Henryk Majewski – Swing Session (Polish Jazz Vol. 56) (1978)

FrontCover1Henryk Majewski (born 1936) – trumpeter and composer; one of the unquestionable leaders of Polish jazz in its traditional, dixieland style. He co-operated with the New Orleans Stompers. In 1965 he created Old Timers, the longest existing and probably the most distinguished Polish band performing traditional jazz. During the period 1967-1969, Old Timers travelled widely around Europe. Among their other activities, they accompanied world famous soloists such as Albert Nicholas, Sandy Brown or Wild Bill Davison. For many years Henryk Majewski has been managing a number of projects at the same time. He was the co-founder of the Stodola Big-band (1968-73); he was the originator of the idea and the founder of the Swing HenrykSession “Superband” (as it was called); he was the founder of countless small formations (duets, trios) created for individual recording sessions or concerts. He is also an indefatigable jazz activist and teacher. Some of his more important records are: New Orleans Stompers (1964), Old Timers with Sandy Brown (1968), Let’s Swing Again (1971 with Stodola Bigband), Tribute to Armstrong (1972), Swing Session, Old Timers (1981). (by culture.pl/en/article/polish-jazz)

This Polish octet had excellent musicianship,  including nice versions og e.g. “Freeport Blues” (Basie), “Yardbird Suite” (Parker) and “Sophisticated Lady” (Ellington). This was their 1st album.

Recorded in Warsaw, September 1978

Tadeusz Fedorowski (drums)
Zbigniew Jaremko (saxophone)
Henryk Majewski (trumpet)
Henryk Miśkiewicz (saxophone)
Paweł Perliński (piano)
Andrzej Piela (trombone)
Jerzy Stawarz (bass)
Henryk Stefański (guitar)

Henryk Majewski with Wild Bill Davis

01. Back Home Again Indiana (McDonald/Hanley) – Donna Lee (Parker) 6.45
02. Rrzede Wszystkim Proszę Nie Ryczeć (Jaremko) 6.08
03. Freeport Blues (Basie) 6.30
04. Yardbird Suite (Parker) 3.40
05. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington) 5.11
06. Muteracek (Majewski)
07. Stockholm LA (Cohn) 6.20