Ian Wardenski Quintet – “Collective Thoughts” – Self Released
Ian Wardenski certainly has an impressive musical educational background. He began his studies at age 15 at the Creative Music Institute in Emmaus, PA. He continued at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA where he received a BA in Music. His Masters work in Music Theory was completed at Duquesne University in Pittsburg, PA. And to top it all off, he holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from Catholic University in Washington, DC. Putting all this education to work, Wardenski has released a straight-ahead jazz work that is part chamber music, part improvisational jazz. Now don’t let that description scare you into thinking this is not superior music. Because that is what it is, within the confines of traditional jazz. I found this work to be very melodic and yet, was surprised at the change ups and how the pace and tempo flowed along. I’d say Wardenski hit this nail right on the head.