Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kocani Orkestar meets Paolo Fresu & Antonello Salis "Live"

Paolo Fresu - trumpet, flugelhorn;
Antonello Salis - piano, accordion;
Furio Di Castri - bass
Kocani Orkestar:
Durak Demirov - saxophone,
Turan Gaberov - trumpet,
Sukri Kadriev - trumpet,
Nijazi Alimov - bariton tuba,
Saban Jasarov - tapan,
Suad Asanov - bass tuba,
Dedzai Durmisev - bariton tuba,
Sukri Zejnelov bariton tuba,
Dzeladin Demirov - clarinet,vocals,
Ajnur Azizov - vocals.


01. Notti a Mogadiscio [06:15]
02. Gajda [08:20]
03. ...Del Viaggio [06:13]
04. Papigo [08:32]
05. Variazioni Sul Ballo [06:53]
06. Jacquelina [07:19]
07. Siki Siki Baba [08:22]
08. Good By Macedonia [09:09]
09. Red Bull [07:01]

#1,3,5,7,9 Recorded live in Ravenna, on February 25, 2004.
#2,4 Recorded live in Foligno on February 29, 2004.
#6,7 Recorded live in Roma on March 01, 2004.


This one leaps out to the edge, with the inimitable Balkan brass band joined by two Italian jazz experimenters for a raucous, surprising and completely unexpected set of musical adventures. 60 minures of great music from various live performances during late February and early March of 2004

Kocani Orkestar arrive in Sardinia to play at Time in Jazz Festival 2007:
Time in Jazz 2007:

Photo gallery:

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Olo Walicki - Kaszëbë

Olo Walicki - double bass, guitar, keyboard,
Piotr Pawlak - guitar,
Kuba Staruszkiewicz - drums, timpani,
Cezary Paciorek - accordion, Hammond organ;
Damroka Kwidzinska - recitation,
Maria Namyslowska - vocal,
Karolina Amirian - vocal,
voice of Roza Ostrowska in #6
(from radio broadcast recorded at Radio Gdansk on December 31, 1972)


01. Wanoznice [04:08]
02. Czas Ca goni [06:18]
03. Wiedno Te [07:07]
04. Zemia Mojo [06:43]
05. Przechodom do Ce [06:44]
06. Te Dwa [06:12]
07. Tatczezna [05:46]
08. Bro [02:57]

All Kashubian lyrics by Damroka Kwidzinska
Recorded in Wdzydze Kiszewskie, autumn 2006

Olo Walicki (Olgierd Walicki) - double bass player and bass guitarist, born on 21 December 1974 in Gdansk.
In 1989 Olo Walicki together with the clarinet player Jerzy Mazzoll founded his first band Niebieski Lotnik. In the 90's he was a co-author of the yass scene. He performed with Miłość, Maciej Sikała Trio, Chamber Meeting, Mikołaj Trzaska Quartet and with Łoskot. He worked with outstanding musicians: Zbigniew Namysłowski, Jan "Ptaszyn" Wróblewski, Zbigniew Preisner, Adam Pierończyk, Brandon Furman, Frank Calberg, Greg Tardy and a vocalist Christine Correa. He cooperated with the Muniek Staszczyk Band, Szwagierkolaska, and with such groups as: Oczi Cziorne, Chili My, Agape. He performed in duo with the vocalist Mika Urbaniak and in trio Euro Commissars with Finnish guitarist Kall Kallima and German percussion player Maurice de Martin. In 2003 he started working with Polish writer Ingmar Villqist. He composed music for theater "Sprawa Miasta Ellmit" (2003) and "Helmucik" (2004) and for the performance "Oskar and Ruth" (2006) in Katakomben Theaters in Essen.

Together with Leszek Możdżer, Maurice de Martin and The Gdańsk Philharmonic Brass Quartet created a project "Metalla Pretiosa", which premiere took place in 2003 at the 45th Festival "Jazz Jamboree" in Warsaw. He is an author of the project Olo Walicki Kaszëbë (Damroka Kwidzińska - vocal, Maria Namysłowska - vocal, Piotr Pawlak - guitar, Olo Walicki - double bass, Cezary Konrad - percussion), - a mix of jazz with traditional music from the region of Kaszuby. The project was presented in 2005 at 26. Folk Festival of the European Radio Union. Since 2000 he has been running his own record label Olo Walicki Production.

