Founder of The Beat Freaks is a versatile guitarist Michał Starkiewicz, who has gained experience in many bands playing jazz, funk, blues and rock. The saxophonist and clarinetist Tomasz Licak and drummer Radek Wośko belong to a large group of young musicians who gained their musical scores in Denmark. The band is complemented by bassist Pawel Grzesiuk related, among others, with Adam Bałdych’s Up To Date band.
The beautiful cover of the fairytale landscape corresponds to the fictional history of “Leon Kokakiewicz – the bard of rapid industrial development.” It all looks attractive, introducing the listener into the world of the imagination of musicians.
And this is a rich addition – you can hear fascination with contemporary grooves, even in the opening composition Longing. The saxophone plays beautiful melodious stories here, against the background of delicate guitar chords, which at the end takes on the role of a solo instrument. In Ludowo we are dealing with the creative use of folklore, the effect resembles both Ornette Coleman’s rough beauty and Louis Sclavis’s folklore imaginaire.
In each composition there are some special tastes related to musical tradition, such as the Solaris saxophone theme may be associated with the nostalgia of Polish Jazz, and the guitar with the section in the later part of the track follows in the direction once set in the Bill Frisell’s trio. Oriented echoes the sound of Orient.
Most importantly, these associations only enrich the original offer from the band. The Beat Freaks are a group of technically skilled, and despite their young age, already experienced artists who have their own vision of their music. The album “Leon” contains accessible music, melodious, bustling with contemporary energy, appealing to many genres of music – rock, jazz, ethno, or even more ambitious pop.