A Polish jazz legend returns in the third part of the acclaimed series of recordings from the artist’s private archives. After a music trip to East Berlin with easy listening tunes (on “When Where Why”, recorded from 1972 to 1979), and a swinging visit to the 1960’s Czech Prague (“Blues for Prague”, recordings from 1965 to 1966), the time came for documenting the cooperation with the Belgian big band BRT on the album Jerzy Milian Tapes. Imaginativeness and ambition: this describes the recordings well.

In the 1980’s, Jerzy Milian was a one-man institution on the Polish music market. He led the Orkiestra Rozrywkowa PRiTV (the Polish Radio and Television Entertainment Orchestra) in Katowice, with which he made numerous recordings and played hundreds of shows. He composed songs and arranged jazz standards; he even prepared a collection of jazz carols for an a cappella vocal group! He found time in his demanding schedule to refresh contacts with the Belgian big band BRT, with whom he had been working since 1966. The final stage of cooperation with the Belgians, as documented in the album “Stratus Nimbus”, is the complex, thrilling collection of compositions that glitter with all the colors of the musical rainbow. It is testimony to the fact that jazz can tell a story as beautifully as classical music and that jazz does not have to consist of a single theme with a number of similar improvisations.

The material, remastered from the original tapes, is accompanied – as in the previous parts of the series – by a large booklet with the artist’s memories and unique pictures. The next parts of the series, including the Jerzy Milian Trio recordings, are being prepared.

1. Ora et Colabora
2. Stratus Nimbus
3. Silesian Sketches
4. Kara-Kum
5. Sketches from China
6. Living Inside Two Worlds

BRT Jazzorkest, cond. Etienne Verschueren (1-5),
BRT Jazzorkest, cond. Freddy Sunder (5)
BRT Jazzorkest, BRT Choir & Nick Fisette – flh (6)

GAD CD 009
Jerzy Milian Tapes 03
OUT: 14.10.2013
FILE UNDER: Jazz / Big-Band