HANDS - Various Artists
|Rare Jazz/Fusion Gems From Polish
Vaults vol. 2
||£8.50 + VAT
||£8.50 + VAT
Obviously not giving up on digging
into crates and archives. This is the 7th in a series of
Jazz/Fusion Gems From Eastern European Vaults. This time revisiting
the second time. Previous volume has covered 60s and was concentrated
straight ahead jazz, spiritual, free, modal and all the strongest
Polish Jazz at that time (trying not to repeat already re-issued
around the world as well. This volume should be more relaxed
and with more vocals and scatting, funk, Latin and jazz-rock influences
flavours. Still it is compiled in a way that you should be able to sit
comfortable and listen to the whole album as it was done by only one
You can also listen to it in a collector’s way and try to analyse
of that period, but also you can just use it for you dance parties.
universal album that should be able to cover all your musical needs
being professional or novice in this kind of music.
Most of the originals are very rare
like Novi Singer’s 7” with Corea’s Fiesta or £100+ LP by RTV Lodz
None of them comes cheaply on originals. Some of them are well known
certain circles like jazz dance classic Prostachny Gestach by
called CRASH and GRAZYNA
LOBASEWSKA that was played at
many of London’s jazz dance happenings
(and also appeared on one white label bootleg in early 90s) but most of
stayed obscure and known only to some hard-core collectors and
it’s being followed by funky scat vocal tune by KRYSTYNA PRONKO. NOVI
with scatting in Fiesta that also moves us into some Latin,
waters. Akalei by MAZUR smoothly follows the same path using
ingredients: scatting + some fast Latin rhythms. It was recorded live
at Jazz Nad Odrą festival in
1977 with the
Crash band. Third in a row jazz dance, scat tune is by jazz-rock band
LABORATORIUM with some amizing synthy-like vocals. BEMIBEM brings some
sunshine, happiness and kind of hippy feeling to this compilation. I
flowers all around. NAHORNY’s Holding Hands has that “library
it, almost like coming from one of the KPM releases. ORKIESTRA PR I TV
showed that Poland had the equivalent to Erwin Len or RTB Big Band,
powerful Funky Fusion Big Band sound. KAWKA was one of the Novi Singers
The Limit was taken from his solo album. Another vocal tune, this
time on a
funky/soulful side. Back to some Latin waters with Straight Life
KRZYSTOF SADOWSKY from his amazing, real cosmic “On Kosmodromie” album.
MILIAN became quite a familiar name around but still there are many
the man that needs to be discovered. Astrobolid, featuring Novi
being just one of them. Goodby is taken from the same KAROLAK’s
that gave us Why Not Samba and was missed by many who hadn’t
patient enough to wait for the funky break in the middle of the track.
the Hammond fans. This collection is both for your
soul and you dancing shoes. It’s up to you what you gonna use it for.
Both, I guess?
| Supported by:
MITSUURU @ shibuya fm
PHIL LEVINE @ eclectic jazz
DOM SERVINI @ mouseorgan/wah wah 45
DJ BEN G @ right-on fm
CIAN O CIOBHAIN @
ENNIO STYLES @ stylin'
MFP COLLECTIVE @ flyin' high records
STEWART @ urban landscapes
RICHARD E @ further out recordings
KEYSER & SHURIKEN @ crate soul brothers
SIMON HARRISON @ basic soul
ROCKY ROCOCO @
ANN ARBOR @ kfjc
An essential piece of jazz. Nice to know that Poland can get as jazzy
and funky with the best
E (further out
Polish fusion. Really strong compilation. Just my kind
of stuff. Played the whole thing through three times in a
row! The vocal tracks are wicked.
Cosmic Sounds compilation so far!
Go straight to the B side 1 and check the version of the Hancock
classic " Chameleon" and the wicked jazz-salsa of " Straight
life". Two for the Plastic People massive!
Yeah for a
fusion man like myself this is the Sh*T!!!! Zeljko's chooses a
wicked selection of rare polish fusion that's got me all of a
flutter. Worth it for the title cut and the version of Herbie's
cameleon(kamaleon here!) alone.
