A totally groovy little group from late 60s Poland – one who work here in a "beat mass" of their own creation – a totally rocking album that seeks to remake the Catholic mass in a flurry of fast drums, riffing guitars, and mod keyboards! The territory is nothing new – the Electric Prunes, David Axelrod, Mind Garage, and other acts tried the same thing over in the US – but this one's maybe a bit different, as it's coming more from a beat group sound – so has less of the too-heady energy of some of the rest, and instead explodes with a vibe that's more mod 60s London than you might be expecting! The organ gets in plenty of great moments, and the drums keep things moving strongly – on titles that include "Kyrie", "Gloria", "Graduale", "Credo", "Agnus Dei", "Sanctus", "Communio", and "Introitus" – plus Pastoralki selections "Historia O Boznymn Narodzeniu", "Przjaciele Moi", and "Chwalcie Imie Pana". CD
Wojciech Karolak —
Easy! ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
A totally groovy set from mid 70s Poland – and a record that jumps around with the same energy as the best MPS work from the late 60s! The album's a larger group effort from keyboards Wojciech Karolak – one that features work on Hammond and electric piano set against some nicely grooving arrangements from Jan Ptasyn Wroblewski – in styles that are modern, yet also quite funky at times – almost offering a weirdly twisted version of organ-driven records that were coming out on Verve or Blue Note at the end of the 60s. The Novi Singers throw in a bit of wordless vocals on a few tracks in the set, and the record also features nice solos by Tomasz Stanko and Zbigniew Namyslowski – but the main focus is definitely on Karolak's keyboards, which are amazingly versatile throughout the set! Titles include "A Day In The City", "Instant Groove", "Easy", "Why Not Samba", "Seven Shades Of Blue", and "Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
Novi Singers —
Torpedo ... LP PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's one of the group's greatest – a set that really has them pushing past their initial American influences, into a fluid style that was quite revolutionary for the time – and which pushed the style of a vocal group like this to a whole new level. Tracks are complicated, but never too much so – and the mix of male and female voices is brought out beautifully, with similar warmth to the Singers Unlimited sides for MPS – but in a mode that's often much more groovy and hip! Most tunes are originals, and they feel like some of the best sound library vocal work from the time – such as the work of Barbara Moore. Titles include "Hurry Hurry", "Torpedo", "Misfit", "Something Special", "Quartus", "Right Now", "All Together", and "Last Day On Bondi Beach". LP, Vinyl record album
A lost chapter in the career of Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – better known for his recent recordings on ECM, and his classic 60s work with Komeda – but sounding surprisingly great here as well! The album's a relatively straight set of tracks that feature Stanko with a quartet – blowing in a mode that's more forthcoming than on some of his experimental and ethereal sessions – using an earthy tone that seems to dig into the dirt, and come up with bold, new notes. A few tracks have a feel that's a bit like that of Freddie Hubbard in the same period – particularly on the recordings where he was moving back to straight jazz, from electric work. But Stanko's tone is something fierce on the set, and unique his own – especially on the album's few more exploratory numbers. Titles include "Ahuha", "Third Heavy Ballad", "Alusta", and "Daada". LP, Vinyl record album
Kuba Wiecek is definitely multitasking a bit here – adding in some electronics to his own work on alto sax – but never losing the sharp edge that made us like his previous record so much! Kuba's a hell of a talent on his instrument – and blows with a sharply angular mode that we're more likely to hear from a tenorist, especially given that the group is a trio, in a formation first strongly put forward by Sonny Rollins. And yet in a different mode, the addition of electronics as a sort of "voice" next to the alto is a really great thing – not cold, and warmly analogue at most moments – occasionally given some support by electric bass instead of acoustic from Michal Baranski, and touched with occasional glockenspiel moments from drummer Lukasz Zyta. The whole thing makes for an album that still has the strong solo work of Wiecek's other PolskieNagrania record, but also has a wider tonal range. Titles include "Jazz Robots", "Sugarboost", "Tacos In LA", "Eden", "Jazz Masala", "The Day Off", and "Me & My Present Reason". LP, Vinyl record album
With Dayna Stephens on tenor and soprano saxophone, Robert Majewski on fluegelhorn, Grzegorz Nagorski on euphonium, Michal Baranski on bass, Michal Miskiewicz on drums, and Aga Zaryan and Grzgorz Dowdiallo on vocals. LP, Vinyl record album
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
The complete work of this very groovy Polish combo from the 70s – a duo that features work from the legendary Andrzej Korzynski, best known for his famous film work – stepping out here in a sweet set of moog and keyboard-heavy grooves! Had Arp Life been formed a few years earlier, they would have been turning out moog records – ala Hot Butter – but their style here is groovier, funkier, and filled with some of the growing shift in elements both in fusion, and in soul styles as the disco generation approached! The group are almost a precursor to some of the more spacey, cosmic clubby acts that were showing up in the Italian and Parisian scenes – and although they only issued two rare albums back in the 70s, this huge set features triple that material, thanks to a wealth of unissued radio sessions and other recordings. There are vocals on the tracks at times – but usually just chorus responses to the funky rhythms, riffing guitars, and keyboards – and the set features notes in Polish and English, and a whopping 67 tracks in all! CD
Wojciech Karolak —
Easy! ... CD PolskieNagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy ...
