Thursday, July 26, 2018

Big Band Katowice - 1977 - Music For My Friends

Big Band Katowice 
1977 
Music For My Friends


01. Happening [2:50]
02. Li'l Darlin' [4:48]
03. Sorcery [4:38]
04. Ballada dla Alicji / The Ballade For Alice [4:30]
05. Madrox [3:41]
06. Hey, Man [7:34]
07. Music For My Friends [7:20]
08. Experience [6:47]

Polish Jazz vol. 52
Recorded in Polskie Radio, Katowice 1977

Zbigniew Kalemba - conductor, leader
Tadeusz Janiak - trumpet
B. Aleksa - trumpet
G. Hartwig - trumpet
Eugeniusz Modliszewski - trumpet
Z. Bankowski - trumpet
M. Kowalski - trumpet
Lucyna Dziwoki - trombone
J. Smolarczyk - trombone
Roman Syrek - trombone
Lukasz Kurek - trombone
S. Rusek - trombone
Jerzy Jarosik - tenor saxophone
Jerzy Glowczewski - alto saxophone
P. Pikielny - alto saxophone
E. Mika - baritone saxophone
S. Nakielski - tenor saxophone
Eugeniusz Okoniewski - tenor saxophone
Andrzej Olejniczak - tenor saxophone
P. Pronko - alto saxophone
Mieczyslaw Wolny - flute
Wojciech Gogolewski - piano
Wladyslaw Sendecki - piano
Jaroslaw Smietana - guitar
Andrzej Trefon - guitar
Jan Cichy - bass
Zbigniew Wegehaupt - bass
C. Szymanski - drums
B. Dziedzic - percussion
Marek Stach - percussion


Katowice, the Capital of Upper Silesia - Poland´s industrial region, was very important to the development of the Polish Jazz scene due to the fact that the local Music Academy was the first and for many years the only higher educational facility teaching a Jazz programme which awarded a degree in Music. The highly dedicated faculty and stuff directed generation after generation of young Polish musicians towards a career in Jazz music and in time the majority of the local Jazz scene was indeed a collection of the Katowice Music Academy alumni, the names of which are simply too numerous to mention. This phenomenon emphasizes the crucial importance of music education and its contribution to Culture. This album presents a Jazz Big Band led by trumpeter / composer Zbigniew Kalemba and comprising of the students of the Katowice Music Academy and guest soloists, some of which were ex-students, such as guitarist Jaroslaw Smietana, bassist Zbigniew Wegehaupt, pianist Wladyslaw Sendecki and many others. They perform eight compositions, five of which are originals and three standards, all beautifully arranged and passionately performed. The majority of the music has a distinct Jazz-Rock Fusion feel, which is not surprising as the genre ruled the local scene in the late 1970s. Since the Polish Jazz series includes only a handful of Big Band recordings, this is a most valuable addition to the overall presentation of the Polish Jazz scene. Warmly recommended!

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