Monday, February 27, 2012

Hagaw – Do You Love Hagaw? (Polish Jazz Vol.12, 1967)

Asocjacja Hagaw (band)


Grzegorz Brudko - banjo, leader
Henryk Kowalski - violin
Wlodzimierz Ciuk - trumpet
Jerzy Kowalski - trombone
Ryszard Kula - alto sax
Wlodzimierz Halik - bass
Krzysztof Adamek - drums, washboard

Do You Love Hagaw? (Polish Jazz Vol.12, 1967)

The Polish traditional Jazz ensemble Hagaw was one of several excellent groups formed in the 1960s, when traditional Jazz enjoyed an enormous revival in Poland, especially among students, co-existing peacefully with modern Jazz, which flourished in parallel. This is their debut album on which the ensemble plays a set of fifteen wonderful original compositions, most of all written by their primary composers: leader / banjoist Grzegorz Brudko and trumpeter Wlodzimierz Ciuk. Other band members include violinist Henryk Kowalski, trombonist Jerzy Kowalski, saxophonist Ryszard Kula, bassist Wlodzimierz Halik and drummer Krzysztof Adamek. Their music is a unique mixture of early Jazz; New Orleans, Dixieland and Swing, mixed with Eastern-European influences and spiced with a great sense of humor. The group enjoyed enormous success in their country and all over the world, and they continued to tour for many years. Any true Jazz fan, even if his musical preferences lie elsewhere, should be able to appreciate how good this music is, how well it withstood the tides of time, and how enjoyable it is, transcending artificial categorization by genre. Wholeheartedly recommended!

Track listing: 01. Czy Pani Kocha Hagawa; 02. Meloniki na gorąco; 03. wesoła Pioseneczka; 04. Bardzo szkoda mi zajączka; 05. Pamiętnik pewnego impertynenta; 06. Taniec z czasów Górnego; 07. Tułaczka Wija Drewniaka; 08. Chlau, Chlapu; 09. Będę Gangsterem; 10. Oj - Biada!; 11. Swawole lokomtyw, czyli wspomnienia pomocnika masztynistki; 12. Koty na poddaszu; 13. Być może...; 14. Mówiłaś, że lubisz kije samobije; 15. Zachciało Ci się Grzesiu prać o tej porze


By Adam Baruch


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