Zbigniew Seifert

Zbigniew Seifert (June 6, 1946 — Feb. 15, 1979) was a 1970s Polish jazz-rock violinist who appeared on albums by Tomasz Stańko, Volker Kriegel, Jan “Ptaszyn” Wróblewski, Joachim Kühn, and Jasper van’t Hof during the first half of the decade. In 1974, he participated in the Hans Koller / Wolfgang Dauner super-project Kunstkopfindianer. Between 1976 and […]

Young Power

Young Power were a Polish jazz-rock ensemble that released three albums on Power Bros and Polskie Nagrania Muza between 1986 and 1989. Members: Krzysztof Popek (flute), Krzysztof Zawadzki (percussion), Piotr Wojtasik (trumpet), Antoni Gralak (trumpet), Robert Jakubiec (trumpet), Robert Majewski (trumpet), Grzegorz Nagórski (trombone), Bronisław Duży (trombone), Aleksander Korecki (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone), Kinior (tenor […]

Zbigniew Namysłowski

Zbigniew Namysłowski (born Sept. 9 1939) is a Polish saxophonist and composer who first recorded with The Jazz Rockers during the early 1960s. Numerous solo and collaborative recordings appeared over the next half-century, most notably a run of jazz-rock albums on Polskie Nagrania Muza between 1973 and 1977. Discography: Lola (1964) Zbigniew Namysłowski Quartet (1966 • […]

Voo Voo

Voo Voo are a Polish jazz-rock/folk band from Warszawa, formed in 1986 and debuting that year with a self-titled album on Pronit. The band has released more than 35 albums since that time, including several live recordings and soundtracks. Members:  Wojciech Waglewski (guitar, vocals), Jan Pospieszalski (guitar, bass, 1986-98), Mateusz Pospieszalski (saxophone, vocals), Milo Kurtis […]

Wlodek Gulgowski

Wlodek Gulgowski (February 13, 1944) is a Polish keyboardist and composer who first recorded with Dixieland band Warszawscy Stompersi during the mid-1960s. After relocating to Sweden, he collaborated with vocalist Maritza Horn on a 1972 Columbia (EMI) release and joined jazz-rock supergroup Pop Workshop, which issued two albums on Grammofonverket during 1973 and 1974. He […]

Tadeusz Woźniak

Tadeusz Woźniak (born March 6, 1947) is a Polish singer/songwriter who released a pair of EPs on Polskie Nagrania Muza circa 1969/70, followed by two albums on the label between 1972 and 1974. Discography: Tadeusz Woźniak (EP, 1969) Tadeusz Woźniak (EP, 1970) Tadeusz Woźniak (1972) Tadeusz Woźniak [Odcień Ciszy] (1974)

String Connection

String Connection were a Polish jazz ensemble that released six albums on Poljazz and Polton between 1982 and 1986. Members:  Krzesimir Dębski (violin), Krzysztof Przybyłowicz (drums), Zbigniew Wrombel (bass guitar), Zbigniew Lewandowski (drums), Andrzej Olejniczak (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone), Krzysztof Ścierański (bass guitar), Andrzej Jagodziński (piano) Discography: Workoholic (1982) New Romantic Expectation (1983) Jazz (1984) […]

Spisek Sześciu

Spisek Sześciu were a Polish jazz-rock sextet that issued the album Complot of Six on Polskie Nagrania Muza in 1975. Members: Adam Bielawski (drums), Andrzej Pluszcz (guitar), Bogusław Razik (piano), Włodzimierz Wiński (saxophone), Leszek Paszko (trombone), Zbigniew Czwojda (trumpet) Discography: Complot of Six (1975)

Siekiera

Siekiera were a Polish coldwave/art-punk band from Puławy, formed in 1983 and initially active for five years. In 1986, the band released a standalone single and the album Nowa Aleksandria on Tonpress. A clutch of 1984-era demos and live recordings were collected on two CDs released by W Moich Oczach in the late 2000s. Members: […]

Skaldowie

Skaldowie are a Polish pop/rock band that has been active through numerous iterations for more than a half-century, starting in 1965. Between 1967 and 1989, the band released 14 studio albums, mostly on Pronit and Polskie Nagrania Muza. Members: Jacek Zieliński (vocals, trumpet, violin), Andrzej Zieliński (vocals, keyboards, 1965-81, 1993-present), Feliks Naglicki (bass, guitar, 1965-67), […]

