15 rare and unpublished tracks from one of Poland’s seminal jazz musicians. Upbeat grooves, dreamy bossa novas plus some fine easy listening tunes. Fiery trumpets, sweet saxophones and witty vibraphone solos – all this and more encompassed in fifteen short musical forms recorded with Günther Gollasch’s big band throughout the 1970s.

The signature sound of Jerzy Milian’s vibraphone (heard most notably in the recordings of Krzysztof Komeda and Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski) has managed to grasp the attention of jazz devotees all over the globe for nearly half a century. Yet Milian is also an esteemed composer and an arranger of skill and imagination whose talent and ingenuity were recognised by many, including the Jazzanova collective. While the artist’s solo discography is rather scant, all of his releases are much sought for (and even more paid for!). The „Jerzy Milian Tapes” series will feature a profusion of lost and unreleased recordings, all retaining a strong flavour of many different shades of jazz. And yes, it was all written by the man alone!

The tracks have been exquisitely remastered and are accompanied by a lavish booklet featuring previously unseen photos and the artist’s amusing reminiscences (also in English). A must-have for all the fans of the Polish jazz and big band grooves!

1. Acht und Dreizig
2. Wo ist die Socke
3. Die Bunten Balkone
4. Melodie über Einsamkeit
5. Signor Cosmalino
6. Bagira
7. Melodie für Miehatsch
8. Glück beim Zahnarzt
9. Wasserpfeife Blues
10. Kindermärchen
11. Wann Wo Warum
12. Der Lustige Witwer
13. Vier Tapfere Kollegen
14. Treffung S-Bahn
15. Mademoiselle Horror

Jerzy Milian – wibrafon
Rundfunk-Tanzorchester Berlin, dyr. Günter Gollasch

GAD CD 005
Jerzy Milian Tapes 01
OUT: 8.12.2012
FILE UNDER: Jazz / Big-Band / Easy listening