BEN G (right-on fm)
a great compilation, top quality music, as always!
BEN V (www.myspace.com/d_gubbins)
Sounds is a fascinating London-based label founded in 1999 by
Yugoslavian expatriate Zeljko Kerleta. Dedicated to bringing the
deepest jazz of Eastern Europe to a Western audience, Kerleta’s efforts
have been tireless. The seventh in a series of compilations, Holding
Hands is Kerleta’s second attempt at corralling the weird and wild
world of Polish jazz. His first concentrated on the decade of the 60’s
and was justly weighted toward the works of Jerzy Milian, the famed
Polish vibraphonist who was a ubiquitous presence on recordings of that
era. Milian is a present on this new collection, which moves a decade
ahead to cover the 70’s and beyond but takes a backseat to a pleasingly
varied group of artists. There is a distinct jazz-fusion flavour to the
proceedings, no surprise considering the dates of the recordings, but
that shouldn't scare anyone away, as there are elastic bass lines,
inspired percussion, and a paucity of aimless soloing, the bane of many
a good groove. An intense live cut from Julius Mazur and the group
Crash typifies the airy and energetic feel that moves jazz-loving feet.
Fans of dance-floor jazz will also be happy that Crash’s 1979 uptempo
“prostachny Gestach”, bootlegged as a 12-inch in the ’90, is also
Poland has a rich history of vocal jazz, and we
are treated to several prime examples of that legacy here. The Novi
Singers, perhaps the best-known proponents of the sound, are
represented by the rare 45-only beauty “Fiesta”, and Bemibem, a
connoisseur's favorite, drop two Latiny cuts from their 1974 Bemowe
Frazy LP. Reaching all the way to the brink of the ‘90s, Kerleta has
the brilliant audacity to plunk the effervescent “Sky’s the Limit” from
lead Novi singer Bernard Kawka’s 1989 Metamorphosis LP. It’s a soaring
130 BMP cut that will overlooked by the heavy drum and funk seekers but
will raise the spirits of the open-minded. Kerleta hasn’t neglected the
beat brigade, however. Two tracks from Lodz radio and TV Big Band’s
highly sought-after Srting Beat LP, a puls-raising 1975 slab of
non-stop heavy grooves that trades hands for three figures, bookend the
B-side. Any hard funk aficionado wirth their weight will start saving
after hearing the monster version of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” and
the wicked fuzz funk of “Bez Metlau”.
Available on CD and LP (though the LP is
significantly quieter than usual), this compilation is a fascinating
introduction to Polish jazz-funk fusion and should be sought out.
Fortunately it is only the tip of the iceberg, intrigued listeners
should be sure to delve into the rest of Cosmic Sound’s catalog.
IS THE LIMIT. Bernard Kawka, one time vocalist for the Novi Singers,
recorded this little dancefloor filler in 1989. It has a slight Steely
Dan/Donald Fagen sound and feel to it, which doesn't usually grab my
attention in this way, but this really is a fantastic track. Great
arrangements by Bernard too. He's joined by Polish female vocalist Ewa
Bem who was in a Novi-esque vocal group in the 70's named Bemibem. I'd
never heard of this group before buying the compilation that "Sky's the
Limit" is found on. The comp is titled "Holding Hands - Rare
Jazz/Fusion Gems From Polish Vaults Vol. 2". It's on the English label
"Cosmic Sounds", which must've passed me by because they've been
releasing compilations for at least the past 4 years and I hadn't come
across them before. The "Holding Hands" comp is really suprisingly
good. Every track is a winner.
Wow! My favourite Cosmic Sounds release of the moment, this is a superb LP, from the vocal steaming beginnings of Prostachny Gestach & Oto Przyczyna to the magnificent funked up Herbie Hancock rework Kamaleon on Side B with that amazing melody over a killer groove.
The funky fusion of Holding Hands brilliantly compliments the deeper Jazz tracks from the first Cosmic Sounds Polish Jazz compilation, timeless music.
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