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✨✧ Czeslaw BartkowskiDrums Dream ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. Used ... $11.99
A drum-heavy set from Polish percussionist Czeslaw Bartkowski – mostly solo on most tracks, but with occasional accompaniment on trumpet, electric piano, and soprano sax on a few of the fuller numbers – plus some great funky big band arrangements at the end! The sound is often spare and moody, but also melodic – similar to some of Max Roach's solo percussion efforts – in that Bartkowski isn't too concerned with going too far out, or getting too free – just working drums and percussion within new modes in jazz! The last few tracks on the album flesh out the sound with fuller orchestrations from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – in a way that's almost funky at times – and other players on the record include Tomasz Szukalski, Tomasz Stanko, and Adam Makowicz. Titles include "Drums Dream", "FAO", "Druga Swobodna Etiuda", "Rozmowa Ze Sliwka Bez Pestek", "Good Times Bad Times", and "Lullaby For Tiny Chinamen". CD
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Czeslaw BartkowskiDrums Dream ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
A drum-heavy set from Polish percussionist Czeslaw Bartkowski – mostly solo on most tracks, but with occasional accompaniment on trumpet, electric piano, and soprano sax on a few of the fuller numbers – plus some great funky big band arrangements at the end! The sound is often spare and moody, but also melodic – similar to some of Max Roach's solo percussion efforts – in that Bartkowski isn't too concerned with going too far out, or getting too free – just working drums and percussion within new modes in jazz! The last few tracks on the album flesh out the sound with fuller orchestrations from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – in a way that's almost funky at times – and other players on the record include Tomasz Szukalski, Tomasz Stanko, and Adam Makowicz. Titles include "Drums Dream", "FAO", "Druga Swobodna Etiuda", "Rozmowa Ze Sliwka Bez Pestek", "Good Times Bad Times", and "Lullaby For Tiny Chinamen". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Drums Dream ... CD 11.99

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BreakoutKamienie ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy ... $11.99
A 70s classic by one of the greatest Polish groups of the time – the mighty Breakout, who work here in a nicely raw, nicely spare version of blues-inspired rock! The group's got plenty of Chicago influence on both the guitar and harmonica – but they never use those instruments in any way that's too slavish, and instead mix them with their own Polish lyrics in an evolved style that really recalls some of the hipper UK groups of this nature from the start of the 70s – particularly those who were pushing past the roots into their own sort of territory. Titles include "Pojde Prosto", "Spiekota", "Czulosc Niose Tobie", "Kamiene", and "Kolo Mego Okna". CD

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BreakoutKarate ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1972. New Copy ... $15.99
A smoking little album from this hip Polish combo of the early 70s – a group that may well boast some of the best rootsy guitar work on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain at the time! Breakout take plenty of lessons from American blues – and from the then-contemporary generation who were digging their influences – and used those roots to help deliver a wickedly heavy brew – part hard rock, part bluesy inflections – with some well-crafted guitar lines stepping right out front in the mix, and rumbling way down low to groove the album up from the bottom. Titles include "Noca Puka Ktos", "Takie Moje Miasto Jest", "Daje Ci Prog", "Jest Gdzies Taki Dom", and "Karate" – a great long jammer! CD

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BreakoutNa Drugim Brzegu Teczy ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1969. New Copy ... $15.99
The earliest album we've ever seen from Breakout – a Polish group who are already out to make a very strong mark in modern music! Part of their uniqueness here comes from their language and lyrics – which are a nice contrast to the English sung by so many other European hard rock groups of the time – but they've also got their own spin on the mix of jazz and blues elements that were taking place with some of the best UK acts in the late 60s – using the sax and flute of Wlodzimierz Nahorny in some really great ways, mixing it with the fuzzy guitar of leader Tadeusz Nalepa, who also sings and plays harmonica – and setting the whole thing to some really romping rhythms that almost get a bit funky at times. The set also features a bit of vocals from female singer Mira Kubasinska – and titles include "Masz Na To Czas", "Czy Mine Jeszcze Pamietasz", "Wolanie Przez Dunajec", "Poszlabym Za Toba", and "Gdzie Chcesz Isc". CD

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BreakoutNOL ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy ... $11.99
An album titled "niezidentyfikowany obiekt latajacy" – which is the Polish phrase for UFO – and a set that definitely has Breakout really soaring out into space on their own sort of energy! The group still have that mixture of hard rock and blues from the start, but there's also maybe some more freewheeling expression going on here – with a stronger use of organ, which spins out in strong lines, and opens up some jazzier elements in the music! The approach isn't really prog, although certainly echoes the tighter side of that genre – and the group features vocals from both Mira Kubasinska and Tadeusz Nalepa – on titles that include "Taki Wiatr", "Biel", "Gdzie Mnie Wioda", "Co To Za Czlowiek", "Sluchaj Rytmu", and "W Pochodzie Codziennosci". CD

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BreakoutZagiel Ziemi ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $11.99
Great work from Breakout – a group who really know how to make the best of their male and female singer – both of whom are pictured on the cover! Both Mira Kubasinska and Tadeusz Nalepa sung together on many previous albums by the group, but there seems to be even more vocal interplay between the pair here – including some trading of lines that works well with the bluesy currents in the music, which continue to get just the right kick from the bass and drums. Titles include "Ile Olimpiad", "Dlaczego Walcze", "Maraton", "W Tlumie Stadionu", and "To Nas Laczy". CD

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BreakoutZol ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $11.99
A compelling late 70s effort from the great Polish group Breakout – a set that still has the group sounding a lot more gritty than so many Anglo acts who started out in similar territory, but got very polished as the 80s approached! Instead, Breakout work here in a stark quartet format – with guitar, bass, and drums used in very inventive ways – still with the force of their blues-inspired hard rock roots, but really past more familiar modes – on surprisingly creative tunes that really make the best of vocals from Tadeusz Nalepa and Mira Kubasinska. Given the 1979 date, the whole thing's really out of time – maybe making the best use of the Iron Curtain to help prevent any too-commercial pressures of the period. Titles include "Idzie Wenus", "Ona Odeszla STad", "Co Tam Za Mgla", "W Cieniue Bluesa", and "Pozegnalny Blues". CD

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Complot Of SixComplot Of Six – Spisek Szesciu ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A groundbreaking Polish combo from the 70s – one with a name that makes them sound more like a revolutionary organization than a musical group – quite fitting, given the revolutionary style of their music! These guys use some elements from fusion – including guitar and Fender Rhodes – but they also stretch their sound out more in a way that seems inspired by avant spiritual jazz from the US – almost a post-Coltrane vibe that's different from the modern jazz territory explored by other Polish groups in years before! The leader of the group is Wlodzimierz Winski, who plays tenor and baritone sax – and other musicians include Zbigniew Czwojda on trumpet, Andrzej Pluszcz on guitar, Leszek Paszko on trombone, Adam Bielawski on drums, and Boguslaw Razik on both piano and Fender Rhodes. Titles include the side-long "Wizje" suite – plus "Amorphus", "Epitaphium", and "Pieprezem I Sola". LP, Vinyl record album

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Extra BallBirthday ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. New Copy ... $15.99
Spacious fusion from Extra Ball – one of Poland's best electric jazz ensembles of the late 70s, working here in a style that's dynamic, yet not as overly jamming as some of the group's rock-influenced contemporaries on the European scene! Leader of the group Jaroslaw Smietana plays guitar with a warmly chromatic mode – a sound that's somewhere in the vast space between Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny, and which seems able to traverse that distance with ease as the tunes roll on. Other instrumentation includes electric piano, bass, drums, and some especially great work on saxes from Andrzej Olejniczak – whose tone here really grounds the record and gives it its best soulful moments. Titles include "Maryna's Dance", "Birthday", "A Journey To The Mountains", "The Lucky Unlucky Man", "The Seven", and "Hengelo Almelo Deventer". CD
Also available Birthday ... LP 25.99

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Extra BallBirthday ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
Spacious fusion from Extra Ball – one of Poland's best electric jazz ensembles of the late 70s, working here in a style that's dynamic, yet not as overly jamming as some of the group's rock-influenced contemporaries on the European scene! Leader of the group Jaroslaw Smietana plays guitar with a warmly chromatic mode – a sound that's somewhere in the vast space between Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny, and which seems able to traverse that distance with ease as the tunes roll on. Other instrumentation includes electric piano, bass, drums, and some especially great work on saxes from Andrzej Olejniczak – whose tone here really grounds the record and gives it its best soulful moments. Titles include "Maryna's Dance", "Birthday", "A Journey To The Mountains", "The Lucky Unlucky Man", "The Seven", and "Hengelo Almelo Deventer". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Birthday ... CD 15.99

