In the 1960s and 70s, every significant radio station in Poland had its own studio ensembles. In Katowice from 1965 there was Metrum – a group led by Zbigniew Kalemba, offering swinging, light dance music. Later its place was taken up by the orchestra conducted by Jerzy Milian. Metrum lasted a few more years, however, ending its activity in 1977 – with superb recordings, which years later are appearing on CD. Time for disco!
Zbigniew Kalemba – pianist, composer, and above all tireless pioneer in introducing jazz and popular music to high schools in Poland. In the middle of the 1970s, he began leading the big-band of PWSM in Katowice and – based on musicians connected with that school band – reactivated Metrum in 1977, with a new line-up (including Wojciech Gogolewski, Jan Cichy and Jarosław Śmietana), a new sound and the assumption that popular, easy listening music doesn’t have to be primitive. “Zielony dach” is a document....... more