Polka - Worldwide Deluxe Edition

by Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet

/
  • Digital Album
    Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Polka - Worldwide Deluxe Edition. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

    Comes with album artwork booklet PDF + album cover photo as a jpg
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases August 3, 2018

      $10 USD  or more

    You own this

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    High quality, 6 panel digi-wallet with a velvety soft-touch laminate finish + 12 page booklet

    Includes digital pre-order of Polka - Worldwide Deluxe Edition. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases August 3, 2018
    item ships out on or around June 29, 2018
    Purchasable with gift card

      $14 USD

    You own this  

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    High quality, 180 gram, 12" 2x Gatefold LP

    Includes digital pre-order of Polka - Worldwide Deluxe Edition. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases August 3, 2018
    item ships out on or around June 29, 2018
    edition of 300 
    Purchasable with gift card

      $34 USD or more 

    You own this  

     

1.
Roma
2.
Grochow
3.
PUNK-t Gdansk
4.
Polka
5.
Paris
6.
04:17
7.
London (intro)
8.
London (part 1)
9.
10.
Sunday
11.
Bangkok
12.
Krakow
13.
Theme de Yoyo

about

PERSONNEL

Oskar Török - trumpet
Marek Pospieszalski - tenor saxophone
Joanna Duda - piano
Wojtek Mazolewski - double bass
Qba Janicki - drums
Michał Bryndal - drums

ALBUM CREDITS

All songs except London (Intro, Part 1, Part 2) recorded at Radio Gdansk, Poland
Engineer - Piotr Taraszkiewicz
Mixed by Piotr Taraszkiewicz &
Wojtek Mazolewski at Nu Wave, Gdansk, Poland London (Intro, Part 1, Part 2) and Theme de Yo Yo recorded at Rolling Tapes Studio, Poland Engineer - Marek Szwarc
Mixed by Marek Szwarc & Wojtek Mazolewski at Rolling Tapes Studio
Mastered by Piotr Taraszkiewicz
Produced by Wojlek Mazolewski
Executive Producer for Whirlwind Recordings
Michael Janisch
Executive Producer for Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet
Bartosz Stawiarz
Original Cover Design - Mateusz Holak
Album booklet/idigiwallet design by Sophie Moates Photos - Cover Photo: Zuza Krajewska
Booklet: 1 - Bartek Barczyk, 2 - Marta Wojtal
3 - Aioha Andrysiak, 4 - Zuza Krajewska
5 - Dorota Koperska, 6 - Lukasz Kohut
Digiwallet Photos: 1 - Lukasz Kohut
2 - Michat Andrysiak

credits

releases August 3, 2018

Whirlwind announces the new release from bassist and composer Wojtek Mazolewski and his quintet: Polka Worldwide Deluxe Edition. Since the release of the full-length album Polka in 2014, the dynamic Polish bassist and his band have broken well beyond the jazz genre’s usual boundaries and have gained international recognition, effortlessly inspiring audiences at some of the world’s biggest rock and indie music festivals as well as appearing in jazz and dance clubs, with some 200 concerts across 21 countries in the last few years alone. Their music has been featured on mainstream Polish TV and climbed the Polish Radio charts while being featured by BBC Radio DJ Gilles Peterson (‘Theme de Yoyo’ – the bonus track here – appeared on Mazolewski’s album of the same name and was one of Peterson’s 50 best records of 2017). Polka went gold in six months and platinum in three years in Poland alone, and the follow-up single London was released in the UK in 2017. Now, for the first time, Polka, Theme de Yoyo and London are presented together in this significant collection.

Vigorously combining tradition and modernity, the analog sound of the quintet harks back to the jazz masters (also reflecting the vibrant Polish jazz scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s), yet is infused with electronica and other contemporary influences. Echoes of Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana and Aphex Twin are, therefore, all interwoven by the bassist and his dream team of pianist Joanna Duda, tenor saxophonist Marek Pospieszalski, trumpeter Oskar Torok and drummers Qba Janicki and Michat Bryndal. It‘s like listening to history being sonically reworked, with a uniquely contemporary twist.

Mazolewski recalls the album’s beginnings during a visit to London: “I stumbled upon a beautiful invitation to a carnival ball. Inside… was a list of dances for the guests to request; and amongst the styles, I came across a lovely-sounding word – ‘polka’ – which immediately struck me as a great album title. So far from home, I felt many positive emotions and realized that this word can have a number of definitions, even though the polka is a Czech dance. That fascination later became prophetic, as the band features the trumpet of Oskar Torok – a Slovak living in Prague. Furthermore, a wonderful Polish woman, Joanna Duda, plays the piano alongside me. I’m very grateful to fate for allowing me to create music with such a brilliant band. Oskar, Marek, Qba, Michat and Joanna are remarkable musical partners and fantastic people”.

The gentle, awakening aubade of ‘Roma’ and easy-going groove of ‘Grochow’ belie the dizzy heights this band can attain. But then, heralded by ‘PUNK-t Gdansk’s boppish fervor and fast-swinging, jazz-piano-ornamented ‘Polka’, their undulating moods are revealed, complemented by the springlike openness of ‘Paris’ and ‘Berlin’s free-spirited, bass-thrummed improvisations. Ska-like ‘London’ and ‘Sunday’ both stomp assertively, underpinning attractive, punkish sax and trumpet; ‘Bangkok’ is portayed aromatically through waterdrop piano and soft horns amidst shimmering percussion; and ‘Krakow’ meanders to keyboard rivulets and searching tenor.

“I offer you an album full of enthusiasm and emotion”, affirms Wojtek Mazolewski. “This nostalgic, crazy and introspective musical tale is the reflection of my experiences. Music is an abstract message, packed with energy and power, which you can interpret as you wish. Take from it whatever works for you – that’s why it exists.”

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Whirlwind Recordings London, UK

Welcome! We're still getting everything transferred here from our old site - thanks for your patience.

A free 17-track sampler album comes with any purchase of a physical product (CDs, other merch). We'll add it to your order when we send.
... more

contact / help

Contact Whirlwind Recordings

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code