Zbigniew Namysłowski

Zbigniew Namysłowski (born 1939 in Warsaw) - saxophonist, flutist, violinist, trumpeter and pianist, leader of a number of instrumental bands , from the quartet to the orchestra, the composer of numerous  themes of today Polish jazz, innovator responsible for the fascinating marriages of jazz and different species.

He was a member of the first Polish jazz band appearing after the WWII outside the country (with George Matuszkiewicz in Denmark in 1958). He went to perform at the first concerts of Polish musicians in the U.S. in 1962. He was the first Polish jazz musician recorded an album abroad (LOLA, Decca 1967).

For several years he was a member of the band Niemen Enigmatic. He made his contribution memorable by his play on both legendary albums of the band bearing same title in pieces: "Bema pamięci żałobny rapsod" (A Mournful Rhapsody in Memory of Józef Bem) (1969) and "Człowiek jam niewdzięczny" (Ungrateful Man I Am) (1971). On Niemen’s album appeared original composition by Namysłowski (with lyrics by R.M. Groński) "Sprzedaj mnie wiatrowi" (Sell Me to the Wind).

Most important, however, are the bands branded his own name: from”ZBIGNIEW NAMYSŁOWSKI QUARTET” (1967), through the open to the world music album “WINOBRANIE” (1973), anthemic “KUJAVIAK GOES FUNKY” (1975), to the iconic 'eighties both crew and the album "AIR CONDITION". In the following decades, he expressed his fascination with the music of the Tatra Mountains, recording with a band made up of virtuosos of highlander music the album " NAMYSŁOWSKI&ZAKOPANE HIGHLANDERS " (1996). In addition to his "jazz & folk" projects he realized his idea around the music of Mozart, accompanied by the best Polish chamber - "MOZART JAZZ GOES'' (1999).

This is the true pioneer of postmodernism in music!

 

This brief "note" is just the tip of the iceberg, in the case of the artist of such achievements.

The artist constantly seeking, but also – which is much rarer - finding his own music and his own language. This is a unique conglomerate of jazz, folk, rock, and classical music, supported by its own unique sound.