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Jazz CarriersCarry On ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A sweet electric combo from 70s Poland – one who move away from more familiar fusion modes of the Eastern European scene, to a style that's almost a reworked version of 60s soul jazz! The groove here feels like that end of 60s moment when reed players were trying to get a bit more electric – particularly players like Eddie Harris or Sonny Stitt – but the Jazz Carriers also have a richer sense of songwriting and musical ideas, and do way more here than just electrify the past. Instead, they make great use of the twin reeds of Henryk Miskiewicz on alto and Zbigniew Jaremiko on tenor and alto, alongside Fender Rhodes from Pawel Perlinski – used in ways that hint at modern moments, but still stay in soulful territory – thanks to the addition of congas and additional percussion next to the bass and drums. Titles include "Carrier's Blues", "Supplement", "Frytki", "Bezdroza", and "Carry On". LP, Vinyl record album

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Wojciech KaminskiOpen Piano – Polish Jazz Vol 66 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
A beautifully understated session from Polish pianist Wojciech Kaminski – one that's certainly focused strongly on his work on the keys, but which also features key contributions from other players as well! The style here is a mix of modes from various jazz generations – sometimes the gentle modernism of John Lewis, sometimes a trad jazz approach to the piano – couched in a group that features tenor, trumpet, alto, clarinet, and some especially nice guitar – played almost in a Jim Hall sort of style at times. Titles include "The Wika Rag", "Autumn Leaves", "Enter After Three", "The Daily Blues", "Jazz Me Blues", and "Blues For A Girl". CD
Also available Open Piano – Polish Jazz Vol 66 ... LP 28.99

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Wojciech KaminskiOpen Piano – Polish Jazz Vol 66 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A beautifully understated session from Polish pianist Wojciech Kaminski – one that's certainly focused strongly on his work on the keys, but which also features key contributions from other players as well! The style here is a mix of modes from various jazz generations – sometimes the gentle modernism of John Lewis, sometimes a trad jazz approach to the piano – couched in a group that features tenor, trumpet, alto, clarinet, and some especially nice guitar – played almost in a Jim Hall sort of style at times. Titles include "The Wika Rag", "Autumn Leaves", "Enter After Three", "The Daily Blues", "Jazz Me Blues", and "Blues For A Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Open Piano – Polish Jazz Vol 66 ... CD 16.99

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Mieczyslaw KoszReminiscence – Polish Jazz 25 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Wonderfully fluid work from Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Kosz – an artist who's clearly trained with the proficiency of a classical musician, but who's playing here with an open, swinging, jazz-based mode! There's a feel here that reminds us a bit of some of the French trio work of the time – playing that's exploratory, yet in a way that's never "out", but more concerned with the range of tones and colors open to the modern musician on the piano. Kosz' notes have an echoey, ringing tone that's extremely compelling – strong, but never overly done – and supported beautifully by some equally expressive playing by the other members of the trio. There's almost a Steve Kuhn-like grace to the set – which makes it a real winner in our book – and titles include "Reminiscence", "For You", "Fulfillment", and "Love Dream". CD
Also available Reminiscence – Polish Jazz 25 ... LP 25.99

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Mieczyslaw KoszReminiscence – Polish Jazz 25 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
Wonderfully fluid work from Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Kosz – an artist who's clearly trained with the proficiency of a classical musician, but who's playing here with an open, swinging, jazz-based mode! There's a feel here that reminds us a bit of some of the French trio work of the time – playing that's exploratory, yet in a way that's never "out", but more concerned with the range of tones and colors open to the modern musician on the piano. Kosz' notes have an echoey, ringing tone that's extremely compelling – strong, but never overly done – and supported beautifully by some equally expressive playing by the other members of the trio. There's almost a Steve Kuhn-like grace to the set – which makes it a real winner in our book – and titles include "Reminiscence", "For You", "Fulfillment", and "Love Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Reminiscence – Polish Jazz 25 ... CD 13.99

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Mira Kubasinska & BreakoutOgien ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. New Copy ... $11.99
A sweet solo album from Polish singer Mira Kubasinska – but one that still features plenty of contributions from Breakout – the heavy, fuzzy group in which she spent most of the 70s! Mira's more strongly in the lead than on the other records by that group, though – really soaring out with that strong voiced quality that almost made her Poland's answer to Grace Slick at the time – a singer with a very unique, very powerful approach – even quite different than most other Euro female rockers of the period. Breakout contribute a mix of bluesy and hard rock elements to the music – with lots of strong lead guitar from Tadeusz Nalepa, who also wrote the music – alongside harmonica, bass, and drums. Titles include "Nie Zapalaj Swiatla", "Masz To Dzis", "Na Dnie Mych Oczu", "Liscie Zabral Wiatr", and "Wielki Ogien". CD

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Andrzej Kurylewicz QuintetGo Right ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1963. New Copy ... $14.99
A beautiful bit of jazz from early 60s Poland – by one of the country's freshest modern jazz groups at the time! The record has a bold sound that's right in keeping with its title – strongly stepping off with a style that blends the soulful and the modern – in a mode that's a bit like the best early 60s work by Ted Curson or Booker Ervin! The group's led by trumpeter Andrzej Kurylewicz, and features some great tenor and flute work by Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – an under-acknowledged player with an incredible tone and angular approach to rhythm. The album's a delight throughout – filled with original tracks that sparkle and amaze, and really only the tip of the iceberg to an amazing legacy of Polish jazz in the 60s! Titles include "Yenom On", "Green Eyed Girl", "Go Right", "Obsession", "Nyamaland", and "So So". CD

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Adam MakowiczLive Embers – Polish Jazz 43 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
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"! CD

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Jerzy MilianBaazaar ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible record from Jerzy Milian – easily one of the hippest vibes players in Europe in the 60s, and a key member of the Polish jazz scene that also included Krzystof Komeda and Tomasz Stanko! The album's an extremely evocative session that features Milian's vibes and marimba mostly in a spare trio setting – stepping out with a highly chromatic tone that has echoes of Bobby Hutcherson's straighter Blue Note work of the 60s, but which also flows out with a unique sense of color and timing. A few tracks feature great wordless vocals from singer Ewa Wanat of the Novi Singers – drifting along with the tunes in a haunting way that has a bit of a soundtrack feel – and the album also features a bit of guest flute from Janusz Mych. Titles include "Bazar W Aszchabadzie", "Tempus Jazz 67", "Serial Rag", "Valse Ex Cathedra", and "My Favourite Band". CD
Also available Baazaar ... LP 28.99

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Jerzy MilianBaazaar ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
An incredible record from Jerzy Milian – easily one of the hippest vibes players in Europe in the 60s, and a key member of the Polish jazz scene that also included Krzystof Komeda and Tomasz Stanko! The album's an extremely evocative session that features Milian's vibes and marimba mostly in a spare trio setting – stepping out with a highly chromatic tone that has echoes of Bobby Hutcherson's straighter Blue Note work of the 60s, but which also flows out with a unique sense of color and timing. A few tracks feature great wordless vocals from singer Ewa Wanat of the Novi Singers – drifting along with the tunes in a haunting way that has a bit of a soundtrack feel – and the album also features a bit of guest flute from Janusz Mych. Titles include "Bazar W Aszchabadzie", "Tempus Jazz 67", "Serial Rag", "Valse Ex Cathedra", and "My Favourite Band". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Baazaar ... CD 13.99

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Janusz MuniakQuestion Mark ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the lesser-known players of the Polish jazz scene of the 70s – but a heck of a great saxophonist who stretches out nicely here in post-Coltrane freedom, but also manages to groove a bit too! The session has Janusz Muniak on both tenor and soprano sax – working with a quintet in styles that range from open and almost free, to more inside and tightly grooving, with a sweeter electric feel. Instrumentation in the group includes electric piano, guitar, bass, and drums – and the feel here is almost like some of the directions the Impulse Records scene of the 70s took their Coltrane inspiration when they electrified the rhythms, and tightened things up a bit. Titles include "Obertas", "Taniec Pawia", "Znak Zapytania", and "Przejazdzka Walcem". CD
Also available Question Mark ... LP 28.99

