Novi* ‎– Bossa Nova

Polskie Nagrania Muza ‎– PNCD 913

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1 Brownie
Written By – B. Kawka
2 Cichy Wieczór / A Calm Evening
Written By – J. Mych
3 Żółty Słoń / The Yellow Elephant
Written By – W. Parzyński
4 Trzeba Wracać / One Must Return
Written By – B. Kawka
5 Nastroje Małych Misiów / Teddy Bears' Moods
Written By – B. Kawka
6 Dwa Po Dwa / Two Times Two
Written By – B. Kawka
7 Następny Proszę / Next, Please
Written By – B. Kawka
8 Pyzate Słoneczniki / Chubby Sunflowers
Written By – W. Parzyński
9 Jak Powrócić Do Tej Chwili / How Could We Return To The Past Moment
Written By – B. Kawka
10 Mini Dziewczyna / The Mini Girl
Written By – W. Parzyński
11 Bariera Uczuć / The Barrier Of Feelings
Written By – J. Mych
12 Go Go
Written By – W. Parzyński
13 Król Salomon / King Salomon
Written By – B. Kawka
14 Tańczące Orzechy / Dancing Nuts
Written By – J. Mych



Polish Jazz vol.13

Recorded in Warsaw, June 1967 in Polskie Nagrania - Studio 12

Original release: XL/SXL 0415

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
XL 0415 NOVI* Bossa Nova(LP, Album, Mono) Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0415 Poland 1967 Sell This Version
EM1038LP NOVI* Bossa Nova(LP, Album, RE) EMREC EM1038LP Czech Republic 2002 Sell This Version
XL 0415 NOVI* Bossa Nova(LP, Album, Mono) Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0415 Poland 1967 Sell This Version
XL 0415, 08256 4 64885 7 5 NOVI* Bossa Nova(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Polskie Nagrania Muza, Warner Music Poland XL 0415, 08256 4 64885 7 5 Poland 2016 Sell This Version
XL 0415 NOVI* Bossa Nova(LP, Album, RE) Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0415 Poland 2009 Sell This Version


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September 8, 2011
NOVI were the first to make a break-through in the tradition of Polish vocal groups, a tradition which goes back to the very popular singers in the thirties - The Dan Choir. It was then a great stride forward as Polish jazz vocalists had been lagging behind in comparison with our instrumental music. Elsewhere, in the world there was then consistent progress in this field. New groups were being formed - the phenomenal American Lambert-Hendricks-Ross Trio, the French Les Double Six group and many others. In modern jazz, human voices began playing the parts of instruments, giving rise to a new school of "instrumental" singing. This kind of singing calls for special qualifications. The performer must be simultaneously a vocalist, instrumentalist and jazzman capable of playing improvised parts. Now the NOVI band can do all these things. The members of the band are educated musicians who have graduated from the Warsaw Advanced Music School: Ewa Wanat - violinist; Janusz Mych - flutist; Waldemar Parzynski - sound supervisor and percussionist; their leader, Bernard Kawka - violinist. They are all real jazzmen.

Their name NOVI (the new ones) has a special meaning for them. It not only suggests something new, but is made up of the initials of the English words New Original Vocal Instruments. And this is so indeed. The NOVI use their voices like instruments. They can give the monosyllables of their vocalises any sound and articulation they wish. NOVI's biography is short and brilliant. In late 1964 a young graduate of the Warsaw Conservatory, Bernard Kawka, fascinated by the music of Bill Evans, whom he had met in Scandinavia, decided to devote himself to jazz. In the Conservatory he found others who shared his enthusiasm for this music. This led to the formation of the band. They considered that the best way of expressing their jazz ideas would be to use their own voices. At first they appeared only on the radio, becoming very popular with listeners. Then they took part in the annual international festival Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw in 1965 and since that time have been appearing at similar events both at home and abroad. They sang in Switzerland where they won first prize at a jazz festival, they appeared at Bled in Yugoslavia and in many other countries. They have co-operated with leading Polish jazz musicians: Andrzej Trzaskowski, Krzysztof Komeda, Adam Matyszkowicz and others.

The NOVI called their first record "Bossa-Nova". This should not be taken literally. It reflects only the general climate of the record on which the NOVI display the whole range of their possibilities. Only in some pieces is the theme introduced in the form of a bossa-nova and then followed by standard swing improvisations, big-band riffs or swing tutti.

The group is accompanied by instrumental sets ranging from double-bass with percussion, the full section, flute, vibraphone, to a group of string instruments. The band is made up of jazz musicians: Andrzej Matyszkowicz, piano; Janusz Kozlowski, double-bass, Janusz Sidorenko, guitar and Jerzy Bartz, percussion.

Jan Borkowski (original line notes from the album's back cover)