Dear Music Lovers! We are happy to announce that the album “Swing Revisited” by Stanislaw Soyka, a prominent Polish jazz singer, and Roger Berg Big Band R3B sold gold on the day of the premiere. Thank you everybody for keeping the swing music alive!
The CD and vinyl have been released on the Polish market, however the album is available in digital sales all over the globe. You can get it at Spotify, Google Play, iTunes and in many other online stores. You can read a full note about the record below. Regards and keep swingin’!
Stanisław Soyka & the Roger Berg Big Band – ”Swing Revisited”
American swing played with bravado by leading Polish jazzman Stanisław Soyka and the Roger Berg Big Band. In their rendition, recorded at sessions in Malmö and Warsaw, the artists refreshed jazz standards by Duke Ellington and Ray Charles among others.
”Swing Revisited” is an album by Stanisław Soyka, a noted Polish jazz singer, and the Roger Berg Big Band, a Swedish-Danish constellation. Their collaboration stemmed from a spontaneous jam session at the band’s first Warsaw concert. ”I was just overwhelmed by how sensitively they were playing” Soyka recalls. “I couldn’t help it and joined in for three pieces. It was fabulous”.
The album, an unparalleled amalgam of different energies, is a foray into the golden era of swing. Recorded in studios in Sweden and Poland, it is not just another forced updating of classical American songs of the 40s. “Swing Revisited” was recorded along the best „orthodox” lines and with true respect for the swing traditions in order to evoke the old-time masters, because – as the artists emphasize – “you cannot improve on Duke Ellington’s music, you just need to live it your way”.
As Soyka says, “This music has been out of radio stations, dance clubs and concert halls for over 40 years. The big band culture evolved. Orchestras sprang up: Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Gil Evans, Carla Bley and others, which enriched the music so much… at the same time overshadowing the artists from the first half of the century, but… when I played these recordings for some young people who had never heard this kind of music before, their faces were radiant and somewhat amazed. It seems that this kind of music still gives the listener a good vibe”.
1. Let The Good Times Roll (Louis Jordan / Sam “Lovin” Theard)
2. Caravan (Duke Ellington / Juan Tizol)
3. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore ( Duke Ellington / Bob Russel)
4. Fly Me To The Moon (Bart Howard / Bart Howard)
5. Come Sunday (Duke Ellington / Duke Ellington)
6. Hallelujah, I Love Her So ( Ray Charles / Ray Charles)
7. I’m Just A Lucky So And So (Duke Ellington / Mack David)
8. It Had To Be You (Isham Jones / Gus Kahn)
9. Love You Madly (Duke Ellington / Duke Ellington)
10. My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers / Lorentz Hart)
11. Night And Day (Cole Porter / Cole Porter)
12. Satin Doll (Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington / Johnny Mercer)
13. Take The „A” Train (Billy Strayhorn / Billy Strayhorn)
14. When I Fall In Love (Victor Young / Edward Heyman)
Stanisław Soyka (www.soyka.pl) – a Polish jazz singer, pianist and composer born in 1959. He started singing at the age of seven, being a member of a church choir along with his father. He studied at the Composition and Arrangement Department of the renowned Academy of Music in Katowice. He made his debut in 1979 at a blues and gospel concert in Warsaw’s Philharmonic Hall, performing songs by Ray Charles, Carole King and the Beatles. Recordings from this event were included in his first album “Don’t You Cry”.
In 1981 Soyka recorded “Blublula”, a collection of captivating renditions of such standards as Ellington’s “I’m Just A Lucky So And So” and John Coltrane’s “Naima”, accompanied by the Wojciech Karolak Trio. The album was named “Jazz Album of 1981” and sold gold. This was when Willis Conover, a legendary jazz critic and broadcaster, upon hearing Soyka at the Jazz Jamboree festival, commented: “This guy is the best-kept secret in Polish music”.
In 1988 Soyka commenced his long and productive collaboration with Janusz Yanina Iwański, the guitarist of the jazz-rock band Tie Break. The duo recorded several albums. “Acoustic” is said to have preceded the unplugged era in music by several years. It was followed by “Neopositive” (1992), which included “Tolerancja”, a song that became a big hit.
During a career that spans more than 35 years, Stanisław Soyka has recorded a number of albums that are milestones in the history of Polish music. He keeps changing, always staying fresh but still instantly recognizable after just a few bars.
The Roger Berg Big Band (www.rogerberg.com) – Roger Berg started drumming at the age of three. From the very beginning he was inspired by the greats: Gene Krupa (Goodman), Jo Jones (Basie), Louie Bellson (Ellington) and, most admired, Buddy Rich. After many years of pursuing varied projects – playing for musicals, in traditional jazz bands (e.g. Papa Bue’s Viking Jazzband) and drumming for two decades with the Tivoli Big Band (the Tivoli Gardens Orchestra in Copenhagen) – Roger decided to form his own band. Intent on having a full traditional big band, coming as close to the American swing tradition as possible, he created a unit with a solid sound, known today for a myriad of projects. These include gigs in jazz clubs and at festivals, as well as large concerts, music spectacles and galas like the annual Git Gay Galan in Malmö, as well as a performance at the Eurovision Week of 2013 along with Siw Malmkvist and Ann-Louise Hanson, two icons of Swedish pop music, and a series of spectacular big band battles.
R3B (Roger Berg Big Band) is usually accompanied by a highly accomplished female vocal trio. The instrumentation is 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones (who double on clarinet, flute and other reeds), piano, guitar, bass and drums – in other words, a classic big band, worthy of the best days of the swing era.