SBB

The Silesian Blues Band — commonly billed as SBB — are a Polish symphonic/space-rock band from Siemianowice Śląskie, formed in 1971. The band debuted with an eponymous 1974 live set on Polskie Nagrania Muza, followed by seven studio albums on that label as well as Intercord, Spiegelei, and Supraphon between 1975 and 1981. Members: Józef […]

Republika

Republika were a Polish New Wave/coldwave band that released two albums on Pronit and three singles on Tonpress between 1983 and 1986. A five-year break preceded a second round of activity during the following decade. Members:  Grzegorz Ciechowski (vocals, keyboards, flute), Sławomir Ciesielski (drums, vocals), Zbigniew Krzywański (guitar, vocals), Paweł Kuczyński (bass, 1980-90) Discography: Nowe […]

Porter Band

Porter Band were a Polish New Wave/blues-rock combo that was initially active between 1979 and 1982, releasing the album Helicopters on Pronit and a live recording on Wifon. Members:  John Porter (guitar, vocals), Aleksander Mrożek (guitar, 1979-82), Kazimierz Cwynar (bass, 1979-82), Leszek Chalimoniuk [aka Les Chalimon] (drums, 1979), Wojciech Morawski (drums, 1980-82) Discography: “Freeze Everybody” […]

Perfect

Perfect are a Polish hard-rock band that debuted with a 1981 EP on Tonpress, followed by a pair of 1982 albums on that label and Polskie Nagrania Muza. A 1983 live album on Savitor preceded a 10-year gap in recording. Subsequent decades witnessed more prolific live and studio output from the band. Members: Wojciech Morawski […]

Orkiestra Ósmego Dnia

Orkiestra Ósmego Dnia was a Polish classical/folk project headed by flutist Jan A. P. Kaczmarek. The project yielded three albums on Savitor between 1982 and 1985. Members: Jan A. P. Kaczmarek (leader, strings, flute), Grzegorz Banaszak (guitar), Maciej Talaga (guitar, 1984-89), Ewa Iżykowska, Agnieszka Dondajewska, Robert Nakoneczny, Olga Szwajger, Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Ścierański (bass guitar) […]

Obywatel G.C.

Obywatel G.C. (Aug. 29, 1957 — Dec. 22, 2001) was the performing alias of Polish New Wave/coldwave musician Grzegorz Ciechowski, who released two albums and a soundtrack under the name on Tonpress and Polskie Nagrania Muza during the late 1980s. Discography: Obywatel G.C. (1986) Tak! Tak! (1988) Stan strachu (OST, 1989)

Michał Urbaniak

Michał Urbaniak (born Jan. 22, 1943) is a Polish violinist, saxophonist, and composer who first recorded with Warszawa post-bop quintet The Jazz Rockers during the early 1960s. He debuted as a bandleader with two albums on Spiegelei circa 1971/72. Emigrating to the United States in 1973, he recorded a string of jazz-funk albums over the […]

Urszula Dudziak

Urszula Dudziak (born Oct. 22, 1943) is a Polish jazz vocalist who first recorded in the late-1960s jazz combo Urbaniak’s Orchestra with then-husband Michał Urbaniak. In 1973, the couple migrated to the U.S. and backed each other on numerous jazz-rock albums over the ensuing decade. Her profile peaked with the 1975–1977 Arista releases Urszula and Midnight […]

Urszula

Urszula Kasprzak (born Feb. 7, 1960) is a Polish pop/rock singer who first emerged as a backing vocalist for Budka Suflera, serving in the band from 1979 to 1982. She released two solo albums in the New Wave/synthpop vein circa 1983/84 on Savitor and Polton, followed by two late-’80s titles on Arston and Polskie Nagrania […]

Klaus Mitffoch

Klaus Mitffoch were a Polish New Wave/art-punk band that released three singles and a self-titled album on Tonpress between 1983 and 1985. Under the modified nameplate Klaus mit Foch, the band issued the sophomoric Mordoplan on Polskie Nagrania Muza in 1988. Members: Kazimierz Sycz (drums, 1979-81), Lech Janerka (bass, vocals, 1979-84), Krzysztof Pociecha (guitar, 1979-84), […]

Anawa

Anawa were a Polish folk/pop/jazz band that was active for nearly four decades, starting in 1966. The band backed lyricist/composer Marek Grechuta during the 1970s and released a self-titled album on Polskie Nagrania Muza in 1973. Members: Marek Grechuta (vocals, 1966-72, 1976-1989, 1994-2003), Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz (piano, 1966-73, 1976-80), Tadeusz Dziedzic (guitar, 1967-?), Zbigniew Wodecki […]

