Extra Ball —
Go Ahead ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1979. Very Good+ ....
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
Czeslaw Gladkowski & Krzysztof Zgarja —
Alter Ego ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1974. Near Mint- ....
Hip duets between Gladkowski's bass and Zgraja's flute! LP, Vinyl record album
Rare non-MPS work from this groovy leader – a sweet Polish live date, with versions of "Spanish", "Sunflower Chant", and "Blues In My Shoes"! Gustav Brom is great too – on titles that include "Who Can I Turn To", "Prilezitestne Blues", and "Misty". LP, Vinyl record album
Great live work from these important Polish modernists! LP, Vinyl record album
(Notes on label entirely in Russian – just so you know! Cover has some light wear.)
Charles Mingus, Bosko Petrovic, & Others —
Jazz Jamboree 72 ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1972. Near Mint- ....
A wealth of excellent jazz – from both sides of the Iron Curtain! The album was issued on the occasion of the 1972 Jazz Jamboree Festival in Poland – and it features some excellent live recordings made at the event. Mingus plays a very out there number called "Celia" – recorded with Cat Anderson doing some surprising work on trumpet, plus Roy Brooks on drums, Bunny Bluiette on baritone sax, and John Russel Foster on piano. Even nicer are 2 tracks from the Kurt Edelhagen Big Band – a funky version of Gary McFarland's "Suburbia", with trumpet solo by Rich Kiefer, next to a moody take on Komeda's "Lullaby" from Rosemary's Baby. That tune's followed up by a sparkling version of "Days Of Wine & Roses", done by the quartet of Eastern European vibist Bosko Petrovic – and the set's rounded off by some wonderful, and wonderfully restrained, work by the Elvin Jones Quartet that included Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, and Gene Perla – on the tracks "Children's Merry Go Round" and "Yesterdays". 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
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
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
Quasimoto ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1979. Used ....
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70s Polish fusion at its finest, served up by the always-tight Laboratorium – a group who know when to jam at the right points, but who can also lay back into a spacier groove as well! This album does a good job of mixing in plenty of keyboards – Fender Rhodes and Arp, juxtaposed nicely next to some acoustic piano which rounds out the sound and gives the record a bit more of an earthy feel underneath. The guitars are nice too – never over the top, and following the spacier lead of the keys to create some expansive electric soundscapes as the set rolls on. Titles are a mix of very short and very long numbers – with titles that include "The Journey", "I'm Sorry I'm Not Driver", "Lady Rolland", "Quasimodo", and "An Icon". LP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best jazz work by Polish composer Komeda – all on one CD! The set's broken into 3 sections – the first of which features early trio work by Komeda, working in a fairly straight, but captivating format on titles that include "Get Out Of Town", "Stella By Starlight", and the original tunes "Fourth" and "Moja Ballada". Next up is some incredible soundtrack work – the score to Roman Polanski's film Knife In Water, featuring 4 off-beat modern tracks performed by Komeda's trio, with guest tenor by Bernt Rosengren. The set includes Komeda's classic "Crazy Girl", plus other original tracks "Typish Jazz", "Ballad For Bernt", and "Cherry". Last up, as kind of a bonus, is the classic 1965 album Astigmatic – one of the landmarks of European jazz in the 60s! The style is incredibly modernist, but with none of the over-indulgences that later plagued the Polish prog-oriented scene, and with none of the non-jazz influences that could stop a session like this dead in the water. Instead, the band grooves nicely throughout – on 3 long tracks all written by Komeda: "Astigmatic", "Kattorna", and "Svantetic". The quintet features 2 of Poland's other great jazz musicians – Tomasz Stanko and Zbigniew Namyslowski, the latter of whom is incredible on this session. 11 tracks in all. CD
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". LP, Vinyl record album
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". CD also features 6 more bonus tracks from Polish Radio performances a few years before – showing Nahorny in great small combo settings! CD
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
Very groovy vocal jazz from Poland – very much in the style of the best work by the Novi Singers! The group's led by the lovely Ewa Bem, but features harmonizing male voices behind her on many titles – set alongside lightly electric instrumentation that has lots of sweet breezy touches! There's a very playful feel to the tunes that's clearly inspired by the bossa vocals of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – but which also has some great electric Polish jazz 70s touches as well. Includes the great funky track "Kolorwe Lato", plus the tracks "Jajecznica", "Zawsze Mamy Siebie", "Podaruj Mi Troche Slonca", and "Nie Bojmy Sie Wiosny". LP, Vinyl record album
Solo piano work from Adam Makowicz – easily one of the greatest players on the European scene of the 70s, but a player who didn't always get his due – thanks to cooled east-west relations at the time! The record's got a fluid grace that easily puts Makowicz in the company of heavyweight contemporaries like Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, and Steve Kuhn – and like all 3 players in the 70s, his work on this set is a gently careful exploration of sound, space, and color – shifting sometimes into more traditional piano modes, but mostly in a subtly free 70s mode. Titles include "Passiflora", "Raz Tak Raz Nie", "Ballada Dla R", "Artysta Kabaretowy", "Opalizacja", and "Milowe Kroki", a nice take on "Giant Steps"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Polish pressing. Cover has some light wear on the edges.)
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