Zbigniew Namyslowski —
Winobranie ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1973. Near Mint- ....
Avant modal jazz from Polish saxophonist Zbigniew Namyslowski – a name that's not easy to say, but which has been associated with some great music over the years! This early 70s session has Namyslowski really building on his earlier work with Krzysztof Komeda – taking the angular, modern style of the 60s, and forging it into the freer, more rhythmic mode of the post-Coltrane generation! The tracks on the set are long and pulsating – making strong use of the rhythm section to build things up, then rolling out with exploratory solos that push the envelope, yet still follow the overall groove of the set. Namyslowski himself is playing cello and piano in addition to his regular alto sax – and other instrumentation includes tenor sax, trombone, and bass clarinet. Titles include "Wine Feast", "Not Less Than Five Percent", "First Take", "Gogoszary", and "No Dough, No Kicks". LP, Vinyl record album
Way more than just a sweet beat – because everything about these grooves is great – a rich array of jazzy tracks from Polish reedman Jan Ptasyn Wroblewski, cut in a style that rivals the best European jazz sides of the late 60s – but also done with an occasional soundtrack vibe as well! The core combo is backed with some fuller orchestrations – but always in a way that just augments the sharp instrumentation from Jan and the other players – a lineup that also features some great piano, organ, and harpsichord – alongside bass, drums, and percussion! At times, there's a Verve 60s groovy feel to some of the backings – but the sharpness of the musical ideas really keeps things interesting – and Jan's one hell of a soulful player when he wants to be. Titles include "Jesien", "Bitwa O Grzede", "Dziewcynha Tanczaca", "Sweet Beat", "300 Kilometrow Przed Nami", and "Nie Pozaluje Pan". CD also features 14 more bonus tracks added to the original album – loads more vintage gems from the Polish Radio vaults, including "Trawa", "Tata Lata", "Tylko Spokoj", "Tango Nieforme", and "Stopniowanie". CD
Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski Quartet —
Flyin Lady ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1978. Near Mint- ....
A charming little 70s session from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – one of the greatest tenor stars of the Polish jazz scene of the 60s and 70s! Jan's got a style that's a bit like Stan Getz during the same time – warmly carved notes that are perfectly at home in easygoing tunes that allow Wroblewski to stretch out in a mode that's exploratory, yet never too out, and relaxed, but never too sleepy. The titles on the set are all nicely extended, giving Jan plenty of room to roam around – and the backing is by a quartet with guitar, bass, and drums – hitting a groove that's partly modal, and partly electric – almost a bit like that on Getz's Captain Marvel album, but a bit less freewheeling. Titles include "Flyin Lady", "Bossa Nostra", "Pastuszek Stomp", and "Why The Monkey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has one bumped corner, but the rest is great.)
Wlodzimierz Nahorny —
Jej Portret ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1970. Used ....
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A fantastic set from Polish jazz musician Wlodzimierz Nahorny – a player with a name that's certainly a mouthful, but one with talents who will also leave you breathless! Nahorny shines here on a number of different instruments – with solos on alto sax, flute, and piano – plus some cool harpsichord on one track too – all set to the sophisticated backings of Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, who was easily one of Poland's hipper arrangers of the time! The album's got a mix of jazz and orchestration's that's as hip as some of the late 60s CTI sessions – particularly during their years with A&M Records – or with a vibe that's a bit like some of the later Stan Getz projects on Verve, with all the cool, sophisticated touches that would imply! Tracks are all Polish numbers, done instrumentally – which makes for an especially fresh feel to the set – and titles include "Obok Nas", "Wlasnie Tego Dnia", "Jej Portret", "Taki Dzien", and "Mowity Mu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear and a small sticker in one corner.)
Kryzstof Komeda with Bernt Rosengren —
Knife In Water ... 7-inch PolskieNagrania/Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (pic cover)....
