Jerzy Milian – vibraphone
Gustav Brom Orchestra, cond. Gustav Brom
Ted Curson – trumpet (2)
Bill Moody – drums (5-7)
1-2: 1965.10.16, Praga, Ceskoslovensky Rozhlas
3-4: 1965.10.19, Brno, Ceskoslovensky Rozhlas
5-7: 1966.02.01, Brno, Jazz Club
GAD CD 007
© 1965-2013 Jerzy Milian
© 2013 GAD Records
Blues for Praha
GAD CD 007 | Street date: 20.04.2013 (available @ gadrecords.pl od 18.03.2013)
- second volume of the well-received series
- swinging vibraphone orgy powered by Gustav Brom’s big band
- unique live & studio cuts from 1965-66
- superb guests include Ted Curson and Bill Moody
- lavish booklet featuring previously unseen photos and memorabilia
Lo and behold, the second installment of archive recordings by one of Poland’s seminal jazz musicians is out now! This time it’s the 1960s Czechosloviakia pulsating with the sound of Gustav Brom’s big band and Jerzy Milian’s formidable vibe playing. Fiery renderings of jazz standards, passionate solos and exquisite guests. A wonderful combination of American tradition and Prague’s local colour.
Milian, who by mid-1960s had already been an experienced musician and performer, having played with Krzysztof Komeda and Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, accepted Gustav Brom’s invitation to appear at the Prague Jazz Festival in October 1965. The young Polish lad seized the audience during a memorable performance, bringing down the house and becoming the event’s biggest revelation almost instantly. Although the live recordings have not survived, their studio equivalents, laid down at the Czech radio and encompassing the material from the entire show, are now released on CD. The ensemble’s live potential can be heard on three additional live tracks recorded in February 1966 at Brno’s Jazz Club.
Remastered from the original tapes, the album comes with a lavish booklet featuring a comprehensive essay (also in English), the artist’s reminiscences and a bunch of previously unseen photos by Marek Karewicz. „Blues for Praha” continues the bestselling „Jerzy Milian Tapes” series of recordings launched in 2012 with the „When Where Why” album. At least eight more volumes are to follow (the next installment will feature Milian’s Belgian episode).