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Janusz MuniakQuestion Mark ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
One of the lesser-known players of the Polish jazz scene of the 70s – but a heck of a great saxophonist who stretches out nicely here in post-Coltrane freedom, but also manages to groove a bit too! The session has Janusz Muniak on both tenor and soprano sax – working with a quintet in styles that range from open and almost free, to more inside and tightly grooving, with a sweeter electric feel. Instrumentation in the group includes electric piano, guitar, bass, and drums – and the feel here is almost like some of the directions the Impulse Records scene of the 70s took their Coltrane inspiration when they electrified the rhythms, and tightened things up a bit. Titles include "Obertas", "Taniec Pawia", "Znak Zapytania", and "Przejazdzka Walcem". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Question Mark ... CD 13.99

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Zbigniew NamyslowskiPolish Jazz – Yes ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2015. New Copy ... $15.99
A fantastic recent album from Polish saxophone legend Zbigniew Namyslowski – the reedman who first worked famously with Krzystof Komeda in the 60s, then went on to a huge legacy of his own great recordings too! Here, Namyslowski is right back on fire – working with a group of younger musicians in a mode that's angular and soulful – maybe a more straight ahead expression of the ideas from the leader's younger years, but still handled with an inventive quality that really keeps things interesting. Other players include Jacek Namyslowski on trombone, Slawek Jaskulke on piano, Grzegorz Grzb on drums, and either Andrez Swies or Pawel Puszcalo on bass – but Namyslowski is clearly the star of the show, and really shines on alto, soprano, and sopranino saxophones. Titles include "Chor Z Gor", "Ober Meister", "Jako Tako", "Slepa Komenda", "Nie O'Krzesany", "Swir Na Lewo Swir Na Prawo", and "Posel Mazur". CD
Also available Polish Jazz – Yes ... LP 28.99

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Zbigniew NamyslowskiPolish Jazz – Yes ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2015. New Copy ... $28.99
A fantastic recent album from Polish saxophone legend Zbigniew Namyslowski – the reedman who first worked famously with Krzystof Komeda in the 60s, then went on to a huge legacy of his own great recordings too! Here, Namyslowski is right back on fire – working with a group of younger musicians in a mode that's angular and soulful – maybe a more straight ahead expression of the ideas from the leader's younger years, but still handled with an inventive quality that really keeps things interesting. Other players include Jacek Namyslowski on trombone, Slawek Jaskulke on piano, Grzegorz Grzb on drums, and either Andrez Swies or Pawel Puszcalo on bass – but Namyslowski is clearly the star of the show, and really shines on alto, soprano, and sopranino saxophones. Titles include "Chor Z Gor", "Ober Meister", "Jako Tako", "Slepa Komenda", "Nie O'Krzesany", "Swir Na Lewo Swir Na Prawo", and "Posel Mazur". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Polish Jazz – Yes ... CD 15.99

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Zbigniew NamyslowskiZbigniew Namyslowski Quartet – Polish Jazz Vol 6 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Incredible genius from the Polish scene of the 60s – one of the first standout albums from saxophonist Zbigniew Namyslowski – a player who may not be as much of a household name as Coltrane, but who plays equally well! Namyslowski is one of the great lost modernists of the postwar years – a rich talent in the 60s who opened up the range of the alto saxophone tremendously – working in a mode that was as groundbreaking as that of Ornette Coleman or Joe Harriott on the instrument, but taking the instrument to whole new dimensions! This set features Namyslowski working with a quartet that includes piano, bass, and drums – freely carving out a rhythmic space that serves as Namyslowski's launching pad for a variety of wonderful original compositions that include "Despair", "Frances The Terror", "The Beetle Humming In The Reeds", "The Wardrobe", and "Lola The Mead Drinker". LP, Vinyl record album

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Zbigniew Namyslowski The QOpen ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1987. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the greatest jazz players to come out of the Polish scene of the 60s and 70s – and a saxophonist who's still burning brightly on this session from 1987! Zbigniew Namyslowski's working here on both alto and soprano sax – often blown with a sharp edge that's modern, but never too far out – held in nicely by the rest of the quintet lineup of piano, bass, drums, and percussion. Tunes are all originals by Namyslowski, save for one number – and they've got arrangements that are playful and rhythmic throughout, with plenty of twists and turns that really augment Zbigniew's phrasing on the saxes. We'd almost venture as far as to say that the album's got a few subtle groovers – tracks that sparkle with a sound that's a bit like indie soul jazz from the US at the same time – and titles include "Double Trouble Blues", "3 X Spaghetti", "Cuban Tango Mohito", "Bop Berek", "Rachitic March", and "Cy To Blues Cy Nie Blues". CD
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Zbigniew Namyslowski The QOpen ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
One of the greatest jazz players to come out of the Polish scene of the 60s and 70s – and a saxophonist who's still burning brightly on this session from 1987! Zbigniew Namyslowski's working here on both alto and soprano sax – often blown with a sharp edge that's modern, but never too far out – held in nicely by the rest of the quintet lineup of piano, bass, drums, and percussion. Tunes are all originals by Namyslowski, save for one number – and they've got arrangements that are playful and rhythmic throughout, with plenty of twists and turns that really augment Zbigniew's phrasing on the saxes. We'd almost venture as far as to say that the album's got a few subtle groovers – tracks that sparkle with a sound that's a bit like indie soul jazz from the US at the same time – and titles include "Double Trouble Blues", "3 X Spaghetti", "Cuban Tango Mohito", "Bop Berek", "Rachitic March", and "Cy To Blues Cy Nie Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Open ... CD 16.99

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Novi SingersBossa Nova ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark record in the European jazz scene of the 60s – an incredibly hip batch of tracks from the Novi Singers, a Polish vocal group whose sound was warm, wonderful, and very very groovy! The set took their cue from American and French vocalese combos of earlier years, but worked in a manner that was infused with some of the cooler trends that were moving through Europe's postwar jazz scene – including modal grooving, free-thinking solos, and even a love of Brazilian rhythms, which shows up clearly in this set! Backing is by a core jazz combo, but also augmented with strings – which gives the album a shimmer, floating quality that we really love. Titles include "Gogo", "Krol Salomon", "Tanczace Orzechy", "Pyzate Sloneczniki", "Zolty Slon", and "Brownie". CD

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Novi SingersNovi Sing Chopin ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy ... $12.99
Two of Poland's greatest musical assets – together on one album – as the groovy groovy Novi Singers turn their talents towards the work of Frederic Chopin – singing his compositions in a jazzy harmony style that's quite similar to the 60s classics of The Swingle Singers! The approach is really great – as Chopin's warm and romantic style of writing is a perfect match for Novi's magical vocal harmonies – with just the right mix of flourishes and melody to really show off their amazing talents. Novi are singing here in all-acapella style – and titles include "Preludium Des Dur Op 28 Nr 15", "Ballada F-Moll Op 52", "Grande Valse Brillante Op 34 Nr 2", "Mazurek E Moll Op 41 Nr 2", and "Scherzo H-Moll OP 20" – not the catchiest titles in the world, but some really great music. CD

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NurtNurt ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1972. Very Good ... $34.99
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, bent corners, and a small sticker.)

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Krzysztof SadowskiKrzysztof Sadowski & His Hammond Organ ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy ... $15.99
Hip stuff from this obscure Polish organist – a great player, with a talent that's as rich as Jimmy Smith during his classic Verve years! Krzystof plays here on one side that features just organ and drums – but the sound is super-full, thanks to his complicated work on the keys. The other side of the album features Krzysztof as the main soloist in front of the Jazz Studio Orchestra conducted by Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – in a manner that's very much like some of Jimmy Smith's hard-swinging sessions with Oliver Nelson's big band – in a groove that rocks nicely, and lets Krzysztof take off on the keys! The album features a great version of "Theme From Rosemary's Baby", plus the original tracks "Heavy Rain From A Little Cloud", "Something Familiar", "For Thanks", and a medley of tunes called "Impressions Of The Beatles". CD

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Krzysztof SadowskiThree Thousand Points (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
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

