Maciej Gołyźniak, drummer, composer and producer. Leader of jazz trio. His album “The Orchid” was released in 2020 as volume 85th in legendary and prestigious Polish Jazz series a division of Warner Music. The album, also released officially on german market by Warner Classic, is still one of the best selling records of the Polish Jazz series nowadays.
Album acclaimed multiple great reviews in polish and German music press, thus appreciated in Jazz Forum readers pool in multiple categories (electric band of the year, drummer of the year, album of the year etc).
From the very start of his career he has consciously worked out his individual language. He plays with a dark, warm and full sound; his extremely precise execution is grounded in excellent drumming technique. This individual manner of playing, combined with an exceptional sense of style, characterise his numerous record appearances, from pop to progressive rock and alternative music, to his own jazz trio. His high sensitivity is reflected in his subtle use of mood and colour. He now put all his abilities to the service of jazz, whose sound and stylistic idiom have been close to him for many years. It is out of those yearnings that “The Orchid” has been born, recorded with excellent Polish instrumentalists Robert Szydło and Łukasz Damrych.
On this album he appears as an eminently conscious and daring bandleader, but once behind his drum kit, he gives ground to his musical interlocutors. His passion and conceptualism can distinctly be heard on this nostalgic album. Maciej Gołyźniak Trio’s CD has been released as part of the world’s oldest jazz record series, “Polish Jazz” and one of only three recorded with drummers as bandleaders. Gołyźniak’s album thus joins the pantheon of recordings by the most outstanding Polish artists featured in this series: Stańko, Namysłowski and Komeda.
Outside the jazz music, Maciej is also considered on of the sought-after session drummers, workshop musician and tutor. His workshop tour called #goPractice under the Sonor flag, was one of the most popular music events in drumming community in Poland. His legacy and efforts brings multiple awards ( Personality of Drumming 2016 and 2018, Best Recording 2020), nominations and accolades through his career.
Maciej Golyzniak, who outside jazz is an acclaimed sideman ( ...) eludes the genre cliches and creates his own aesthetic (...) 38 minutes of shamelessly seductive music full of riffs ready to be put into a course „How to make the listener fall in love with you making sure they don’t harm themselves out of this love though”.
Adam Domagała, Jazz Forum 4,5 / 5
„The Orchid” is progressive, harmonically conservative, fierce and dilligently masculine. (...) Outstanding contemporary Polish jazz.
Przemo Urbaniak – Jazz Soul.pl – 4.5 / 5
Although everything here is well-known, well-grounded and time-tested, Golyzniak proves that in today’s Polish jazz it’s the rawness of means and simplicity that can constitute innovation. (...) Music shouldn’t be made for applause, but for emotion. Golyzniak does just that.
Marta Goluch - JazzPress.pl
Golyzniak in his jazz attire is as appealing and brilliant as in all others. (...) Without bluster or bravado, but with feeling, finesse and grace instead.
Marek Świrkowicz - Teraz Rock - 4 / 5
Having roamed the realms of pop, alternative pop and progressive rock Maciek Golyzniak this time speaks the complex language of jazz – and does it flawlessly!
Dionizy Piątkowski - Jazz.pl
“The Orchid” is an unconventional and remarkable album. Being a new chapter and a new beginning for the artist it’s already proven that he has taken the right path. It’s worth hearing for yourself.
Aleksandra Wojcińska - RockSerwis.pl - 8/10
Golyzniak made a bona fide jazz album, with references to the canon, but not scheming nor bleak. It’s Polish melancholy, Scandinavian reserve, American flare. With all it’s sonic intensity “The Orchid” is effortlessly playful – it’s obvious that this album stemmed from fascination and a thirst for adventure.
Łukasz Kamiński - Gazeta Wyborcza