A record that you might spend a week trying to pronounce, but one that will grab you right away with its sound! Arp Life stick strongly in their best clubby modes here – mixing the keyboards of their name with some sweet disco-styled rhythms, and the occasional female chorus vocal, in a style that's pretty great if you dig the dancefloor sounds coming from France, Germany, and Italy in the late 70s. Most tracks are instrumentals – the set includes solos on alto sax and harmonica at times – and the album was only ever issued as a cassette back in the 70s, which makes this version a great surprise. Titles include "Akwarele", "Papagayo", "Bam Bam Bam", "San Jose", "Klik Klak", "Slon I Mrowka", and "Tango Mundial". LP, Vinyl record album
An unusual set of Beatles covers – done by Polish jazz singer Ewa Bem, in a variety of styles that really vary from the originals! The approach here isn't just jazzy, but changes a fair bit from tune to tune – in a way that clearly plays with the originals, and which brings in a number of early 80s touches – some quirky, some more mellow and soulful. Most tracks have electric keyboards in the arrangements, and the album features versions of "I Will", "Here There & Everywhere", "Get Back", "Hard Day's Night", "Blackbird", "Here Comes The Sun", and "You're Going To Lose That Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
A collection of tunes recorded at Poland's legendary Jazz Jamboree festival in 1979! The best of these is the jazz groover "Carneval" – an upbeat, uptempo dancer handled by the Eje Thelin group with a tight and percussive edge. The track feels like a tasty MPS number from the early 70s – and is really the cut that we'd really recommend as the one to get the record for! Scott Hamilton's group plays two trad-ish tracks – "The Man I Love" and "Struttin With Some Barbeque" – and "Pec A Sec" is a Hank Mobley tune, done straight and soulfully by a quartet led by tenor player Gianni Basso, and featuring drums by Tullio De Piscopo. LP, Vinyl record album
Krzysztof Komeda with Bernt Rosengren —
Knife In Water ... 7-inch PolskieNagrania/Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (pic cover)...
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
Mira Kubasinska & Breakout —
Mira ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1971. Very Good- ...
Wonderful live work – and a lot more outside than some other volumes! The set features a searing trio track – "Umbrella Dance" – with Yosuke Yamashita on piano and Akira Sakata on alto – plus a side-long track titled "Planetarium", by a quartet with Guido Manusardi on piano and Pier Francesco Guidi on tenor and soprano sax! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Nurt ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1972. Very Good ...
These guys pack plenty of punch – a short tight groove that's equal parts prog rock and sound library funk! The set was actually recorded for Polish Radio, but never commercially released – and is almost what you'd get if you had a group like Yes going in to record a sound library set – jamming a lot, and working at their heaviest – yet in ways that are a bit different than commercial rock of the time! Vocals are in Polish throughout – and the focus here is most strongly on guitars, served up in wicked ways over heavy bass and drums – on titles that include "Holographic Phantom", "Who's Got The Time", "Sea Of Fire", and "Claustrophobia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and bent corners.)
Very nice stuff from Poland! Although the session seems to have a stock "after hours" feel, it's actually a pretty far-reaching batch of tracks that show all players coming together wonderfully to move way past the usual jam session feel! Just about the only player we recognize here is Zbignew Namyslowski – the great Coltrane-esque reed player – but the rest of the group is pretty darn hip, too, and they all appear to be dedicated modernists with a good mix of free and soulful styles. The record's got four long tracks – pretty darn out versions of Miles Davis' "So What" and "Solar", a mellow take on Horace Silver's "Peace", and a great original called "Neskim Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
A really dreamy little record from the Polish scene of the early 70s – a record that mixes jazzy solos, light strings, and almost a soundtrack-style of arrangements – all to make music with the kind of glow that would be right at home on late 60s A&M Records, or maybe like the Brazilian instrumental charts of artists like Osmar Milito or Deodato. The group's directed by Tadeusz Prejzner, but also features key solos by jazz musicians – including Tomasz Stanko on trumpet and Wlodzimierz Nahorny on flute, alto, and keyboards – and overall, the record has a vibe that's a lot like some of Nahorny's other records too – especially when he solos over larger charts in a really beautiful way. Two cuts have wordless female vocals that are mighty nice – and titles include "Zloty Plomyk", "Spacer Brzegiem Morza", "Mchy", "Twa Tratwa", "Trad", "Wedrowne Konstelacje", and "Moze By Nad Morze". CD
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from this Polish keyboardist – a set that has him stepping past the simple Hammond modes of his earlier years, and into a realm of much freer-flowing fusion! Sadowski still mostly plays Hammond on the set – but also a bit of Fender Rhodes and ring modulator as well – all on long tracks that feature soprano sax, flute, and lots of nicely stepping basslines. The style's often a bit more righteous than it is funky, and both sides come from different live performances in the mid 70s – the latter of which features some really cool vocal effects from Liliana Urbanska – in a hip grooving mode that's pretty great! Titles include "Syrinx", "Ten Nasz Zwyczanjny Swiat", "Sorcery", and "Suita Trzy Tysiace". CD features three bonus tracks too – "Trzy Tysiace", "Oleo", and "Ten Nasz Zwyczajny Swiat". CD
Very much in the mode of Stanko's recent work on ECM – as the Polish trumpter mixes his spacey lines with keyboards, bass, and home-made electronic instruments. Titles include "Lady Go", "Asmodeus", "Sunia", "Too Pee", and "Switzerland & Ha Ha Ha". 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". LP, Vinyl record album