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Sami SwoiLocust ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
Sami Swoi is a group, not a guy – a hip Polish ensemble that's led by trumpeter Julian Kurzawa, but which features a strong sound from a trio of reed players too! The album's a live one, and really has the whole group opening up on the first track – a 19 minute "Blues Medley" that includes snippets of compositions by Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter, Nat Adderley, and Eddie Harris – all spun out into this great ensemble piece that has each member soaring out with a solo! Other players include Jan Mlynarczyk on trombone, Waldemar Kowalski on alto and soprano sax, Jerzy Lukaszczyk on tenor and baritone, Andrezj Muzky on tenor and clarinet, Janusz Szprot on piano and electric piano, Jerzy Sorski on guitar, Jan Gonciarczyk on electric bass, and Krzysztof Przybylowicz on drums. The second half of hte album has some shorter tracks, but still worked magically by the group – with this mixture of ensemble energy and solo voice that's a bit like some of the MPS large group sessions from a decade before – especially given the electric energy in the rhythms. Titles include "Cannonbird", "Maids Of Cadiz", "The Locust", "Round Midnight", and "Blues Medley". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stanislaw SojkaBlublula ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
Wicked stuff – and a vocalist we'd love to know more about! Stan's a hip Polish singer with a really wonderful sound – an open-ended 70s approach that draws on influences from Leon Thomas and Mark Murphy, yet which also has a gutsy quality that's all its own – personal and spontaneous, in a way that almost makes you feel that Stan's making the tunes up on the spot. The album's a quartet session led by pianist Wojciech Karolak, and doesn't look like much at first, but the way Stan puts the songs over is incredible – gently grooving and bluesing with the backings, not really scatting, but really working the tones in a way that we've never heard from another singer. One of the highlights of the set is a great version of Gary Bartz's "I've Known Rivers", and other tunes include versions of "Blue Monk", "Doxy", "Naima", and "All Blues". CD

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Andrzej Trzaskowski with Ted CursonSeant ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1965/1966. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
Incredible modern jazz from the Polish scene of the 60s – a rare album by pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski, featuring work by American trumpeter Ted Curson! Like the work of Komeda from the time, the album is a bold, fresh, modern statement that's clearly steeped in work by other 60s American and European modernists, but which also has a fresh quality that's incredibly hard to peg. It's a bit preoccupied with sound and sound colors – almost in a Paul Bley-ish way – but also has a trace of soul and lyricism, as well as a graceful approach that allows space for other players to state themselves freely on the record. Curson's trumpet work is great, and the album's one of his best sessions from the time – stark and modern, yet still with some of the soul of his work with Mingus. Titles include "Seant", "Wariacja", "Cosinusoida", and "The Quibble". LP, Vinyl record album

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Michal UrbaniakMichal Urbaniak Constellation In Concert ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A beautiful live set from Michal Urbaniak's legendary Constellation group – one of the most important fusion combos in the Eastern European scene of the 70s, and a groundbreaking ensemble that also featured his wife Urszula Dudziak on vocals! There's an approach here that's a bit freer than on some of the group's other records – with lots of long Fender Rhodes lines by Adam Makowicz next to organ and farfisa by Wojciech Karolak – and Urbaniak himself plays electric violin exclusively, often using the instrument in a way that sounds like a third keyboard has been added to the mix! Titles include the funky groover "Seresta", plus looser numbers "Lato" and "Spokoj", and the 17 minute jammer "Bengal", which gets pretty wild at times! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kuba WiecekAnother Raindrop ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... $28.99
A fantastic debut album from saxophonist Kuba Wiecek – a musician who may well be ready to carry forward the strong legacy of Polish modern jazz from the 60s and 70s! Wiecek works here in a trio setting, with bass and drums – in the mode begun by Sonny Rollins in the late 50s, but handled here in a completely different way – maybe because Kuba's got this very rhythmic quality to his solos – phrasing things alongside the bass of Michal Baranski and drums of Lukasz Zyta, instead of away from them – so that the tunes have these qualities that are both angular and soulful at the same time – sharp and fresh, but never too overstated. There's a very unique voice taking place here – especially given that Wiecek's blowing alto sax, but with phrasing we're not sure we've ever heard – on titles that include "Pirate's Routine", "Dream About That Green Hill", "Rhythm Of Life", "The Wheels You Can't Stop", "Forest Creatures' Night Ritual", and "Naked Hymn For Equality". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marianna WroblewskaSound Of Marianna Wroblewska ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1972. New Copy ... $8.99
Very unusual work from Polish jazz singer Marianna Wroblewska – who works here in two nicely different modes! Marianna sings in English throughout – and side one mostly has her working through American standards, but which come across in a very unusual way, given her accent – with open arrangements that feature piano from either Janusz Kozlowski or Wlodzimierz Nahorny, who both have offbeat qualities that really keep things on edge. Side two is where it really gets interesting, though – as Wroblewska works with the group of alto saxophonist Zibniew Namyslowski, one of the hippest Polish modernists of the period – in a mode that really brings Marianna's vocals into territory that singers like Karin Krog or Monica Zetterlund were hitting at the time. As with the early 70s work of those European singers, Wroblewska is almost post-jazz here – singing to English translations of songs written by Namyslowski, Nahorny, and even Komeda – with a very unusual, very compelling quality. These tunes include "I Don't Want To Sleep", "The Slowed Down Movie", "Sell Me To The Wind", and "And The Forest Sings Your Name" – and the standards include "I'll Be Seeing You", "Don't Explain", "My Funny Valentine", and "Lover Man". CD

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Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski QuartetFlyin Lady ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1978. New Copy ... $15.99
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". CD

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Piotr WylezolHuman Things ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... $18.99
Maybe the first we've ever heard of Piotr Wylezol – a Polish pianist, and a great songwriter too – one who creates these beautiful little pictures in sound, which are then opened up by the musicians in his group! The lineup here is great – as colorful as the songs themselves – with Danya Stephens on tenor and soprano sax, Robert Majewski on flugelhorn, and Grzegorz Nagorski on euphonium – the last two of whom really paint these flowing colors that fit beautifully with Piotr's piano lines, while Stephens carves some sharper edges on the songs. The group also features Michal Baranski on bass and Michal Miskiewicz on drums – and the leadoff tune features great vocals from both Aga Zaryan and Grzegorz Dowgiallo. That gem is the title track – "Human Things" – and other tunes include "Beyond The Reality", "Home", "Fatalismus Optimismus", and "Whisper Of The Night". CD
Also available Human Things ... LP 28.99

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Piotr WylezolHuman Things ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... $28.99
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VariousWe Pay Respekt – Evergreens From Grey Reality Poland ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970s. New Copy ... $12.99
Respect flows both ways here – not just respect for the Polish jazz scene that made some great music during the Communist years, but also respect for the global artists who inspired them – as you'll see in the setup of the collection! Most tunes here are covers – but they're done in very different ways than you might expect – a range of styles that runs from funky fusion, to jazz vocals, to progressive rock, to Latin piano – a great illustration of the depth that was happening in the Polish scene back in the day! The package was put together by the same guys who gave us the Polish Funk compilations – but actually goes way beyond those in scope, and includes loads of gems that haven't been reissued otherwise – making us wish we could dig even deeper into Polish wax from the 60s and 70s. Titles include "Cool Jerk" by Polanie, "Respekt" by Niebiesko Czarni, "One Note Samba" by Novi Singers, "Desafinado" by Bossa Nova Combo, "Livin In Sin" by Test, "Fare You Well" by Spiritual Singers, "Naima" by Extra Ball, "Kameleon" by Orkiestra PRiTV, "Madrox" by Big Band Katowice, "Fool On The Hill" by Novi Singers, and "Brazil" by Jozef Mazurkiewicz Orchestra. CD
Also available We Pay Respekt – Evergreens From Grey Reality Poland ... LP 18.99

