2002 led to the release of ZONE K , live recordings in Nottingham Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gainsborough. There is a sort of GHOST MUSIC meets PINSKI ZOO feel about the album, regular PZ drummer Steve Harris completes the trio. Open, and spacious , the music has those elements of freewheeling passionate playing and an intriguing folksy piano solo in the middle.

JAZZ REVIEW
K and K go back two decades. They re-cemented their musical partnership with a tour during the saxophonist’s sabbatical from his venerable band, Pinski Zoo. This album draws on three of those gigs.... Kopinski is in spellbindingly authoritative form here.

"...Kopinski's raw, spookily hollow and haunting saxophone sound, with plenty of off-the-wall grooving too.....this is music of character and bite."


DE-ICER, LIVE RECORDINGS FROM UK, AUSTRIA & NEW YORK _ Pinski Zoo - 1993
Slam Productions SLAM CD 206

AN KOPINSKI tenor / alto sax / feedback
STEVE ILIFFE synthesizer & samples
KARL BINGHAM electric bass
STEVE HARRIS drums

 

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Tracks 1-4 recorded in Austria at the Wiesen Jazz Festival.
Track 5 recorded at the Knitting Factory , New York.
Tracks 6-10 recorded at The Mill Banbury ,UK.

The band wanted a live album which they hadn’t set out specifically to record, and had got the edginess and intensity of sounds that get smoothed out in the studios - They got it! Distortion and all. In fact, Pinski Zoo’s studio recordings are done in “live” takes with little or no overdubbing if there are parts the band didn’t like they'd do another take. Incidentally, Dust Bowl and WhiteOut are variations of the same track, the venue always seemed to change this number drastically. Nathan’s Song and Bouncing Mirror were always favourites at this time.

“…good enough to make you want to burn down the disco” - Hi-Fi News And Record Review

 


EAST RAIL EAST -Pinski Zoo- 1991
JAZZ CAFÉ RECORDS
JCR CD 904

JAN KOPINSKI tenor / alto / soprano saxophones
STEVE ILIFFE keyboards
KARL WESLEY BINGHAM electric bass
STEVE HARRIS drums

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Previously released on vinyl JCR LP 904 Tracks 1 -12

This is the second CD we recorded for the famous original Jazz Café in London. The band aimed for short tracks to see how they could pack a lot into the album and concentrate the compositional side of the music. This was released about the same time that the Pinski Zoo were awarded the Best Band (small group category) at the British International Jazz Awards 91 at the Midem Festival, a boozy do in Cannes!


“…densely poised cyberfunk wail” - Voted No 4 out of 50 in the critics choice of The Wire.

 


RARE BREEDS - Pinski Zoo- 1989
JAZZ CAFÉ RECORDS
JCR CD903



JAN KOPINSKI tenor / soprano / alto saxophones
STEVE ILIFFE keyboards
KARL WESLEY BINGHAM electric bass
TIM BULLOCK drums (trks 1 - 10)
FRANK TONTOH drums (trk 11)
STEVE HARRIS drums (trk 12)

 
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Previously released on vinyl PINS LP 006 (tracks 1-10) Track 10&5 also released as a vinyl single.

Rare Breeds was recorded on Dug Out Records initially as an LP. Jon Dabner’s Jazz Café Records, which was a main venue and vital to the jazz scene in London, then released the CD version with extra tracks as one of their first releases (as well as putting out Sweet Automatic as a single).
A changeover of drummers between the LP and CD versions is noticeable with Steve Harris recording for the first time with Pinski Zoo, a live version of Duel in the sun at Hackney Empire.

