"Early Tapes" Wojtek Pilichowski contains unpublished recordings on CD, from 92 - 94. The album contains a lot of interesting tracks in the early works of Wojtek, which was attended, among others: Jan Borysewicz, Jorgos Skolias, Mieczyslaw Szcześniak and Wojciech Morawski.Całość material was recorded at a time when even the sudiach recordings unused computers. Album "Early Tapes" is an album recorded completely on analog equipment (Neave, Studer), remasteringiem took Wojciech Olszak and Gregory Piwkowski.
To real treat for fans of ambitious music.
Track List: 1. Dzień dobry; 2. De Be; 3. A Kind of a Night Trap; 4. Zły Anioł; 5. Zderzak; 6. Tania; 7. Za śmieszną górą; 8. Dawno temu; 9. Road Side Stone; 10. Nie moge z Tobą dłużej być
Fourteenth Wojtek's solo album shows his continuous development as an artist, especially his great passion in pursuing new harmonies, rhythms and sounds. The album is an original combination of various styles that genuinely appeals to the heart and spirit of the audience. Perhaps even opening a new chapter in the fusion genre. The whole album was recorded as in the good old times, in one room, entirely without a break, and with the lively participation of the audience. The CD includes new compositions and songs from previous albums in new arrangements and expressions.
"I'm not afraid to say that INTRO is revolutionary. I decided to go for a pioneering move to fuse jazz and electro. The virtuosity of instrumentalists and the authenticity of the singers' voices is what makes this record innovative. The album was arranged on electric, acoustic and virtual instruments with enormous input from Tomek Świerk, while the sound was crafted by Tim McDowell in Chartside Studio New York. Welcome to INTRO."
In 2011 The Kliczkow Castle near Boleslawiec was the place where the Blues on Bóbr musical workshops were being held. The Pi-Band concert thus had a special kind of atmosphere due to the beautiful surroundings, the castle, but most of all the listeners, their friends and a few of Wojteks' most loyal fans. This almost family like atmosphere will draw the casual DVD watcher as well, especially when we begin with a short documentary about the workshops. The setlist consisted of 22 tracks. Despite the apparent stylistic differences and the time when the tracks were created, this fusion is very consistent. Without a doubt it has to do with new arrangements, added keyboard parts, a second bass guitar and saxophone. The concert had to feature standard elemetns such as: Bass Dance, Slap Machine, New Shoes, Bad Jam, The Good Mill. The band was also refreshed - Wojtek i accompanied by Lena Romul (sax, vocal), Tomasz Świerk (keyboards), Tomasz Mądzelewski (drums), Artur Twarowski (guitar), Mateusz Biegaj (keyboards, bass). A few lucky workshop trainees had the chance to play along with Wojteks' band - a wonderful memoir in the form of a solo or a vocal part on one of the Masters records. As a bonus there are 3 tracks played by the workshop participants. As if that weren't enough, there are also photos from the Pi-Band rehersals and tour - where there was (and is) a lot of love. The dynamic framing of the film harmonises with the music. Luckily there aren't a lot of quick cuts in the film, which would be tiresome. Instead, the experienced hands of camera operators, paired with quite a few stationary cameras and a crane produced a great picture. The precision with which the musical parts were played, was also visible in the visual aspect. The same can be said about the sound - whose recording was the responsibility of Łukasz Błasiński. Mixing and mastering was done by Wojtek Olszak and the 5.1 version was done by Piotr Remiszewski. The concert was also recorded as a CD which, for technical reasons, contained 15 tracks. These were chosen in such a way as to not leave anything out of the record, which would diminish it's impact. I go back to the castle record on a regular basis and with great pleasure, though personally I prefer the DVD.
What a night!
Maestro Pilich chose the perfect place to end the "Fair of Noise" tour. Can you imagine a more suitable place than Trójka and our A. Osiecka Studio? That night, the most important thing was the music from the Fair of Noise album, which sounded even better than the studio version. The band was loose and in great form. And then there was our great Trójka audience - an important ingredient in this feast. Luckily this concert was put out on CD which I listen to every now and again. There is happiness!
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Musical journalists usually try to put an album into a category o genre. It's the easiest way to write about music. I'm far from trying to lock Wojtek Pilichowski into any category. The result would resemble an instrument case of a globetrotter musician. Tightly packed and with a ton of colourful stickers. Instead, I'll honestly write about what I hear. The one outstanding quality of "Fair of Noise" is without a doubt - passion, diversity, wit, both musical and vocal contained in recitals (do not confuse with hip-hop). This record isn't only for bassists. True, they are the ones who will pick it up first. Apart from the dynamic themes and impressive solos, played using the slap technique and accompanied by an incredibly precise rhythm section, the record features two melodic ballads, sung by Lena Romul and Ela Stasiuk and even classic artists of other genres - archival fragments of the recordings of Stanisław Grzesiuk, Zbigniew Hołdys in "Ludzie" (people). The suspence is built steadily over the duration of the record and finds its solution in the song "Superstition". The Stevie Wonder hit i sung by Reggie Worthy and Hania Stach.
The album came into existance in a few recording studios and connected a few dozen musicians. Overall a total of nine people are responsible for the recording of all the tracks. The production and the final mix is the work of Wojtek Pilichowski and Wojtek Olszak, both of which deserve congratulations for another record well done - consistant in sound, diverse stylistically and intriguing in reception.
"The originators of this album were wonderful people, who despite scarce resources have been crafting amazing atmosphere of festival concerts Satyrblues for many years . My band's performance was recorded there in Tarnobrzeg in 2008, as part of the Electric Live Tour. Songs on this album are the most famous pieces of my solo albums Granat, Lodołamacz and Pi. "
Risk in music is usually understood as difficult art. Life however shows that playing straight, simply, in a mainstream way may well be just as risky. This was the situation with this album. 50 thousand sold records is proof that sometimes it's worth to not care about popular opinions but to pursue the voice of those who appear at the concerts and our own needs - sould and sound.
"Concert recordings are very important to me, and Jazzga Live is my first such album. A record of a particular day and place tells the truth about the artist and man. Therefore jitters was large. I asked my musician friends for backup, guys with whom I played many times in different configurations, including WoobieDoobie: W.Olszak, M.Dąbrówka, M.Nowakowski and the new kid Bartek Papierz. We recorded mainly songs known from the first three solo albums plus the premiering Bass Dance. Worked out well. "
My first solo album, signed with my name, which I consider to be the most important in the work of any artist. Nothing to loose and a head full of ideas. This album is comprised of tracks of my own composition as well as compositions of some of my friends with whom I began my career as a professional musician. Also two standards whose class is a great inspiration for future generations of musicians.