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VariousWe Pay Respekt – Evergreens From Grey Reality Poland ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970s. New Copy ... $18.99
Respect flows both ways here – not just respect for the Polish jazz scene that made some great music during the Communist years, but also respect for the global artists who inspired them – as you'll see in the setup of the collection! Most tunes here are covers – but they're done in very different ways than you might expect – a range of styles that runs from funky fusion, to jazz vocals, to progressive rock, to Latin piano – a great illustration of the depth that was happening in the Polish scene back in the day! The package was put together by the same guys who gave us the Polish Funk compilations – but actually goes way beyond those in scope, and includes loads of gems that haven't been reissued otherwise – making us wish we could dig even deeper into Polish wax from the 60s and 70s. Titles include "Cool Jerk" by Polanie, "Respekt" by Niebiesko Czarni, "One Note Samba" by Novi Singers, "Desafinado" by Bossa Nova Combo, "Livin In Sin" by Test, "Fare You Well" by Spiritual Singers, "Madrox" by Big Band Katowice, "Fool On The Hill" by Novi Singers, and "Brazil" by Jozef Mazurkiewicz Orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available We Pay Respekt – Evergreens From Grey Reality Poland ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Henryk DebichString Beat ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky gem from 70s Poland – heavy grooves from maestro Henryk Debich, served up in a range of soulful styles! The tunes here are all instrumental – and range from Barry White-styled tracks, to big band funk, to other more complicated numbers with a soundtrack vibe – all laid out back to back in a really fresh-felling set! There's plenty of jazz in the lineup – and most tracks have some sort of a solo, on instruments that include tenor, trumpet, flute, alto, and even a bit of electric harpsichord. Titles are a mix of originals and some groovy covers – and tunes include "Shaft", "Chameleon", "Gry", "Bez Metalu", "Na Opak", "Standard In B", "Oscypka", and "Badz Wieczorem W Dyskotece". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jerzy MilianOrkiestra Rozrywkowa Pritv W Katowicach ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky genius from Poland's Jerzy Milian – a vibes player we normally know in much smaller settings, but who sounds great here in an MPS-styled big band album from the 70s! The tracks are relatively short and punchy – all with some great rhythms and a fair bit of drum breaks too – so much so that the record easily sounds like some of the best sound library albums coming from Western Europe in the early 70s – a sublime blend of tight grooving and sweetly jazzy touches! Along with Jerzy's vibes, the record also has some great keyboards and funky flute too – plus some occasional wordless vocals that scat nicely along at the bottom of the grooves – creating a feel that's almost like the best work of Janko Nilovic! Titles include "Wsrod Pampasow", "Gacek", "Street 2000", "Kura Kureka", "Szklana Pryzma", "Tance W Barze", "Oddech Lasu", and "Szkic Dla Choreografa". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Zbigniew NamyslowskiWinobranie ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD

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✨✧ Zbigniew NamyslowskiZbigniew Namyslowski Quartet – Polish Jazz Vol 6 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1966. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible genius from the Polish scene of the 60s – one of the first standout albums from saxophonist Zbigniew Namyslowski – a player who may not be as much of a household name as Coltrane, but who plays equally well! Namyslowski is one of the great lost modernists of the postwar years – a rich talent in the 60s who opened up the range of the alto saxophone tremendously – working in a mode that was as groundbreaking as that of Ornette Coleman or Joe Harriott on the instrument, but taking the instrument to whole new dimensions! This set features Namyslowski working with a quartet that includes piano, bass, and drums – freely carving out a rhythmic space that serves as Namyslowski's launching pad for a variety of wonderful original compositions that include "Despair", "Frances The Terror", "The Beetle Humming In The Reeds", "The Wardrobe", and "Lola The Mead Drinker". CD
Also available Zbigniew Namyslowski Quartet – Polish Jazz Vol 6 ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Andrzej TrzaskowskiAndrzej Trzaskowski Quintet – Polish Jazz Vol 4 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant set from Polish pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski – a talent who's virtually unknown in America, but one who cut some of the most forward-thinking work of his generation! The session's a bold, fresh, modern statement that's clearly steeped in work by other 60s American and European modernists, but which also has a fresh quality that's incredibly hard to peg. It's a bit preoccupied with sound and sound colors – almost in a Paul Bley-ish way – but also has a trace of soul and lyricism, as well as a graceful approach that allows space for other players to state themselves freely on the record. That's a good thing, too, because the first album is dominated by strong trumpet work by the great Tomasz Stanko, as well as the relative unknown Janusz Muniak, who plays some great soprano sax on the session. Titles include "Sinobrody", "Post Scriptum", "Synopsis", and "Requiem For Scott La Faro". CD

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✨✧ Complot Of SixComplot Of Six – Spisek Szesciu ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A groundbreaking Polish combo from the 70s – one with a name that makes them sound more like a revolutionary organization than a musical group – quite fitting, given the revolutionary style of their music! These guys use some elements from fusion – including guitar and Fender Rhodes – but they also stretch their sound out more in a way that seems inspired by avant spiritual jazz from the US – almost a post-Coltrane vibe that's different from the modern jazz territory explored by other Polish groups in years before! The leader of the group is Wlodzimierz Winski, who plays tenor and baritone sax – and other musicians include Zbigniew Czwojda on trumpet, Andrzej Pluszcz on guitar, Leszek Paszko on trombone, Adam Bielawski on drums, and Boguslaw Razik on both piano and Fender Rhodes. Titles include the side-long "Wizje" suite – plus "Amorphus", "Epitaphium", and "Pieprezem I Sola". CD
Also available Complot Of Six – Spisek Szesciu ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Krzysztof KomedaAstigmatic – The Music Of Komeda ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Possibly the most fantastic recording ever from the greatest talent of Polish jazz! The material was recorded in 1965, in the years before Komeda followed Roman Polanski to the US to score his films like Rosemary's Baby – and it's one of the greatest modernist albums of the 60s jazz scene on either side of the Atlantic – a record we'd rank right up there with the best from Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Joe Harriott, or other forward-thinking talents of the generation! 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 – and instead, the band grooves mightily in a blend of sharp edges and modal rhythms – a tremendous blend that makes the album as appealing to fans of more soulful jazz as it does to those looking for bold modernist statements. The quintet features 2 of Poland's other key jazz figures from the time – Tomasz Stanko on trumpet and Zbigniew Namyslowski on alto sax – and other members include Gunter Lenz on bass and Rune Carlson on drums. Titles are all Komeda originals, all nice and long – and include "Astigmatic", "Kattorna", and "Svantetic". CD

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✨✧ Krzysztof KomedaAstigmatic – The Music Of Komeda ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Possibly the most fantastic recording ever from the greatest talent of Polish jazz! The material was recorded in 1965, in the years before Komeda followed Roman Polanski to the US to score his films like Rosemary's Baby – and it's one of the greatest modernist albums of the 60s jazz scene on either side of the Atlantic – a record we'd rank right up there with the best from Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Joe Harriott, or other forward-thinking talents of the generation! 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 – and instead, the band grooves mightily in a blend of sharp edges and modal rhythms – a tremendous blend that makes the album as appealing to fans of more soulful jazz as it does to those looking for bold modernist statements. The quintet features 2 of Poland's other key jazz figures from the time – Tomasz Stanko on trumpet and Zbigniew Namyslowski on alto sax – and other members include Gunter Lenz on bass and Rune Carlson on drums. Titles are all Komeda originals, all nice and long – and include "Astigmatic", "Kattorna", and "Svantetic". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ LaboratoriumModern Pentathlon – Polish Jazz 49 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet electric jazz from 70s Poland – a really tripped-out set of keyboard tunes, almost an Eastern European take on the Herbie Hancock sound of the time! The group's led by keyboard maestro Janusz Grzywacz – who works here on Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano, and a Roland 2000 – hitting styles that range from straight and funky to electric and spacey – as much concerned with the overall sound of the set as with his own spirited solo work – and coming across with a soulful sound that's almost George Duke-ish at times! Titles include "Funky For Franka", "ABZ", "Crazy Shepherd", and "Modern Pentathlon". CD

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✨✧ Wlodzimierz Nahorny TrioHeart ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A relatively free set from 60s Poland – done as a trio of saxophone, bass, and drums – a style that's not usually associated with that scene! There's almost an ESP feel to the record, but a bit more inside – as Wlodzimierz Nahorny blows alto with a tone that's warm at times, but rough and free at others – nicely biting and almost with a Sonny Simmons-like intensity. Drums are by Sergiusz Perkowski and bass is by Jacek Ostaszeski – and Nahorny plays a bit of piano on the record, but the main focus is on his beautifully free-blown lines on sax – amazingly dextrous and filled with creative imagination. A real treasure that we're surprised never had a longer life outside its own scene – with tracks that include "A Month Of Goodwill", "Muniak's Heart", "At The Cashier", "Leaks", "It Depends For Whom", and "A Pedant's Letter". CD

