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After the well-received, sold-out on the spot seven-inch single containing "Monika" and "Zabawa w ciemności", as well as a special repress for the renowned German shop HHV, the time has come for a full-length album entitled "Zbliżenie" presenting nine never before released compositions by the Henryk Debich's Orchestra.

Over the last two years, Astigmatic Records have been digging through the Radio Łódź archives, listening to hundreds of recordings of the local Orchestra conducted by Henryk Debich. As a result, 13 gems were selected from the period between 1974 and 1977, which was also the time when the Holy Grail of Polish jazz-funk was created: the highly sought after by record collectors in all corners of the globe "String Beat" album. At the beginning of the year, the first vinyl from the series of releases under the baton of Maestro came out. It was a seven-inch record entitled "Monika/Zabawa w ciemności". The next in line is the long-awaited album "Zbliżenie" ("The Close-up"), initially planned for June, but postponed to September due to overloaded pressing plants.

"Zbliżenie" is a longplay packed with groove, pulsating drums, powerful brass and string sections, and unique, previously unreleased compositions. The album's title is not that random, as, apart from the B-side opening track under the same title, we take a closer look at the period when the Łódź Orchestra, thanks to the "angry youngsters" such as Jacek Malinowski, Mirosław Racewicz, Jacek Delong, Andrzej Żylis and Zbigniew Karwacki, was exploring the genre taking the West by storm – Jazz-Funk. In the seventies, despite having over twenty years of experience, the Łódź Orchestra of the Polish Radio and Television was reinventing itself, sounding ever more modern and exciting with every passing year. Depending on the piece, there could be from forty to seventy musicians performing! The orchestra smoothly maneuvered between funk and disco, touching on illustrative music and jazz.

Upon the project's completion, it turned out that 2021 will be a year of many anniversaries. 18 January marked the 100th birthday anniversary of the legendary conductor and founder of the Łódź Orchestra of the Polish Radio and Television, while July marked 20 years since he is no longer with us. What's more, Radio Łódź, Debich's home away from home for almost half a century, celebrated its 80th anniversary, and 30 years ago the Orchestra he managed until the very end was disbanded.

“Zbliżenie" LP will be available on CD and vinyl. There will also be an edition limited to 500 copies including pink vinyl and a poster. All the versions include a booklet presenting an essay on the work of Henryk Debich and the Łódź Orchestra of The Polish Radio and Television. The records will be available to order from 3 September on the Bandcamp platform. The album will be available for sale and on all streaming platforms from 24 September.
releases September 24, 2021

1. Puma
Written & Arranged by Jacek Malinowski
Recorded on 10th March, 1976

2. Wampiry
Written by Marek Wałaszek
Arranged by Jerzy Żak
Recorded on 13th March, 1975

3. Wewnątrz i na zewnątrz
Written & Arranged by Mirosław Racewicz
Flute - Zbigniew Karwacki
Saxophone - Jacek Delong
Recorded in October, 1975

4. Marzanna
Written & Arranged by Jacek Delong
Recorded on 12th November, 1974

5. Zbliżenie
Written & Arranged by Mirosław Racewicz
Recorded on 18th March, 1975

6. Rodzinna wyspa
Written & Arranged by Mirosław Racewicz
Tenor Saxophone - Zbigniew Karwacki
Soprano Saxophone - Jacek Delong
Recorded on 17th February, 1976

7. Sjesta
Written & Arranged by Jacek Malinowski
Recorded in October, 1975

8. Błyski i cienie
Written & Arranged by Jacek Malinowski
Recorded between 14th and 19th March,1977

9. Ostinato - Riff
Written & Arranged by Jacek Malinowski
Recorded between 29th and 31st December,1975

All tracks performed by The Łódź Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television
Conducted by Henryk Debich
Recorded by Michał Targowski at Radio Łódź between 1974-1977
Mastered by Marcin Cichy - Plug Audio Mastering
Executive producer and A&R: Łukasz Wojciechowski
Graphic design: Animisiewasz
Text: Jakub Knera
Translation: Magda Marcinkowska
Photo: City Museum of Pabianice archives

© 2021 Radio Łódź
Ⓟ 2021 Radio Łódź & Astigmatic Records
Distribution: Asfalt Records (PL)
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