Recently it has been talked a lot about the record Kaszebe by Olo Walicki, which got excellent reviews in the music circles. In one of them, published in Tygodnik Powszechny, Janusz Jablonski wrote that Kaszebe "is based on brave jazz and contemporary Kashubian poetry. Olo Walicki's septet consists of Damroka Kwidzinska - poetess, who wrote all the lyrics and recited some of them, Karolina Amirian and Maria Namyslowska, who sing the rest, Cezary Paciorek playing accordion and Hammond organ, guitar player Piotr Pawlak, drummer Kuba Staruszkiewicz (Pink Freud) and the leader, playing contrabass, acousting guitar and keyboards. Just for the arrangement of voices, Walicki deserves an award. A duo of the light, girlish voice of Karolina Armiran and the misty, full ofharmonical subtleties alto of Maria Namyslowska makes an immense impression from the first until the last not (...) Personal lyrics by Kwidzinska strongly place the music in its local context.
Thanks to them, the listener is convinced s/he is listening to an important work, and that it was created in purpose (...). For a long time I have not heard such a moving music. I have been listening »Kaszebe« since two weeks, and after having played it a few dozen times, I still have not enough".


#1 "Wanoznice"
#5 "Przechodom do Ce "!v=GsaFItjXIXk

The Kashubs Today (in English):

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Veronika Povilioniene & Petras Vysniauskas - Islek, sakale [Fly, Falcon, Fly]

Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Veronika Povilioniene - vocal


01. Islek, sakale... (Fly, Falcon...) [06:14]
02. Bliuzas (Blues) [03:56]
03. Vai tu dziemed... (Oh, You Wormwood...) [02:45]
04. Sutartine [04:24]
05. Eik, ozeli (Go, Little Goat...) [05:22]
06. Lek gervele (A Crane Is Flying...) [03:14]
07. Kad jau saulute (Cause The Sun...) [04:44]
08. Sutems tamsi (Dark Night Is Coming...) [06:38]
09. Sutartine (Lament) [03:50]
10. Rauda [01:43]
11. Ein motuse (Mother Is Going...) [03:07]

Recorded in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1992.

Veronika Povilionienė, the most famous performer of Lithuanian folk songs, has become a symbol of national culture. Originally from Dzūkija, the singer has inherited the tradition from the old singers of this region. Veronika Povilionienė's voice is strong and evocative; it reveals, with expression, the extraordinary beauty of the Dzūkian monodic songs, their modes and melodic turns. Apart from abundant solo performances and recordings, the singer frequently gives concerts with the folk ensemble Blezdinga and the ensemble of Indian classical music Lyla. The singer is also famous for her collaborations with jazz musicians and contemporary classical composers (saxophonist Petras Vyšniauskas, composers Vidmantas Bartulis and Bronius Kutavičius), other renowned artists, poets and film directors. One of her most notable recent projects is the program of historic and war songs Kada sūneliai sugrįš (When Our Sons Come Back), arranged by the composer Giedrius Svilainis and recorded with the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ Honour Guard Band.

"Soprano saxophonist Petras Vysniauskas, a Lithuanian, is I believe one of the most profoundly original musicians concentrating on that instrument -- his jagged phrases expanded on determinedly original intervals and his sound is powerful -- stronger and more pointed than Sam River's has become, for instance, more densely concentrated than the late Steve Lacy's, if not polyphonic in the manner of Evan Parker." - Howard Mandel, NYC, USA, 2007

"... Petras Vysniauskas is one of the best soprano saxists we've heard in many years ... " - Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC, 2006

"Something of the rugged beauty of the Lithuanian countryside and the passion of many of his fellow countrymen has been breathed into his music. For me Petras Vysniauskas' music remains unforgettable because of his clear, individual concept. The use of themes from traditional folk music is one facet of this saxophonist, who reflects both the modern development in jazz and the sound idioms of the new and latest improvised and composed music. However, as he himself says, his feeling for folk music is part of his musical identity. And he adds: "In Lithuanian folk songs I hear echoes of John Coltrane; I try to combine this with the free form of expression offered by modern jazz". (Bert Noglik/1990)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Enver Izmailov & Geoff Warren - Dancing over the Moon

Enver Izmailov - electric guitars;
Geoff Warren - flute & soprano saxophone;

01. Terrain turquoise [03:36]
02. Touch Down at Falconara [02:23]
03. Ancona danza [08:45]
04. Among the Hops [04:15]
05. Near the Grapes [03:55]
06. Boina [09:10]
07. Dolu [03:25]
08. Lonely Dancer [06:49]
09. Enver's Mood #2 [03:08]
10. Departure [06:38]
11. White Minarets [03:43]

Recorded live at Loft Hinkelstein, Essen, Germany on June 19 & 20, 1995.
Tutu Records