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✨✧ Novi SingersBossa Nova ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A landmark record in the European jazz scene of the 60s – an incredibly hip batch of tracks from the Novi Singers, a Polish vocal group whose sound was warm, wonderful, and very very groovy! The set took their cue from American and French vocalese combos of earlier years, but worked in a manner that was infused with some of the cooler trends that were moving through Europe's postwar jazz scene – including modal grooving, free-thinking solos, and even a love of Brazilian rhythms, which shows up clearly in this set! Backing is by a core jazz combo, but also augmented with strings – which gives the album a shimmer, floating quality that we really love. Titles include "Gogo", "Krol Salomon", "Tanczace Orzechy", "Pyzate Sloneczniki", "Zolty Slon", and "Brownie". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bossa Nova ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Novi SingersNovi Sing Chopin ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Two of Poland's greatest musical assets – together on one album – as the groovy groovy Novi Singers turn their talents towards the work of Frederic Chopin – singing his compositions in a jazzy harmony style that's quite similar to the 60s classics of The Swingle Singers! The approach is really great – as Chopin's warm and romantic style of writing is a perfect match for Novi's magical vocal harmonies – with just the right mix of flourishes and melody to really show off their amazing talents. Novi are singing here in all-acapella style – and titles include "Preludium Des Dur Op 28 Nr 15", "Ballada F-Moll Op 52", "Grande Valse Brillante Op 34 Nr 2", "Mazurek E Moll Op 41 Nr 2", and "Scherzo H-Moll OP 20" – not the catchiest titles in the world, but some really great music. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Novi Sing Chopin ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Krzysztof SadowskiKrzysztof Sadowski & His Hammond Organ ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Hip stuff from this obscure Polish organist – a great player, with a talent that's as rich as Jimmy Smith during his classic Verve years! Krzystof plays here on one side that features just organ and drums – but the sound is super-full, thanks to his complicated work on the keys. The other side of the album features Krzysztof as the main soloist in front of the Jazz Studio Orchestra conducted by Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – in a manner that's very much like some of Jimmy Smith's hard-swinging sessions with Oliver Nelson's big band – in a groove that rocks nicely, and lets Krzysztof take off on the keys! The album features a great version of "Theme From Rosemary's Baby", plus the original tracks "Heavy Rain From A Little Cloud", "Something Familiar", "For Thanks", and a medley of tunes called "Impressions Of The Beatles". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Krzysztof Sadowski & His Hammond Organ ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Sami SwoiLocust ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sami Swoi is a group, not a guy – a hip Polish ensemble that's led by trumpeter Julian Kurzawa, but which features a strong sound from a trio of reed players too! The album's a live one, and really has the whole group opening up on the first track – a 19 minute "Blues Medley" that includes snippets of compositions by Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter, Nat Adderley, and Eddie Harris – all spun out into this great ensemble piece that has each member soaring out with a solo! Other players include Jan Mlynarczyk on trombone, Waldemar Kowalski on alto and soprano sax, Jerzy Lukaszczyk on tenor and baritone, Andrezj Muzky on tenor and clarinet, Janusz Szprot on piano and electric piano, Jerzy Sorski on guitar, Jan Gonciarczyk on electric bass, and Krzysztof Przybylowicz on drums. The second half of hte album has some shorter tracks, but still worked magically by the group – with this mixture of ensemble energy and solo voice that's a bit like some of the MPS large group sessions from a decade before – especially given the electric energy in the rhythms. Titles include "Cannonbird", "Maids Of Cadiz", "The Locust", "Round Midnight", and "Blues Medley". CD
Also available Locust ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Tomasz StankoTwet ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out 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 "Man From The North". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun ShipFollow Us – Polish Jazz Vol 61 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Soaring electric jazz from this hip 70s Polish combo – a group that's heavy on keyboards and soprano sax – both used to really stretch out on a number of long and jamming titles! The soprano sax is used here in that highly angular way that was common on the European scene of the time – and the keyboards are often warm and a bit spacey – bubbling up to fill the tunes with waves of sound, but still often stepping back in more rhythmic moments. Other instrumentation includes tenor sax, bass, percussion, and acoustic piano – and the styles here run from rougher early 70s fusion styled jams to a few more tightly-produced moments. Includes "Prymka", "Szipson", "Mrowka Jak Wiemy", and "Nalezy Sie Wykupic". CD

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✨✧ Andrzej Trzaskowski with Ted CursonSeant ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1965/1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Incredible modern jazz from the Polish scene of the 60s – a rare album by pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski, featuring work by American trumpeter Ted Curson! Like the work of Komeda from the time, the album is a bold, fresh, modern statement that's clearly steeped in work by other 60s American and European modernists, but which also has a fresh quality that's incredibly hard to peg. It's a bit preoccupied with sound and sound colors – almost in a Paul Bley-ish way – but also has a trace of soul and lyricism, as well as a graceful approach that allows space for other players to state themselves freely on the record. Curson's trumpet work is great, and the album's one of his best sessions from the time – stark and modern, yet still with some of the soul of his work with Mingus. Titles include "Seant", "Wariacja", "Cosinusoida", and "The Quibble". CD
Also available Seant ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Kuba WiecekAnother Raindrop ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic debut album from saxophonist Kuba Wiecek – a musician who may well be ready to carry forward the strong legacy of Polish modern jazz from the 60s and 70s! Wiecek works here in a trio setting, with bass and drums – in the mode begun by Sonny Rollins in the late 50s, but handled here in a completely different way – maybe because Kuba's got this very rhythmic quality to his solos – phrasing things alongside the bass of Michal Baranski and drums of Lukasz Zyta, instead of away from them – so that the tunes have these qualities that are both angular and soulful at the same time – sharp and fresh, but never too overstated. There's a very unique voice taking place here – especially given that Wiecek's blowing alto sax, but with phrasing we're not sure we've ever heard – on titles that include "Pirate's Routine", "Dream About That Green Hill", "Rhythm Of Life", "The Wheels You Can't Stop", "Forest Creatures' Night Ritual", and "Naked Hymn For Equality". CD
Also available Another Raindrop ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Jan Ptaszyn WroblewskiPolish Jazz Quartet ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This set's a killer batch of Polish jazz from the 60s! The album's got a darkly modern feel – and features some amazing piano by Wojciech Karolak, playing here in a group led by tenorist Jan Wroblewski. Karolak's approach to the keys is angular and off-kilter – sounding almost at times like a more soulful, more rhythmic Herbie Nichols – and next to Wroblewski's youthful tenor, his piano grooves with a sound that's almost like a left-of-center Blue Note from the same time. We don't know what was in the water in mid 60s Poland, but man, these guys could really open up – and the record kicks like the best work of the time by Komeda or any of his contemporaries! Titles include "She's Always Angry", "Outline", "Quiet & Mellow", and "Dedicated To Swallow". CD

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✨✧ Krzysztof ZgrajaLaokoon ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet set of flute-based jazz from the Polish scene – recorded in the early 80s by Krzysztof Zgraja, but with this freewheeling, open vibe that's maybe more like the early 70s work of Bjorn Jason Lindh or Chris Hinze, mixed with the strong sense of texture of Hubert Laws on CTI! As with all of those players, there's almost a post-jazz approach going on here – as Zgraja can swing sometimes, get funky at others, but also open up these colors and tonal passages that are extremely compelling – especially when echo and overdub come into play, and make for an even more expansive sound overall! The group features both acoustic and electric bass, Fender Rhodes, and drums – and Zbigniew Namyslowski guests on alto on one track. Titles include "La Concha", "Alex Funky", "Waiting For", "Fin De Siecle", and "Laokoon". CD

