Marcin Wasilewski (b. 1975) is a Polish jazz pianist and composer who formed his trio in the early 1990s with Slawomir Kurkiewicz (double bass) and Michal Miskiewicz (drums). With each member still under the age of 40, the trio already boasts an impressive CV, having worked and recorded with Polish trumpet player Tomasz Stańko and French drummer Manu Katché between 2001 and 2008. Faithful (2011) is their third album as a trio for the ECM record label.
“Night Train To You” is the first of five new Wasilewski tunes here, described by the composer as “a motoric piece, a process.” At the outset three chords set up a pattern, “like a loop.” Time signatures progress from 6/8 to 11/8. A “very simple melody” takes us to a solo sequence for piano and drums, before the piece slows like a locomotive approaching a station, leading to a final section with improvisations around the chords heard in the open moments. ECM