Maanam

Maanam were a Polish pop/rock band from Warszawa, formed in 1975. Adopting the New Wave aesthetic, the band released a self-titled debut album on Wifon in 1980, followed by 12 further albums on Pronit, Polton, and other labels over the next quarter-century. Members:  Marek Jackowski (guitar), Milo Kurtis (guitar, 1975-77), Kora [Olga Jackowska] (vocals, 1976-2008), […]

Laboratorium

Laboratorium were a Polish jazz-rock band that released six albums and three live recordings on assorted labels between 1973 and 1986. Members:  Janusz Grzywacz (piano), Marek Stryszowski (vocals, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet), Paweł Ścierański (guitar, acoustic guitar), Maciej Górski (bass guitar), Mieczysław Górka (drums), Wacław Łoziński (flute), Krzysztof Ścierański (bass), Jan Pilch (percussion), […]

Krzysztof Sadowski

Krzysztof Sadowski (born Dec. 15, 1936) is a Polish keyboardist, composer, and bandleader who emerged in the early 1960s as a big-band/post-bop ensemble player. During the 1970s, he headlined five albums in solo and combo configurations on Pronit, Poljazz, and Polskie Nagrania Muza, some featuring his flutist/vocalist wife Liliana Urbańska. Discography: Krzysztof Sadowski and his […]

Krzak

Krzak were a Polish blues-rock band from Katowice, formed in 1972. The band released three shortplayers between 1979 and 1981 on Tonpress, followed by a debut live album on Pronit. Two studio albums and a second live release, also issued by the two labels, appeared during 1982 and 1983. Members: Jan Błędowski (violin, 1972-81, 2001-present), […]

Krystyna Prońko

Krystyna Prońko (born Jan. 14, 1947) is a Polish jazz-pop/soul singer who released seven albums on Pronit and Wifon between 1975 and 1989. Discography: Krystyna Prońko (1975) Deszcz w Cisnej (1978) 1980 (1980) Krystyna Prońko (1982) Kolędy (1984) Subtelna Gra (1987) Album Krystyny Prońko (1989)

Kombi

Kombi are a Polish pop/rock band from Gdańsk that has been active through numerous iterations since 1969. Between 1980 and 1985, a New Wave/synthpop configuration of the band released four albums on Pronit, Wifon, and Polskie Nagrania Muza. Members:  Sławomir Łosowski (keyboards, programming, vocals, 1969-94, 2004-present), Andrzej Kyś (percussion, 1969-71), Lech Badełek (guitar, 1969-70), Jacek […]

Janusz Muniak

Janusz Muniak (Jan. 3 1941 — Jan. 31, 2016) was a Polish saxophonist, composer, and arranger who was active on the European jazz scene for half a century, first recording with the Andrzej Trzaskowski Quintet in 1965. In 1978, he debuted as a bandleader with the Polskie Nagrania Muza release Question Mark, recorded with his […]

Jan “Ptaszyn” Wróblewski

Jan “Ptaszyn” Wróblewski (born March 27, 1936) is a Polish saxophonist, composer, arranger, and bandleader from Kalisz, active since the late 1950s. Between 1972 and 1984, he headlined eight albums in solo and combo configurations, peaking in popularity with the 1976 Anex release Skleroptak. Discography: Sweet Beat (1972) Biały kruk czarnego krążka – Klub Płytowy […]

Heavy Metal Sextet

Heavy Metal Sextet were a Polish post-bop/jazz-rock ensemble that released two albums in 1984 on Poljazz. Members: Waldemar Szymański (trumpet, violin), Tadeusz Jakubowski (alto saxophone), Janusz Kowalski (tenor saxophone), Jarosław Małys (piano), Mariusz Bogdanowicz (double bass), Henryk Stanoszek (drums, 1982), Jacek Sobek (drums, 1982), Mirosław Sitkowski (drums, 1983-present) Discography: Heavy Metal Sextet – HMS (1984) […]

Halina Frąckowiak

Halina Frąckowiak (born April 10, 1947) is a Polish jazz-rock/folk vocalist who released five albums on Polskie Nagrania Muza and Wifon between 1974 and 1987. Her sophomoric 1977 effort Geira features backing by Siemianowice Śląskie space-rockers SBB. Discography: Idę (1974) Geira (1977) Ogród Luizy (1981) Serca Gwiazd (1983) Halina Frąckowiak (1987)