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✨✧ Czeslaw BartkowskiDrums Dream ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A drum-heavy set from Polish percussionist Czeslaw Bartkowski – mostly solo on most tracks, but with occasional accompaniment on trumpet, electric piano, and soprano sax on a few of the fuller numbers – plus some great funky big band arrangements at the end! The sound is often spare and moody, but also melodic – similar to some of Max Roach's solo percussion efforts – in that Bartkowski isn't too concerned with going too far out, or getting too free – just working drums and percussion within new modes in jazz! The last few tracks on the album flesh out the sound with fuller orchestrations from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – in a way that's almost funky at times – and other players on the record include Tomasz Szukalski, Tomasz Stanko, and Adam Makowicz. Titles include "Drums Dream", "FAO", "Druga Swobodna Etiuda", "Rozmowa Ze Sliwka Bez Pestek", "Good Times Bad Times", and "Lullaby For Tiny Chinamen". CD
Also available
Drums Dream ... LP 16.99
Drums Dream ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Ewa BemBe a Man ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Straight ahead and swinging jazz vocals from Ewa Bem – a session that's sung both in English and her native Polish, and which features backings by the lively Swing Session combo, led by trumpeter Henryk Majewski! Tracks are mostly short and upbeat, and although the standards here are familiar and done with a tone that's a bit too eighties at times, the other Polish numbers are pretty darn great – colored with deeper tones and more imagination than the English numbers, in a way that makes us wish we understood the language! Titles include "Tylko Dni", "Wyznanie Wieczorne", "Dzien Dobry Mr Blues", "Groovin High", "The Man I Love", and "Rob To Co Chcesz". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Breakout70A ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An early gem from this hip Polish group – a quintet on this outing, and working in a mode that brings a lot more to the music than just a set of blues-inspired roots! The group have some great elements going on here – including sax and flute from the great Wlodzimerz Nahorny, whose lines at times almost have these avant angles that are quite a great blend with the fuzzy guitars and romping drums – and the set also features excellent vocals from Mira Kubasinska,whose pairing with singer Tadeusz Nalepa really makes for an unusual vibe! There's also some nice rhythms, too – kind of in a funky blues mode, which really gives the album a strong kick – on titles that include "Prezmijanie", "Dziwny Weekend", "Przestroga", "Piekno", and "Zapraszamy Na Korride". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BreakoutBlues ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An enigmatic set from Poland – one that's definitely got the bluesy touches promised in the title, but which also served up some other compelling sounds as well! Breakout's not just a straight blues rock combo – at least not in the mode of US or UK groups of the time – as they use their initial blues inspiration here for some other expressive modes as well, almost getting a bit pensive at times, in ways that make for a really surprising set. The guitar is great throughout, and the Polish vocals are pretty interesting too – and titles include "If I Were The Wind", "Misery Came To Me", "She Went A Different Road", "Tonight", and "Color My Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jazz CarriersCarry On ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet electric combo from 70s Poland – one who move away from more familiar fusion modes of the Eastern European scene, to a style that's almost a reworked version of 60s soul jazz! The groove here feels like that end of 60s moment when reed players were trying to get a bit more electric – particularly players like Eddie Harris or Sonny Stitt – but the Jazz Carriers also have a richer sense of songwriting and musical ideas, and do way more here than just electrify the past. Instead, they make great use of the twin reeds of Henryk Miskiewicz on alto and Zbigniew Jaremiko on tenor and alto, alongside Fender Rhodes from Pawel Perlinski – used in ways that hint at modern moments, but still stay in soulful territory – thanks to the addition of congas and additional percussion next to the bass and drums. Titles include "Carrier's Blues", "Supplement", "Frytki", "Bezdroza", and "Carry On". CD
Also available Carry On ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Krzysztof Komeda with Bernt RosengrenKnife In Water ... 7-inch
Polskie Nagrania/Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Andrzej Kurylewicz QuintetGo Right ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1963. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A beautiful bit of jazz from early 60s Poland – by one of the country's freshest modern jazz groups at the time! The record has a bold sound that's right in keeping with its title – strongly stepping off with a style that blends the soulful and the modern – in a mode that's a bit like the best early 60s work by Ted Curson or Booker Ervin! The group's led by trumpeter Andrzej Kurylewicz, and features some great tenor and flute work by Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – an under-acknowledged player with an incredible tone and angular approach to rhythm. The album's a delight throughout – filled with original tracks that sparkle and amaze, and really only the tip of the iceberg to an amazing legacy of Polish jazz in the 60s! Titles include "Yenom On", "Green Eyed Girl", "Go Right", "Obsession", "Nyamaland", and "So So". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Go Right ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ LaboratoriumModern Pentathlon – Polish Jazz 49 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sweet electric jazz from 70s Poland – a really tripped-out set of keyboard tunes, almost an Eastern European take on the Herbie Hancock sound of the time! The group's led by keyboard maestro Janusz Grzywacz – who works here on Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano, and a Roland 2000 – hitting styles that range from straight and funky to electric and spacey – as much concerned with the overall sound of the set as with his own spirited solo work – and coming across with a soulful sound that's almost George Duke-ish at times! Titles include "Funky For Franka", "ABZ", "Crazy Shepherd", and "Modern Pentathlon". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Wlodzimierz Nahorny TrioHeart ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A relatively free set from 60s Poland – done as a trio of saxophone, bass, and drums – a style that's not usually associated with that scene! There's almost an ESP feel to the record, but a bit more inside – as Wlodzimierz Nahorny blows alto with a tone that's warm at times, but rough and free at others – nicely biting and almost with a Sonny Simmons-like intensity. Drums are by Sergiusz Perkowski and bass is by Jacek Ostaszeski – and Nahorny plays a bit of piano on the record, but the main focus is on his beautifully free-blown lines on sax – amazingly dextrous and filled with creative imagination. A real treasure that we're surprised never had a longer life outside its own scene – with tracks that include "A Month Of Goodwill", "Muniak's Heart", "At The Cashier", "Leaks", "It Depends For Whom", and "A Pedant's Letter". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Zbigniew NamyslowskiKujaviak Goes Funky ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Some great funky jazz by one of Poland's greatest musicians! Zbigniew Namyslowski cut his teeth playing modernist alto sax in the group of Krzystof Komeda, but on this mid 70s set, he's grooving hard in a tight set of choppy fusion tracks with that hard European approach on the downbeat! The group's a quintet – with Namyslowski on alto, Tomasz Szukalski on tenor and soprano, and Wojcieh Karolak on electric piano – and the tracks are long and spiralling, a bit free, but always with some good grooves, and held down especially nicely by Karolak's keyboard lines! Titles include "Zablakana Owieczka", "Kujaviak Goes Funky", "Appenzeller's Dance", and "Smutny Jasio". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Zbigniew NamyslowskiWinobranie ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ ParadoxDrifting Feather – Polish Jazz 26 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very strange set of Polish jazz – with influences that touch on the exotic! Ostensibly, the group has a straighter swing-based groove, but there's also some moments on the set that are produced with lots of strange effects and instrumentation – coming across with rich colors and tones, a deeply expressive and sometimes nostalgic feel, and some occasional whimsy that makes for a really playful little set! The rhythms often hit a slight modal groove – dancing around in angular lines that roll out with the spirit of the MPS generation. And the instrumentation is even more compelling – with strong work from group leader, trombonist Andrzej Brzeski, plus an additional lineup that includes alto sax, bass, cello, and classical guitar. The crossing of bass, cello, and guitar strings creates these flowing, almost pillowy sounds that are totally great – but the album's never soft or dreamy, as Brzeski's horn work maintains an edge throughout – and really pushes the energy of the set! The album includes a sweeping 13 minute reading of "Malaguena", the warmly jazzy "Uncle Leo's Intimate Life", and the wild psych-ish "Auntie's Chitchat". CD

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✨✧ SBBSBB (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from SBB – a legendary Polish trio who were in an equal space between prog rock and fusion! All three musicians are incredibly skilled – clearly with the talents of jazz musicians, but set loose in much more freewheeling modes – although the strength of the record really comes from the tension between the two poles – especially as some of the less-electric moments could have strong jazz appeal. Antymos Apostolis serves up these fierce, frenetic, fuzzy guitar solos – while Jerzy Piotrowski plays some heavy Billy Cobham-like drums, and Josef Skrzek brings things together on piano, bass, moog, and even a bit of vocals. Titles include "Odlot" and "Wizje". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Stanislaw SojkaBlublula ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Wicked stuff – and a vocalist we'd love to know more about! Stan's a hip Polish singer with a really wonderful sound – an open-ended 70s approach that draws on influences from Leon Thomas and Mark Murphy, yet which also has a gutsy quality that's all its own – personal and spontaneous, in a way that almost makes you feel that Stan's making the tunes up on the spot. The album's a quartet session led by pianist Wojciech Karolak, and doesn't look like much at first, but the way Stan puts the songs over is incredible – gently grooving and bluesing with the backings, not really scatting, but really working the tones in a way that we've never heard from another singer. One of the highlights of the set is a great version of Gary Bartz's "I've Known Rivers", and other tunes include versions of "Blue Monk", "Doxy", "Naima", and "All Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Blublula ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Tomasz StankoMusic For K ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Bold genius from Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – a memorial tribute to the recently-departed Krzysztof Komeda – Stanko's musical mentor and frequent partner during the 60s! The work builds strongly on the angular modes explored by Komeda during the Astigmatic years – a stark, staccato mode that was as inventive and compelling as anything that Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, or Joe Harriott were doing at the time. Stanko's kept the Komeda spirit running very strongly in this set – using pulsating rhythms at the bottom to drive a set of longish tunes with full force, as freer solos cascade over the top with intense energy and amazing focus. The group's a quintet – with Zbigniew Seifert on alto sax and Janusz Muniak on tenor – and titles include "The Ambusher", "Infinitely Small", "Cry", and "Music For K". CD

