Some of the most complicated sounds we've ever heard from Polish jazz legend Jerzy Milian – and that's saying a lot, given his important modern jazz recordings of the 60s! The work here is all from very special projects – dubbed as "ballet music" in the title, but really far more than that – as these are hardly the kind of sprightly tunes designed to inspired dancers in tight costumes – and which instead work much more like these sophisticated compositions for larger ensembles – blending Milian's jazz roots with new ideas in 20th Century music! All of the pieces are quite long – two were scored for TV films, one more for a ballet stage show, and one more is an unused (but recorded) composition for dance – and all of them feature fuller orchestrations, with some of Milian's vibes – and solos from musicians who include Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky on alto, Joachim Graswurm on flugelhorn, and Zdzislaw Nowak on alto. Titles include "Tempus Jazz 67", "Tema Con Variazioni", "Bellet For Saxes", and "Rivalen". CD
Michael Smith —
Geomusic ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1977. Used ...
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Features Smith on piano, with Kent Carter on bass, Zbigniew Namyslowski on alto, and Laurence Cook on alto. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Krzysztof Komeda with Bernt Rosengren —
Knife In Water ... 7-inch PolskieNagrania/Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (pic cover)...
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A seminal moment in Polish jazz – and in the soundtrack career of Krzystof Komeda, too! The rare EP features reedman Bernt Rosengren working with Komeda's trio – laying down amazing music from the film Knife In Water – but in a live performance from the the 1961 Jazz Jamboree Festival, which gives the music a richer sound than the film performances! Rosengren is wonderful – playing in a style that's fluid, but with lots of sharp edges – and really taking off with rhythms from Komeda on piano, plus bass and drums – on titles that include "Cherry", "Ballad For Bernt", "Crazy Girl", and "Typish Jazz". 7-inch, Vinyl record
A really dreamy little record from the Polish scene of the early 70s – a record that mixes jazzy solos, light strings, and almost a soundtrack-style of arrangements – all to make music with the kind of glow that would be right at home on late 60s A&M Records, or maybe like the Brazilian instrumental charts of artists like Osmar Milito or Deodato. The group's directed by Tadeusz Prejzner, but also features key solos by jazz musicians – including Tomasz Stanko on trumpet and Wlodzimierz Nahorny on flute, alto, and keyboards – and overall, the record has a vibe that's a lot like some of Nahorny's other records too – especially when he solos over larger charts in a really beautiful way. Two cuts have wordless female vocals that are mighty nice – and titles include "Zloty Plomyk", "Spacer Brzegiem Morza", "Mchy", "Twa Tratwa", "Trad", "Wedrowne Konstelacje", and "Moze By Nad Morze". CD
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from this Polish keyboardist – a set that has him stepping past the simple Hammond modes of his earlier years, and into a realm of much freer-flowing fusion! Sadowski still mostly plays Hammond on the set – but also a bit of Fender Rhodes and ring modulator as well – all on long tracks that feature soprano sax, flute, and lots of nicely stepping basslines. The style's often a bit more righteous than it is funky, and both sides come from different live performances in the mid 70s – the latter of which features some really cool vocal effects from Liliana Urbanska – in a hip grooving mode that's pretty great! Titles include "Syrinx", "Ten Nasz Zwyczanjny Swiat", "Sorcery", and "Suita Trzy Tysiace". CD features three bonus tracks too – "Trzy Tysiace", "Oleo", and "Ten Nasz Zwyczajny Swiat". CD
Great vibes from Jerzy Milian – a player who was easily one of the hippest cats to handle a vibraphone on the European continent in the 70s – heard here in a host of rare recordings from Berlin! Jerzy's Polish, and most of his work was done for the PolskieNagrania label – but these tracks offer up a very different side of his talents than usual – some very cool, very groovy tunes that have a fantastic feel throughout – somewhere between late 60s Verve, hip Italian soundtracks, and some of the groovier projects on MPS – all reference points that really make this collection a treasure to our ears! All tunes were written and arranged by Milian – and many have a focus on the fuller ensemble instead of just his vibes – a very generous spirit to guide them. Titles include "Bagira", "Signor Cosmalino", "Wo Ist Die Socke", "Acht Und Dreizig", "Die Bunte Balkone", "Der Lustige Witwer", and "Mademoiselle Horror". LP, Vinyl record album