Extra Ball

Extra Ball were a Polish jazz-rock band that released five albums and a live recording on Polskie Nagrania Muza and Poljazz between 1976 and 1982. Members: Jarosław Śmietana (guitar), Piotr Prońko (baritone saxophone, 1974-75), Władysław Sendecki (electric piano, 1974-77), Jan Cichy (bass, 1974-77), Benedykt Radecki (drums, 1974-76), Andrzej Olejniczak (saxophone, 1976-77), Marek Stach (drums, 1976-77), […]

Exodus

Exodus were a Polish symphonic/art-rock band that released six shortplayers on Tonpress between 1978 and 1985, a period that also yielded two longplayers on Polskie Nagrania Muza. Members: Andrzej Puczyński (guitar), Wojciech Puczyński (bass), Władysław Komendarek (keyboards), Paweł Birula (vocals, guitar), Zbigniew Fyk (drums), Marek Wójcicki (guitar), Kazimierz Barlasz (vocals), Jacek Olejnik (keyboards), Bogdan Łoś […]

Dżamble

Dżamble were a Polish jazz-rock/psych band from Kraków that was active for 15 years, starting in 1966. The band issued the album Wołanie o słońce nad światem in 1971 on Polskie Nagrania Muza and a trio of 1978/79 singles on Tonpress. Members:  Wiesław Wilczkiewicz (guitar, 1966-72), Tadeusz Gogosz (bass, 1966-67), Jan Budziaszek (percussion, 1966-67), Edward Anioł […]

N.Æ.

Niemen Aerolit (N.Æ.) was a Polish jazz-rock/electronic project headed by Czesław Niemen. The project yielded two albums circa 1974/75 on Polskie Nagrania Muza, followed by a double-LP-plus-EP for the label in 1978. Members: Czesław Niemen (vocals, alto saxophone, Moog synthesizer, Mellotron), Jacek Gazda (bass), Jan Błędowski (violin), Maciej Radziejewski (guitar), Sławomir Piwowar (guitar), Andrzej Nowak […]

Budka Suflera

Budka Suflera were a Polish symphonic/hard-rock/pop band from Lublin that was active for 45 years, starting in 1969. Between 1975 and 1987, the band released eight albums and assorted shortplayers on Polton, Pronit, and Polskie Nagrania Muza. Members:  Krzysztof Cugowski (vocals, 1969-78, 1984-2014), Romuald Lipko (guitar, bass, keyboards, 1970-2014), Andrzej Ziółkowski (guitar, bass, 1969-82), Zbigniew […]

Bemibem

Bemibem were a Polish soul-pop band that released the album Bemowe Frazy in 1974 on Polskie Nagrania Muza. Members: Ewa Bem (vocals), Paweł Dąbrowski (bass), Mariusz Mroczkowski (piano), Aleksander Bem (drums, vocals), Tomasz Jaśkiewicz (guitar, 1973-75), Wojciech Waglewski (guitar, 1975-76) Discography: Bemowe Frazy (1974)

Aya RL

Aya RL were a Polish coldwave band that debuted with a single on Tonpress in 1984, followed by a self-titled album on that label in 1985. Members: Igor Czerniawski (keyboards, drums, vocals), Paweł Kukiz (vocals, 1983-90), Jarek Lach (guitar, 1983-86, 1990-98), Robert Milewski (keyboards, 1983), Adam Romanowski (guitar, 1989-90) Discography: “Oczy, Które…” / “Księżycowy Krok” […]

Arp-Life

Arp-Life were a Polish jazz-funk studio ensemble that released the album Jumbo Life in 1976 on Polskie Nagrania Muza, followed by the cassette-only Z Bezpieczną Szybkością in 1978 on Wifon. Members: Ryszard Szumlicz (drums), Mateusz Święcicki (keyboards, synthesizer, conductor), Maciej Śniegocki, Jan Jarczyk (keyboards, synthesizer), Sławomir Kulpowicz (keyboards, synthesizer), Paweł Perliński (keyboards, synthesizer), Janusz Pliwko […]

Alex Band

Alex Band were a Polish jazz-funk big band that released six albums on assorted labels between 1979 and 1985. Members: Aleksander Maliszewski (leader, conductor), Wiesław Wilczkiewicz (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Piotr Piekielny (alto saxophone, clarinet), Jacek Nowak (bass guitar), Krzysztof Szachnowski (clavinet, electric piano, keyboards), Andrzej Tylec (drums), Marek Walarowski (piano, electric piano), Paweł Serafiński […]