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Here’s something a bit special. This 7” of classic Polish jazz contains Krzysztof Komeda’s four themes from Roman Polanski’s debut feature film ‘The Knife In The Water’ - the two would later work together on ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ before Komeda’s tragic and untimely death. Also notable is the presence of influential Swedish trumpeter Bernt Rosengren.
As for the music, it’s lively melodic jazz on piano, trumpet, drums and double bass. In places, such as closer ‘Ballad for Bernt’, it’s laid back, smokey lounge jazz, but for the most part it’s fairly upbeat, with Rosengren’s trumpet taking centre stage with deft shapes and colours. The rhythm section is marvellously understated. This is top notch soundtrack jazz and historically interesting too. That Finders Keepers lot keep coming up with the goods.
9/10 Yair Y Customer review, 20th July 2013
Komeda's soundtracks are just the perfect fit for Polanski's film. He knew how to build the perfect tension needed, without making you feel threatened by what's about to come. It's just a constant tension that builds and builds and doesn't reach the peak, and then, the movie end. His work in Cul De Sac is phenomenal and Knife In The Water is brilliant as well.
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