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A totally groovy set from mid 70s Poland – and a record that jumps around with the same energy as the best MPS work from the late 60s! The album's a larger group effort from keyboards Wojciech Karolak – one that features work on Hammond and electric piano set against some nicely grooving arrangements from Jan Ptasyn Wroblewski – in styles that are modern, yet also quite funky at times – almost offering a weirdly twisted version of organ-driven records that were coming out on Verve or Blue Note at the end of the 60s. The Novi Singers throw in a bit of wordless vocals on a few tracks in the set, and the record also features nice solos by Tomasz Stanko and Zbigniew Namyslowski – but the main focus is definitely on Karolak's keyboards, which are amazingly versatile throughout the set! Titles include "A Day In The City", "Instant Groove", "Easy", "Why Not Samba", "Seven Shades Of Blue", and "Goodbye". CD
Wedrujmy ... CD PolskieNagrania/GAD (Poland), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
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Prepare to step into a musical world you might never experience otherwise – served up here in a whole host of Polish work from the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – music that runs the gamut from folk rock, to Sunshine Pop, to some of the groovier styles of the psychedelic generation! Lyrics are all in Polish, but these groups have clearly picked up a lot from the Anglo world – especially the American scene on the west coast – and given that the nation was still very much in the grip of the Soviet era, it's amazing how much freedom some of these guys got to let down their hair and do their thing! The package features notes in English throughout, with reproductions of album covers and other details – and the set features 20 tracks in all, with work by Piotr Pastor I Slonce, Portrety, Roszina Pastora, Wawele, No To Co, Trubadurzy, ST 44, Skaldowie, Grupa Boom, and others. CD
Funky big band from Poland – a very groovy set that's right up there with the best large group 70s sessions on MPS! The group here is very heavy on the horns – lots of trumpets and saxes – underscored by some hipper rhythms that include a bit of guitar, electric bass, and keyboards – never too much to make the record an electric one, but enough to push an older jazz mode into some groovier territory for the 70s! There's a tight stepping feel to the best numbers, and a soaring, spacious sensibility to the rest – almost a soundtrack sort of approach, given the deep colors and tones in the set. The album features a great funky remake of "Madrox", with a nice cop show break at the start, plus the funky numbers "Hey Man", "Sorcery", and "Music For My Friends". CD
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Halina Frackowiak with SBB —
Geira ... CD PolskieNagrania/GAD (Poland), 1978. New Copy ...
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There's a really cool meeting of talents going on here – lead vocals from Polish singer Halina Frackowiak, and backings by prog power trio SBB – who change up their groove in some nice ways for the record! We mostly know SBB for their long-form, fusion-styled jams – but here, they compact that energy into shorter, tighter songs that often have a funky rock style that draws equally from the vocals in the lead, and from the keyboards of Jozef Skrzek! Titles include "Piesn Geiry", "Snij Tylko Szczescie", "Jestes Spoznionym Deszczem", "W Powszednie Dni", and "Brzegi Lagodne". CD