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KRIS GIETKOWSKI

Eclectic Prog • Poland


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Kris Gietkowski biography
Keyboardist Kris Gietkowski was born in Poland and now resides in the United Kingdom. His solo recording career started primarily as a cover artist, with particular attention to Canterburians, Egg. He also recorded covers of Atomic Rooster and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. In 2018 he recorded, Symmetric Communication, his first album of primarily original music with a single Egg cover. His original music has a definite nod to classic Canterbury and his latest digital releases can be found on Bandcamp.

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3.00 | 2 ratings
Songs From The First Album By Egg
2017
4.00 | 3 ratings
Symmetric Communication
2018
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Extraordinary
2019
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Four Appointments with Doctor Jam
2020

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Three Of A Kind
2017

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 Symmetric Communication by GIETKOWSKI, KRIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Symmetric Communication
Kris Gietkowski Eclectic Prog

Review by Soul2Create

4 stars 4.5 stars. Well this is simply wonderful and a real surprise. I have been always fascinated with Dave Stewart's compositions, and what we have here can be considered a lost Egg album that every Canterbury fan should hear. In fact, there is a bonus track called I'm afraid I can't do that Dave. Well, anyone can check that this is not true in the YouTube channel of Kris Gietkowski (named Kris G). Let's review track by track:

1. F(X) (8.5/10) - It starts with piano and soon transforms into a symphonic Canterbury piece, loaded with changes, rhythms, experimentation and melodies. Full Egg here. 2. A Visit To Newport Hospital (9/10) - A very accomplished instrumental cover of this classic. I admit I am biased here as this song is probably my favourite of the whole Canterbury scene. 3. Divided By Zero (9/10) - jazz-driven melodies everywhere that makes you wonder if this was composed back in 71-72. My absolute favourite here. 4. I'm afraid I can't do that Dave (9/10) - If there had to be a B-side to A visit to Newport hospital, should be this.

Highly recommended to all Canterbury and especially Dave Stewart fans (Egg Hatfield, National Health).

 Songs From The First Album By Egg by GIETKOWSKI, KRIS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Songs From The First Album By Egg
Kris Gietkowski Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Polish musician Kris GIETKOWSKI is a composer and musician that had been doing his own thing for some time when main man of Fruits de Mer Records Keith Jones stumbled upon his work and had a desire to release it on his label. This has lead to three releases on the sub-label Strange Fish so far, and the album "Songs From the First Album by Egg" from early 2017 is the first of those.

Like most releases from Fruits de Mer Records, this vinyl album release was just about sold out on pre-orders alone. Taking the shop and used market hunt will be needed for those who desire to track down this album, and I'd suggest fans of Egg as well as dedicated fans of vintage era progressive rock driven and dominated by the organ to be the ones to contemplate doing that. Especially those with a particular interest for bands with bass, drums and organ as the sole instruments used in such a context.

 Symmetric Communication by GIETKOWSKI, KRIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Symmetric Communication
Kris Gietkowski Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Strange Fish is a sub-label of Fruits de Mer Records, who release classic and obscure tracks, reinterpreted by artists who love them, along with new songs by bands that have their roots in the 60's/70's. Starnge Fish was launched to cater for releases that went beyond that remit, and here we have the second album from Kris Gietkowski on the label. Initially discovered through YouTube, Gietkowski had recorded instgrumental versions of most of Egg's debut album, and found it strange that anyone would want to release them! But, that's exactly what happened and the limited edition vinyl release sold out. As did the re-press.

Now he is back with his second album, with two of his own songs sandwiching Egg's "A Visit To Newport Hospital", and the result is forty minutes of music which makes one think that the last forty-fifty years just didn't happen. While the drumming is back at best, at least it is a real kit, but the highlight is the very dated and grunty organ sound being deployed. When I paid a visit to his YouTube channel I wasn't surprised at all to see some Atomic Rooster numbers up there. But, as well as driving through forcefully, there is also a delicacy in his arrangements with layered organ working well with some well-constructed basslines. This is Canterbury style music of the highest order, something that honestly does come across as a long-lost album as opposed to one being released in 2018. As well as the vinyl which is what expected from the label, this is also being made available in a limited edition CD which contains a bonus song not available on the album. The complete album can be heard through Kris's YouTube channel so why not search him out and give this a try, then order the album from FdM as if you are a fan of this style of music there really is no other choice.

Thanks to tapfret for the artist addition. and to kev rowland for the last updates

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