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✨✧ Tomasz StankoMusic For K ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Bold genius from Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – a memorial tribute to the recently-departed Krzysztof Komeda – Stanko's musical mentor and frequent partner during the 60s! The work builds strongly on the angular modes explored by Komeda during the Astigmatic years – a stark, staccato mode that was as inventive and compelling as anything that Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, or Joe Harriott were doing at the time. Stanko's kept the Komeda spirit running very strongly in this set – using pulsating rhythms at the bottom to drive a set of longish tunes with full force, as freer solos cascade over the top with intense energy and amazing focus. The group's a quintet – with Zbigniew Seifert on alto sax and Janusz Muniak on tenor – and titles include "The Ambusher", "Infinitely Small", "Cry", and "Music For K". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Andrzej TrzaskowskiAndrzej Trzaskowski Quintet – Polish Jazz Vol 4 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A brilliant set from Polish pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski – a talent who's virtually unknown in America, but one who cut some of the most forward-thinking work of his generation! The session's a bold, fresh, modern statement that's clearly steeped in work by other 60s American and European modernists, but which also has a fresh quality that's incredibly hard to peg. It's a bit preoccupied with sound and sound colors – almost in a Paul Bley-ish way – but also has a trace of soul and lyricism, as well as a graceful approach that allows space for other players to state themselves freely on the record. That's a good thing, too, because the first album is dominated by strong trumpet work by the great Tomasz Stanko, as well as the relative unknown Janusz Muniak, who plays some great soprano sax on the session. Titles include "Sinobrody", "Post Scriptum", "Synopsis", and "Requiem For Scott La Faro". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Michal UrbaniakLive Recording – Polish Jazz 24 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Excellent work by Polish jazz legend Michal Urbaniak – a great live set with some wonderful elements! The recording features Urbaniak in one of his early 70s quartets – working with Adam Makowicz on piano and keyboards, and playing in a mix of early fusion and more exploratory jazz. Urbaniak's playing a lot of sax on the set – including soprano (which we always love him on), baritone, and tenor – and tracks are long, with some of the adventurous energy he picked up during his years with Komeda. The set features a great version of Komeda's "Crazy Girl" – plus a mellow ready of "Body & Soul", and an extended suite dedicated to Poland's famous jazz festival – called "Suite Jazz Jamboree 70". CD

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✨✧ Jan Ptaszyn WroblewskiPolish Jazz Quartet ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
This set's a killer batch of Polish jazz from the 60s! The album's got a darkly modern feel – and features some amazing piano by Wojciech Karolak, playing here in a group led by tenorist Jan Wroblewski. Karolak's approach to the keys is angular and off-kilter – sounding almost at times like a more soulful, more rhythmic Herbie Nichols – and next to Wroblewski's youthful tenor, his piano grooves with a sound that's almost like a left-of-center Blue Note from the same time. We don't know what was in the water in mid 60s Poland, but man, these guys could really open up – and the record kicks like the best work of the time by Komeda or any of his contemporaries! Titles include "She's Always Angry", "Outline", "Quiet & Mellow", and "Dedicated To Swallow". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Arp LifeZ Bezpieczna Szybkoscia ... LP
Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Ewa BemBe a Man ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Straight ahead and swinging jazz vocals from Ewa Bem – a session that's sung both in English and her native Polish, and which features backings by the lively Swing Session combo, led by trumpeter Henryk Majewski! Tracks are mostly short and upbeat, and although the standards here are familiar and done with a tone that's a bit too eighties at times, the other Polish numbers are pretty darn great – colored with deeper tones and more imagination than the English numbers, in a way that makes us wish we understood the language! Titles include "Tylko Dni", "Wyznanie Wieczorne", "Dzien Dobry Mr Blues", "Groovin High", "The Man I Love", and "Rob To Co Chcesz". CD

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✨✧ BreakoutKamienie ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A 70s classic by one of the greatest Polish groups of the time – the mighty Breakout, who work here in a nicely raw, nicely spare version of blues-inspired rock! The group's got plenty of Chicago influence on both the guitar and harmonica – but they never use those instruments in any way that's too slavish, and instead mix them with their own Polish lyrics in an evolved style that really recalls some of the hipper UK groups of this nature from the start of the 70s – particularly those who were pushing past the roots into their own sort of territory. Titles include "Pojde Prosto", "Spiekota", "Czulosc Niose Tobie", "Kamiene", and "Kolo Mego Okna". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Kamienie ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ BreakoutKarate ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A smoking little album from this hip Polish combo of the early 70s – a group that may well boast some of the best rootsy guitar work on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain at the time! Breakout take plenty of lessons from American blues – and from the then-contemporary generation who were digging their influences – and used those roots to help deliver a wickedly heavy brew – part hard rock, part bluesy inflections – with some well-crafted guitar lines stepping right out front in the mix, and rumbling way down low to groove the album up from the bottom. Titles include "Noca Puka Ktos", "Takie Moje Miasto Jest", "Daje Ci Prog", "Jest Gdzies Taki Dom", and "Karate" – a great long jammer! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Karate ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Kazimierz JonkiszTiri Taka ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Soulful fusion from Poland – a group led by drummer Kazimierz Jonkisz, and featuring piano, soprano sax, bass, and a bit of electric violin! The groove is a bit in the Michal Urbaniak mode – although not as way out, with a good focus on ensemble modes on the heads of each tune – similar to American soulful fusion of the time – before the band then makes their way through some longer solo moments. The feel is often surprisingly rich and full – a bit like some of the best R&B-tinged fusion coming out of the US in the mid to late 70s – especially on the Columbia label – and the players here are all top-shelf, and really open up as the tunes roll on. There's none of the too-jamming modes that can sometimes show up in more rock-based fusion records from the Eastern scene – and instead, there's a sensitivity here that shows up even on the more upbeat numbers. Titles include "We're All Waiting", "Tiritaka", "For Slawosz", "Joewer", and "For Marc". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mira Kubasinska & BreakoutOgien ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A sweet solo album from Polish singer Mira Kubasinska – but one that still features plenty of contributions from Breakout – the heavy, fuzzy group in which she spent most of the 70s! Mira's more strongly in the lead than on the other records by that group, though – really soaring out with that strong voiced quality that almost made her Poland's answer to Grace Slick at the time – a singer with a very unique, very powerful approach – even quite different than most other Euro female rockers of the period. Breakout contribute a mix of bluesy and hard rock elements to the music – with lots of strong lead guitar from Tadeusz Nalepa, who also wrote the music – alongside harmonica, bass, and drums. Titles include "Nie Zapalaj Swiatla", "Masz To Dzis", "Na Dnie Mych Oczu", "Liscie Zabral Wiatr", and "Wielki Ogien". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Ogien ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Adam MakowiczLive Embers – Polish Jazz 43 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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
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✨✧ ParadoxDrifting Feather – Polish Jazz 26 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A very strange set of Polish jazz – with influences that touch on the exotic! Ostensibly, the group has a straighter swing-based groove, but there's also some moments on the set that are produced with lots of strange effects and instrumentation – coming across with rich colors and tones, a deeply expressive and sometimes nostalgic feel, and some occasional whimsy that makes for a really playful little set! The rhythms often hit a slight modal groove – dancing around in angular lines that roll out with the spirit of the MPS generation. And the instrumentation is even more compelling – with strong work from group leader, trombonist Andrzej Brzeski, plus an additional lineup that includes alto sax, bass, cello, and classical guitar. The crossing of bass, cello, and guitar strings creates these flowing, almost pillowy sounds that are totally great – but the album's never soft or dreamy, as Brzeski's horn work maintains an edge throughout – and really pushes the energy of the set! The album includes a sweeping 13 minute reading of "Malaguena", the warmly jazzy "Uncle Leo's Intimate Life", and the wild psych-ish "Auntie's Chitchat". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Michal UrbaniakLive Recording – Polish Jazz 24 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Excellent work by Polish jazz legend Michal Urbaniak – a great live set with some wonderful elements! The recording features Urbaniak in one of his early 70s quartets – working with Adam Makowicz on piano and keyboards, and playing in a mix of early fusion and more exploratory jazz. Urbaniak's playing a lot of sax on the set – including soprano (which we always love him on), baritone, and tenor – and tracks are long, with some of the adventurous energy he picked up during his years with Komeda. The set features a great version of Komeda's "Crazy Girl" – plus a mellow ready of "Body & Soul", and an extended suite dedicated to Poland's famous jazz festival – called "Suite Jazz Jamboree 70". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski QuartetFlyin Lady ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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
Also available Flyin Lady ... CD 15.99
 
 
 



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