Enver Izmailov is an unique musician who invented "tapping" - a highly original technique of the electric guitar playing (he plays guitar with his both hands on the neck as if it were a keyboard) - knowing nothing about Stanley Jordan who invented the same in US at the same time. His music is a combination of many elements - jazz, Mediterranean and oriental folklore, classical harmony and astonishing virtuosity.
Enver Izmailov:
live 2006 part1
live 2006 part2
Geoff Warren:
Donna Lee

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Michal Czachowski - Indialucia

Michal Czachowski - flamenco guitars, palmas, tanpura, kanjira, shakers, palo de agua, swarmandal, djembe, cajón, gong, voice, arrangements;
Avaneendra Sheolikar - sitar
Sandesh Popatkar - tabla
Pierluca Pineroli - cajón, tabla, sabar, caxixi, triangle, konnakol, choirs
Prasad Khaapadre - vocal;
Domingo Patricio - flute;
Giridhar Udupa - ghatam, morsing, konnako;
Maria Pomianowska - sarangi;
Carlos Troya - zapateado, jaleo;
Sagar Jarel - dholak;
Yrvis Mendez - fretless bass guitar;
Tomasz Pala - piano;
Adam Glosnicki - bass guitar;
Ireneusz Wyrobek - palmas;
Barbara Czachowska- choirs;
string quartet [members of "Aukso" Chamber Orchestra]:
Marta Huget-Skiba - violin;
Natalia Walawska - violin;
Anna Grzybala - viola;
Aleksandra Steczek -cello;

01. Raag & Olé (Rumba) [05:22]
02. Nagpur (Sevillanas/Dhun) [04:08]
03. Herencia hindú (Soleá por Bulerías) [06:42]
04. Taliquete (Jaleo) [03:26]
05. Mohabbat ka khazana (Tangos/Qawwali) [05:16]
06. Gujari todi (Raga) [08:05]
07. Kyabathe (Bulerías) [06:37]
08. Indialucía (Intro) [02:15]
09. Indialucía (Zambra) [05:15]
10. Amanecer (Martinete) [02:53]

Recorded in India & Spain 1999-2004

This musical project combines two musical styles – Classical Indian Music and the Flamenco. The original concept is from producer / musician – Michal Czachowski himself. The result of his work is an album which shows how much Flamenco and its “distant roots” - Indian Music have in common.


Miguel Czachowski
Flamenco guitarist, composer, architect. Born in 1974 into a family of flamenco lovers where he was raised in a flamenco music environment. At the age of 12 he began learning to play the guitar. After his initial studies he took master classes from professional flamenco players such as Rafael Cortés, Salva del Real and Gerardo Núñez, which solidified his complete dedication to flamenco. In 1992, he formed a flamenco group gradually enlarging the numbers of the artists from a duo to septet. His group "Viva Flamenco!" plays both traditional and contemporary flamenco mixed with influences of Indian and Jazz music. Performing both as a solo artist and also with his musical group, Miguel has won first prizes in many folk festivals and is now the leading flamenco player in his country. He has performed and recorded with many great artists and groups and he concretised all over Poland as well as abroad (Austria, Germany, Italy, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belarus, Oman and India). For several years he has been teaching flamenco guitar, and writing articles and interviews, promoting the art of flamenco music in magazines as "Flamenco International Magazine", "Jazz Forum" and "Swiat Gitary". In 1998, after a performance in Italy, he was invited to India to teach flamenco guitar at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Nagpur. There he started studying Indian music, learning to play the sitar under the guidance of Avaneendra Sheolikar. His fascination for flamenco and Indian music inspired him to go back to the roots of the Gypsy music and record CD titled Indialucia.

Indialucia is a musical project, which fuses two fascinating styles of music: Indian and Flamenco music. The album expresses both the human and musical fusion of these cultures, which could have had a common ancestor. Improvisation and rhythm are the common elements in both styles and are essential to the continued existence of this music. The recordings were made between 1999 and 2004 mostly in India and Spain. Many great artists from the two continents performed. This album is the result of the years of work, which for the first time demonstrates the common elements of flamenco and its Indian roots fused into one art form.
The album was distinguished with the 1st prize "Best Album of the Year 2005" Wirtualne Gesle and 2nd music critics' prize at the New Tradition competition for the "Folk Phonogram of 2005" award.


Michal Czachowski
Born in 1974, Michal grew up under the influence of flamenco music. When he was twelve, he started to learn the guitar. In 1992, he founded a music group “Viva Flamenco”, which won already some musical awards.
In 1998, after the performance at the international festival in Italy, he accepted an invitation to go to the Musical Academy in Nagpur, India. There he worked as the guitar teacher and at the same time he learned to play an Indian musical instrument - sitar.
He composed a lot of music for telvesion and radio programs, performed in India and many European countries. We too were fortunate to witness his performance at the concert in Borotin in 2004.

