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Marek Grechuta - December 10, 1945 (Zamość, Poland) - October 9, 2006

He'd been interested in music since childhood and begun to learn playing the piano in the age of seven in Zamość, where he went to primary and secondary school.

He bound his fate with Kraków though, where he moved to study architecture. There Grechuta met his future friend Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz with whom he decided to start a cabaret group in the manner of Piwnica pod Baranami (an artistic bohema in Kraków which lasts to this day). This cabaret, which took the name ANAWA (from french en avant which means "forward"), begun to perform in a student club "Bambuko". The first decent success came with the performance on Festiwal Piosenki Studenckiej in 1967. Marek Grechuta took the second place in this contest behind a young student from Warszawa - Maryla Rodowicz (who later also became a famous singer in Poland). The final of the contest was broadcast live by the television what enabled the young archtecture student to be seen by the whole Poland. The next important event for Marek Grechuta was partaking in FAMA Festival where the young artist won the first prize.

This two successes led him to perform on the most important contest in Poland in that time which was the Festival in Opole. In the next year, 1970, Marek Grechuta released his debut album called simply "Marek Grechuta & Anawa" (predated by a 4-song EP in 1969). It was a mix of cabaret, lyrical songs with neobaroque sound so characteristic, as it turned out later, for ANAWA.

In 1971 Marek Grechuta and Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz recorded their second album titled "Korowód" which is considered one of the most important in the history of Polish popular music. It contained two songs regarded as generation hymns - "Świecie nasz" and title "Korowód". This album made Marek Grechuta a star!

Despite all this successes the band suddenly broke up. Marek Grechuta and Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz split. As Grechuta admitted himself there were too many individualities in the group so it couldn't last long.

Marek Grechuta arranged his own band then - WIEM. The name is an abreviation of "w innej epoce muzycznej" which means "in another musical epoch". This way Grechuta wanted to communicate the complete change of musical direction. The two albums he recorded with WIEM - "Droga za widnokres" in 1972 and "Magia Obłoków" in 1974 - are the key albums for any prog lo...
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MAREK GRECHUTA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.21 | 42 ratings
Marek Grechuta & Anawa
4.24 | 83 ratings
Marek Grechuta & Anawa: Korowód
4.15 | 34 ratings
Droga Za Widnokres
3.78 | 30 ratings
Magia Obłoków
3.79 | 24 ratings
Szalona Lokomotywa
3.64 | 11 ratings
3.63 | 8 ratings
Śpiewające Obrazy
3.33 | 6 ratings
Marek Grechuta & Krystyna Janda: W Malinowym Chruśniaku
3.69 | 13 ratings
Marek Grechuta & Anawa: Wiosna - Ach To Ty
4.00 | 11 ratings
Krajobraz Pełen Nadziei
3.40 | 5 ratings
Piosenki Dla Dzieci I Rodziców
3.83 | 6 ratings
Droga Za Widnokres (1991)
3.50 | 8 ratings
Dziesięć Ważnych Słów
2.83 | 6 ratings
Niezwykłe Miejsca

MAREK GRECHUTA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 2 ratings
The Best (Album Live)
4.67 | 3 ratings
Koncerty. Warszawa '73
4.67 | 3 ratings
Koncerty. Opole '76
3.00 | 3 ratings
Koncerty. Kraków '81
0.00 | 0 ratings
Koncerty. Kraków '84
4.00 | 1 ratings
Opolski korowód

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4.50 | 3 ratings
Ocalić od zapomnienia
4.00 | 1 ratings
Złote przeboje 1
0.00 | 0 ratings
Jeszcze pożyjemy
3.00 | 1 ratings
Złote przeboje 2
2.00 | 1 ratings
Dni, ktorych nie znamy
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gdzies w nas
5.00 | 6 ratings
Świecie Nasz
0.00 | 0 ratings
40 piosenek
0.00 | 0 ratings
Jan Kanty Pawluskiewicz. Antologia - Marek Grechuta

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 Marek Grechuta & Anawa: Korowód by GRECHUTA, MAREK album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.24 | 83 ratings

Marek Grechuta & Anawa: Korowód
Marek Grechuta Eclectic Prog

Review by Deepslumber

5 stars This one is one of my favourites on polisch prog scene. There are two songs, that made that record huge. First one is Dni Których Nie Znamy. A great song, which has a simple beat, but it's very catchy, and the melodic line is heavy arranged. The song track is just... Wel I don't have any good words to describe it. It's called Korowód and it is one of the first true prog compositions in Poland. Almost 10 minutes long, with very fine vocal part, then the choir mode. Man, it's almost like early King Crimson or Pink Floyd. You must understand my enthusiasm for this record. It was the year 1971. Here in Poland it wasn't too funny in that time. Rock music basicly didn't exist. But, once in a while someone had the guts to record a lp like this one. Grechuta, SBB, Breakout, Klan. So, if you will ever listen to this lp, please remember, in what country it was recorded. For my it's a masterpiece.
 Magia Obłoków by GRECHUTA, MAREK album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.78 | 30 ratings

Magia Obłoków
Marek Grechuta Eclectic Prog

Review by Gatot
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3 stars Through a prog friend from Poland whom I met through this site, finally I got this rare album (especially for me in "rest of the world" country) by Marek Grechuta. A bunch of albums actually that I received from him, including Collage that I just reviewed couple of weeks ago. I envy on you from Poland which in fact has many prog talents in the country. I believe Grechuta is a genius musician and composer as I can hear clearly through his creation in this "Magia obłoków". Most of his compositions in this album are explorative in nature or I might say it avant-garde with heavy influences from jazz music. His music also contains many surprises where he brings the listeners with varied styles from opera to something like jazz improvisation.

"W pochodzie dni i nocy" (4'07) opens with a repetitive music featuring vocal and choir and it suddenly changes to jazz music with dynamic bass lines and violin work. It's a good exploration of jazz music with surprises in styles. At first listen it sounds to me too monotonous, but with some more spins it brings me to another experience. The fact that it is sung in Polish has made the sound better even though I don't understand what it means. Well, I read through the band's brief at this site I know that the lyrics must be poetic.

"Igła" (2:08) is truly a song-orientated composition featuring vocal as main component accompanied with guitar fills. It sounds similar with next track "Świat w obłokach" (4:06). Though this song sounds like a pop song with relatively simple structure and repetitive vocal but when I observe the guitar work, it's quite interesting to enjoy.

The album really lift-offs when it reaches the epic "Suita "Spotkania w czasie"" (14:36)* which comprises track 6 "Walc na trawie" (4:24) a melodic instrumental in a bit of symphonic nuance with jazz influence. It moves into another beautiful track 7 "Ulica cieni" (5:52) followed with short track "Zmierzch" (1:49). The epic concludes with a melodic song "Ptak śpiewa o poranku" (2:25) where the music is enriched with nice orchestration. The song has a catchy melody. It's quite unique to my ears.

The album concludes with "Na szarość naszych nocy" (2:52), a simple structure song with good guitar fills. The CD version includes 9 bonus tracks.

Overall, it's a good album from Poland and it will satisfy those of you who love jazz fusion and avant-garde kind of music. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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