Novi Singers – Novi In Wonderland (1968)

FrontCover1.jpgHere´s a real very rare album:

“NOVI” is actually an acronym for “New Original Vocal Instruments”. All group members were multi-instrumentalists who graduated from the Warsaw Advance Music School.

And here´s an album recorded for the legendary German jazz label MPS Records:

One of the earliest records by the legendary Novi Singers – and a rare MPS set that exposed the group to a larger European audience! Novi hail from Poland, but have a name that’s an condensation of the English phrase “new original vocal instruments” – a great summation of the way the quartet use their voices to recreate the feel of instruments in modern jazz – a mode first explored by the Lambert Hendricks & Ross group in the US, but taken to a much farther extreme on this set! The group are supported here by a border-crossing small combo of musicians that includes Zbigniew Namyslowski on alto sax, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Adam Makowicz on piano, and Billy Brooks on drums – and the sound is cool, laidback, and very groovy – extremely tight, almost even more so than some of the group’s Polish albums! Titles include “The Second Side”, “Secret Life”, “Kulfon”, and “Apartment Under The Roof” (by dusty groove)

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Sounds confusing but the album starts really at side one with a tune that’s called THE SECOND SIDE. The Novi Singers are backed by excellent Jazz musicians, blending together perfectly with the “New Vocal Instruments”. Essential recording from 1968, Villingen, SABA-Tonstudio with engineer Rolf Donner and producer Joachim E. Berendt. Sensational also at the time because it was one of the first recordings of a Polish Jazz ensemble made outside their country, across the Iron Curtain which was dividing the Europe of this time until the end of the Cold War in 1991.


The second edition of this album was pressed directly for MPS Recods

Forward with the last tune on this exquisite album. SECRET LIFE, for sure also my long time favorite and of course also the most powerful song of this recording. In the middle of the 90s it was smartly sampled by United Future Organization. But that was not the only groovy sample the trio from Tokyo had used for their great tune UNITED FUTURE AIRLINES. (by

This is not only a very rae album, but a fantast ablum, one of finest vocal jazz album I´v ever heard … sensational !

Recorded at SABA Tonstudio, Villingen/Black Forest, Germany
February 22nd, 23rd, 1968 – produced by Joachim E. Berendt

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Bernard Kawka – Ewa Wanat – Janusz Mych – Waldemar Parzynski
Billy Brooks (drums)
Roman Dylag (bass)
Adam Matyszkowicz (piano)
Zbigniew Namyslowski (saxophone)
Idrees Sulieman (trumpet)


01. The Second Side (Kawka) 5.47
02. Alice In Wonderland (Churchill) 2.47
03. Satin Doll (Ellington) 4.12
04. A Foggy Day In London Town (Gershwin) 3.45
05. Li’l Darling (Hefti) 4.15
06. Kulfon (Parzynski) 3.42
07. I Don’t Know (Kawka) 3.24
08. Apartment Under The Roof (Parzynski) 3.47
09. Secret Life (Kawka) 3.15