I have got this CD as a present during the Adi Shakti seminar in Poland. It is one of the most incredible CDs I have ever heard. The synthesis of the flamenco guitar and sitar in conjunction with the other Indian musical instruments is unbelievable. I picked up the phone and called Michal. The Sahaja Yogis already knew him from the performance at the Borotin Festival 2004, where he fascinated the audience with his guitar mastery. Afterwards, via e-mail, Michal answered a few of my questions.
Interview with Michal Czachowski here...


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ti Jaz - Ti Jazz en concert: Musiques Bretonne Aujourd'hui

Olivier Mell - bombards;
Richard Dilly - electric bass;
Olivier Le Gallo - drums;
Camille Ollivier - alto & soprano saxophone, bombard;
Bruno Brochet - tenor saxophone;
Didier Queron - tenor & baritone saxes;
Eric Richard - accordion;
Vincent Bucher - harmonica.
Recorded in Paris on February 19,20 & 21, 1993.


01. Les filles de Lannion [05:28]
02. Suite de gavottes (rotavator 1) [04:40]
03. Concept [01:56]
04. Rotavator 2, le retour [06:53]
05. An daou vreur [03:48]
06. Terre battue [08:49]
07. Bamenjou [05:25]
08. Suites plin (ton simple) [03:35]
09. bal [02:10]
10. ton double [03:15]
11. Loudia [07:21]
12. Kost'er hoed [05:32]
13. Tricot [03:08]

"C’est le groupe mythique du jazz celtique de l’Ile de France ... 1982, date de naissance du groupe et pendant 20 ans, ils se sont produits dans de nombreux pays. Quelle notoriété ! Pendant 20 ans, ils ont fait le bonheur des passionnés de musiques celtiques adaptées à notre époque, et des danseurs dans les bals folk car c’est aussi très dansant ...
Répertoire musical : un mélange de swing, jazz, funk aux airs traditionnels ; des mélodies du Trégor ou de Spézet et le rythm’n blues ... . quelle originalité et qualité musicales !" (

"While there are bands in abundance resurrecting the folk traditions of Brittany, there are only a handful that are expandiing those traditions. Ti jaz is one of them. Starting with a band of bass, drums and accordion, they have added the instruments of jazz: saxophones, and the instrument of ancient France: the bombarde, a raspy, woodwind with a bagpipe-like sound. So, too, have they melded these musical elements, the melodies and ideas of early French music with the improvisation of free jazz and the gut of rock. They pay hommage to the "ideal jazz" bands of 1940s and players like Yves Menez, who used horns, fiddle, accordion and banjo to create a new French folk music. In that same spirit, Ti Jaz sprawl across the musical landscape, one minute a dark dirge on bombarde, the next firing off a slap bass and drum riff that would settle in nicely at The Knitting Factory. The eight instrumental works on Rêves Sauvages are sometimes chaotic, often lyrical and always challenging. They achieve power without electricity, a power intrinsic in the instruments and the source material." (


Olivier Mell:

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bronislaw Duzy & Jorgos Skolias - Do It

Bronislaw Duży -trombone;
Jorgos Skolias -vocals, percussion;
01. Afryka [06:00]
02. Piec napiec [05:07]
03. Kolo [06:08]
04. Bluesdla [07:06]
05. Imena [04:55]
06. Zolo [03:34]
07. Foxy Lady [03:43]
08. Zeimbekiko [06:19]
09. Pentagon [05:52]

Recorded on November & December 1997
excerpt # No 7.
Recorded in Saloniki, Greece on February 27, 1997 & March 06, 1997
CD Sound CDSCD 110


Skolias / Duzy -Zeimbekiko

Skolias / Duzy - Foxy Lady

About musicians

in English:

JORGOS SKOLIAS – vocalist, composer

His parents were Greek political refugees. He grew up in a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse young environment. He took part in events organised by the Greek minority, becoming involved not only in Greek music, but also trying rock and blues. He remembers his youth in Zgorzelec as being extremely inspiring.
In the 1970s he became involved with Wroclaw’s very active and exciting rock and blues scene, working with the bands Nurt, Grupa 1111 and Spisek Szesciu.
His own professional career began in 1982, when he joined the jazz rock formation “KRZAK”, soon attracting the interest of a number of searching, innovative musicians, from whom he received offers of live concert work and recording opportunities. He spent over a year with the band Osjan. Between 1988 and 1991 he was the vocalist with Young Power, a group of young, unorthodox artists that demonstrated an important and innovative approach to jazz.
His work with Radosław Nowakowski (the percussionist in Osjan), the bands Tie Break, Pick Up, Free Cooperation, and Tomasz Stańko, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Terje Rypdal, Nikos Touliatos and Bronisław Duży led him to experiment with new visions of music.
He has taken part in several recordings of music for theatre and film.
Jorgos Skolias is a musician seeking not only his own individual formula for the use of the human voice in music, but also inspiration, whether from blues, jazz, rock, or ethnic music, whether that of Greece, Africa or India. He studies ancient forms of vocal techniques, which has enabled him to master the technique of harmonic singing (taking three parts at once).

