Про Zbigniew Namysłowski Quintet
Zbigniew Namysłowski is one of the greatest and most original artists in the history of Polish jazz. An outstanding multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger. An artist equally fascinated by the possibilities of jazz and the beauty of folk, and a precursor in combining these two worlds. Leader of numerous instrumental groups, from a quartet to an orchestra, composer of numerous themes of Polish jazz, innovator responsible for fascinating fusions of jazz with other genres. Author of cult albums in the history of Polish jazz. An artist constantly searching, but also – which is much rarer – finding his own music and his personal language. In a unique way he combines jazz, folk and classical music.
At the very beginning of his career he participated in the creation of Krzysztof Komeda's cult album Astigmatic. He has collaborated with Andrzej Trzaskowski's group The Wreckers, Ptaszyn Wróblewski's Chałturnik, Michał Urbaniak and the band Novi Singers. He belonged to the first line-up of Polish jazz musicians performing abroad after the war (with Jerzy Matuszkiewicz in Denmark in 1958). He went to the first concerts of Polish musicians in the USA in 1962. He was the first Polish jazz musician to record an album abroad (LOLA, Decca 1964). He was a member of the Niemen Enigmatic band for several years. He made a lasting mark with his playing on both legendary albums, under the same title, in the tracks: Bema pamięci żałobny rapsod (1969) and Cłowiek jam niewdzięczny (1971). Niemen's album originally included Namysłowski's composition (with words by R.M. Groński) Sprzedaj mnie wiatrowi.
The most important, however, were and still are the ensembles bearing his own name: Zbigniew Namysłowski Quartet (1967), the open world music album Winobranie (1973), the hit Kujaviak Goes Funky (1975), to the cult line-up and album of the 1980s Air Condition. In the following decades he expressed his fascination with the music of the Tatra mountains by recording, together with a highlander band made up of virtuosos of the genre, the album Namysłowski & Zakopane Highlanders (1996). Apart from projects in the realm of "jazz&folk", he realised his concept around the music of Mozart, accompanied by the best Polish chamber musicians – Mozart Goes Jazz (1999).