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Monday, June 11, 2018

Zbigniew Namyslowski Quintet

Back in 1964, Zbigniew Namyslowski set Newcastle on fire after a memorable session at the New Orleans Club. I wasn't actually there but the number of people 'of a certain age' who have, over the years, waxed eloquent about it (substitute 'waxed eloquent' with raved) makes me think I had been there!. Listening to the album, Lola, recorded around that time makes me realise I was there, albeit in spirit rather than in person.
Let's move forward some 54 years to the July, 2018, issue of DownBeat where we discover a mention, if not a review, of the aforementioned alto player who actually released a newly recorded album last year - Polish Jazz--Yes! Warner Music is the company that released the disc and, if it is half as good as Lola then seek it out. Who knows, it might even be better! 
Lance.

2 comments :

Tomasz Furmanek (on F/b) said...

Wow! Zbigniew Namyslowski is amazing, a true giant and legend of Polish jazz! He represents all that's best in Polish jazz, and in jazz generally!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Lance
I think I've mentioned before, I was at this memorable session. Never heard anything quite like it. Fantastic. My other main recollection of the New Orleans Club is the regular session of a quartet fronted by a very modern tenor sax player, Jeff Hedley. I think Bill Harper was in the band, Joe Young on guitar and I can't remember the bass player - do you know? I think they played a lot of Jeff's original compositions. I've often wondered what became of Jeff Hedley. I think someone said, quite a while back, that he worked at DHSS, Longbenton. Good memories of those heady days. New Orleans Club on Forth Bank and Club Agogo up on Percy Street. There I remember Alex Harvey Soul Band and Spencer Davis Group (with the amazing 17 year old Steve Winwood) in particular.
Roly


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