“Classic Recordings…Energetic, Pugnacious grooves from Mutant Disco to Miles Davis, with an Albert Ayler tenor" - ‘JAZZ’ by John Fordham

 


LIVE IN WARSAW - Pinski Zoo- 1987
POLJAZZ RECORDS LP
(vinyl)

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JAN KOPINSKI tenor / soprano / alto saxophones
STEVE ILIFFE keyboards
KARL WESLEY BINGHAM electric bass
ANIRUDDHA DAS percussion
WOJCHIECH KONIKIEWICZ keyboards
TIM BULLOCK drums


This is an elusive vinyl album produced in Poland when through Jan’s Polish connections, PZ played at The Club Hybrydy, during The Warsaw Jazz Jamboree in 1985. This Polish Jazz Festival was a major European Jazz Festival, and western countries (particularly the US) were keen to spend money sending their artists into an Eastern bloc country. PZ however weren’t supported in this way and the record was part of a way of putting something back to the musicians. Unfortunately, the LPs never arrived in the UK, but you can still get them on the net. Wojciech and Jan also play with Steve Harris in a trio (see Zone K) which toured UK in 2002. Aniruddha later founded and led Asian Dub Foundation and is now Dr Das.



SPEAK - Pinski Zoo - 1984
DUG-OUT RECORDS LP PINS 005
(vinyl)
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JAN KOPINSKI tenor / soprano / alto saxophones
STEVE ILIFFE electric grand piano
NICK DOYNE-DITMAS electric bass
TIM BULLOCK drums


1. Blue Jam in Paris
2. Awkward Companions
3. Jump Out the Water
4. Speak (If You Can)
5. Snakes Like Frogs
6. Beach Burns
7. Don’t Dig The Grave
8. Frogs Like Flies

Recorded after touring in France (Blue Jam….. a 3 hour traffic jam and a Paris metro strike on the way to the New Morning jazz club). Nick joined Jan and the band, not only on French tours, but on their first tour to Poland in 1985. Several of the compositions were composed or improvised in the studio.



THE CITY CAN’T HAVE IT BACK - Pinski Zoo - 1982
DUG-OUT RECORDS LP PINS 003
(vinyl)
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JAN KOPINSKI tenor / alto / soprano saxophones / percussion
STEVE ILIFFE electric grand piano / voice
TIM BULLOCK drums
KASIMIR KARL BINGHAM electric bass / voice
TIM NOLAN electric bass
MICK NOLAN electric guitar / percussion


1. Stefan at the Window
(listen to excerpt)
2. See-shine for Karl
3. Put Your Ghost Shirt On
4. The Human Bookmark
5. The Trane Passed by Too Quick (dedication)
7. This Juice is Hard
8. Ojciec, Córka, (to Mr P.O.)

Track 8 also released as vinyl single PINS 004 1983.

PZ’s 3rd LP, Jan and Steve were still experimenting with the rhythmic sound of the group. This was the first time that PZ used 2 bassists, something which they still incorporate today. The LP has a heavily textured sound with the final track sounding almost lush. The Trane dedication is a rare chance to hear some earlier soloing from Jan on tenor and alto, duetting with Tim on kit, moving into a more central role.



THE DIZZY DANCE RECORD - Pinski Zoo - 1982
DUG-OUT RECORDS Mini LP PINS 002 (vinyl)


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JAN KOPINSKI tenor / soprano saxophones / voice
STEVE ILIFFE electric grand piano / harmonium
TIM BULLOCK drums
TIM NOLAN bass
MICK NOLAN percussion


1. It’s a Monster Steve
2. Spasm and Split
3. Dizzy Dance
4. Erase My Memory

For this 12” mini LP, Jan collaborated with famous Dub producer, Adrian Sherwood, who produced it at Berry street Studios. Dizzy Dance is about trying to hear many harmonies and rhythms as if they were crossing the street at once and picking your way through it. Steve Iliffe’s use of the harmonium is an interesting clue to his later masterful use of sounds with keys and samplers in the 90’s.



INTRODUCE ME TO THE DOCTOR - Pinski Zoo
- 1981
DESPATCH RECORDS LP PATCH 0001/PINS001 (vinyl)


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JAN KOPINSKI tenor / soprano saxophones / percussion / voice
STEVE ILIFFE electric grand piano / harmonium
TIM BULLOCK drums
TIM NOLAN bass
MICK NOLAN congas / percussion / voice


1. Zawsze...Znowu
2. Stutter Strut
3. Here in My Zoo
4. Iron Lung
5. Walking With My Monkey

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