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A seminal moment in Polish jazz – and in the soundtrack career of Krzystof Komeda, too! The rare EP features reedman Bernt Rosengren working with Komeda's trio – laying down amazing music from the film Knife In Water – but in a live performance from the the 1961 Jazz Jamboree Festival, which gives the music a richer sound than the film performances! Rosengren is wonderful – playing in a style that's fluid, but with lots of sharp edges – and really taking off with rhythms from Komeda on piano, plus bass and drums – on titles that include "Cherry", "Ballad For Bernt", "Crazy Girl", and "Typish Jazz". 7-inch, Vinyl record
One of the best early recordings from this legendary European Jazz Festival – and a set that also features some amazing young work from the great John Tchicai – already making a big name for himself overseas! Side one features Tchicai on alto in a group put together by jazz critic Jorgen Leth – who doesn't play in the group himself, but has an ear excellent enough to also include Max Burel on baritone sax, Niels Bronsted on piano, Bjorn Alke on bass, and Rune Carlsson on drums. The two tracks on that side – "Blue Monk" and "Night In Tunisia" – feature great extended solos by Tchicai and Bruel – a player we only know from a few other records, but who reallys parkes here. The second half of the set features a group led by guitarist Igor Caplinsky – playing in a cool, breezy style alongside the tight sounds of a trio that features Wojciech Karolak on piano, Juliusz Sandecki on bass, and Andrzej Dabrowski on some mighty lively drums! The combo plays versions of "Out Of Nowhere" and "Moonlight In Vermont". CD
Extra Ball —
Go Ahead ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1979. Used ....
$9.99Out Of Stock
A strange name but an excellent group – one headed up by guitarist Jaroslaw Smietana, playing here with a free-flowing vibe we really like! The album's got kind of a modal approach to fusion overall – one that's never overly jamming, and more concerned with the rhythmic progression of the tracks – making it a super-appealing album to our groove-tuned ears. Instrumentation includes a fair bit of electric keys alongside the guitar lines, plus trumpet, trombone, and some nicely soaring reed work on tenor, soprano, and flute. There's a great structure to the album too, one that really keeps things fresh – as longer tracks are juxtaposed with shorter numbers that set the mood from tune to tune, making for a well-rounded album that has a tremendous amount of depth. Titles include "Krakowski Festiwal Jazzowy", "Go Ahead", "Naima", "Airport", "Sepia", "Gwiazdka Dla Ewy", "Current Business", and "A Tightrope Performance". LP, Vinyl record album
The set features two great live performances by Georgie Fame – "Try My World" and "Yeh Yeh" – plus an extended take on "Oleo" by the Manfred Schoof Quintet. Side one also features some trad titles by the Red Onion Jazz Band. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light tape traces on two edges.)
Tomasz Stanko —
Twet ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1974. Used ....
$33.99Out Of Stock
One of the best records we've ever heard from legendary Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko! Stanko first came to fame working with pianist Krzysztof Komeda during the 1960s – but this set captures Stanko stepping forth after Komeda's death, leading his own group in a spiritual session of freer jazz work – one that has echoes of some of the work on the British scene of the time, particularly some of John Surman's recordings. The tracks stretch out with a proud, almost majestic feel – building out of nothingness with strong percussion, spaciously-placed basslines, and bold statements by Stanko on trumpet – augmented by sharp-edged and soulful work on tenor and soprano sax from Tomasz Szukaski. There's a depth here that holds up throughout the set – making the album a key example of the genius on the Polish scene at the time – a genius which is only now beginning to get full appreciation around the globe! Tracks include "Mintuu Maria", "Twet", "Dark Awakening", and "Tibet". LP, Vinyl record album
Great vibes from Jerzy Milian – a player who was easily one of the hippest cats to handle a vibraphone on the European continent in the 70s – heard here in a host of rare recordings from Berlin! Jerzy's Polish, and most of his work was done for the PolskieNagrania label – but these tracks offer up a very different side of his talents than usual – some very cool, very groovy tunes that have a fantastic feel throughout – somewhere between late 60s Verve, hip Italian soundtracks, and some of the groovier projects on MPS – all reference points that really make this collection a treasure to our ears! All tunes were written and arranged by Milian – and many have a focus on the fuller ensemble instead of just his vibes – a very generous spirit to guide them. Titles include "Bagira", "Signor Cosmalino", "Wo Ist Die Socke", "Acht Und Dreizig", "Die Bunte Balkone", "Der Lustige Witwer", and "Mademoiselle Horror". CD