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Maciek Hrybowicz - Single Review: Mr Ponsonby

17 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander

As far as introductions go, Poland-born composer and guitarist Maciek Hrybowicz has left quite the impression with this calling card.

Mr Ponsonby is taken from his 2019 album AWA, a collection of pieces inspired by the beauty of his adopted home land New Zealand.

As the title suggests, it references an afternoon spent driving around the suburb of Ponsonby in Auckland and captures the somewhat sophisticated (of course, that would be a matter of perception!!!), laid-back, cafe dynamic of the area.

Hrybowicz, who has honed his craft in multiple genres but most notably with jazz singer Carol Grimes, has a technique and style that’s evocative but understated.

Mr Ponsonby shuffles along at a gently brisk pace with precise and fluid guitar lines, a delicate flourish of horns, a woozy solo that never overplays itself and smooth shifts in time signatures.

It’s the kind of track I would have expected to have heard on Rattle Records, where, as a reference point, he would not be out of place as an artist.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Maciek Hrybowicz

Maciek is an eclectic Polish-born New Zealand guitarist who lives in Hamilton with his wife. He is currently writing his second solo album, as well as producing records for Kiwi artists and playing live music in and around Aotearoa. Maciek has performed at several jazz and blues music festivals in the very short time since his arrival to New Zealand from London, where he worked in the music business for many years.

Maciek’s performance at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival led to this quote from Sam Edwards of Waikato Times (23rd Feb 2015):

…delivering a virtuoso and musically informed lesson in guitar

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Maciek Hrybowicz

Releases

AWA
Year: 2019
Type: Album

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