BRONISLAW DUZY - trombone.

During his career he had an opportunity to participate in many jazz, blues and rock festivals such as: Jazz Jamboree, Jazz nad Odra, Jarocin, Jazz Juniors, Solo Duo Trio, Rawa Blues and other festivals in Austria, Belgium, Norway, Russia, Germany, U.S.A. and Canada.

His CD "Do it" is the result of cooperation with Bronisław Duży with whom Skolias has been working since 1993.This music is a synthesis of different kinds of music genders where inspirations of folk and a varieties of rhythms and tones play a key role. In his music one can find the mood of blues, the expression of soul and a ballad narration. They all are supported by the rhythmic pulsation of trombone."

in Italian:

Jorgos Skolias e Bronislaw Duzy: voce e trombone

Lo stile del complesso è dato dalla sintesi di diversi generi: ispirazione dal folklore, il clima del blues, la narrazione della ballata, l’espressività vocale del soul.

Il cantante polacco più originale, noto per la sua tecnica di canto multivocale. Negli anni ‘80 ha lavorato col complesso Krzak, e coi gruppi Tie Break, Basspace, Free Cooperation, Green Revolution, Ossian, Young Power, Pick up. Con Radoslaw Nowakowski ha inciso il disco Zulu. Ha partecipato a tutti i festival jazz polacchi e ai festival in Belgio, Svezia, Germania, Russia, Norvegia, Grecia.

Diplomato all’Accademia di Musica di Katowice, dove attualmente insegna. Arrangiatore e compositore, dal 1987 è in testa alla classifica “Jazz Top” della rivista “Jazz Forum” (categoria del trombone). Ha collaborato coi complessi Sesja 80, Free Cooperation, Pick up, Twinkle Brothers, Irek Dudek – Blues Band and Symphonic Blues, Young Power, Priest and Big Cork. Ha preso parte ai festival jazz in Polonia e a Stoccolma, Oslo, Riga, Novosibirsk, Mosca, Budapest, Praga, Monaco, Berlino, Munster, Nancy, Graz, Vienna, Lussemburgo.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Jazz Meets Asia

1-4: Hideo Shibaki Quintet feat. Terumasa Hino & Three Koto Girls
01. Yosakoi-Bushi [04:07]
02. Yamanaka-Bushi [06:48]
03. Matsuri No Genzo [06:15]
04. Suwa [06:13]

5-6: Irene Schweizer Trio & Dewan Motihar Trio with Barney Wilen & Manfred Schoof
05. Sun Love [17:44]
06. Yaad [05:19]

7-11: Tony Scott & The Indonesian All Stars
07. Djanger Bali [06:03]
08. Gambang Sulling [07:11]
09. Ilir Ilir [04:00]
10. Burungkaka Tua [05:20]
11. Summertime [08:13]


Hideo Shiraki - drums
Terumasa Hino - trumpet
Takeru Muraoka - tenor & soprano saxophone, flute
Yuzuru Sera - piano
Hachiro Kurita - bass
Kinuko Shirane - koto
Keiko Nosaka - koto
Sachiko Miyamoto - bass koto

Recorded November 1, 1965 in Berlin;
Original released on "Sakura Sakura" MPS Records 15.064

Dewan Motihar - sitar, vocals
Keshav Sathe - tablas
Kusm Thakur - tambura
Irene Schweizer - piano
Uli Trepte - bass
Mani Neumeier - drums
Manfred Schoof - cornet, trumpet
Barney Wilen - soprano & tenor saxophone

Recorded October 23, 1967;
Original released on "Jazz Meets India" MPS Records 15.142

Tony Scott - clarinet
Bubi Chen - piano, siter, ketjapi
Jack Lesmana - guitar
Marjono - tenor saxophone, flute, vocals
Yopi Chen - bass
Benny Mustafa - drums

Recorded October 27&28, 1967 at SABA Recording Studio, Villingen;
Original released on "Djanger Bali" MPS Records 15.145