Upojenie

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Originally released in 2002 in Europe and Japan, Upojenie (Ecstasy) is a collaboration between Pat Metheny and superstar Polish vocalist Anna Maria Jopek. It came into being after Jopek approached the guitarist at a jazz festival in Warsaw in 2001. Her original idea was to perform some of her own work, some of Metheny's, and some Polish folk songs (exactly what happened). The collaboration was recorded over four months in Poland; it is something wholly other than the sum of its parts might suggest. Co-produced by composer Marcin Kydrynski (Jopek's husband) and Metheny, with Jopek and Pawel Bzim Zarecki, this set marries together the guitarist's signature meld of jazz, pop, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Originally released in 2002 in Europe and Japan, Upojenie (Ecstasy) is a collaboration between Pat Metheny and superstar Polish vocalist Anna Maria Jopek. It came into being after Jopek approached the guitarist at a jazz festival in Warsaw in 2001. Her original idea was to perform some of her own work, some of Metheny's, and some Polish folk songs (exactly what happened). The collaboration was recorded over four months in Poland; it is something wholly other than the sum of its parts might suggest. Co-produced by composer Marcin Kydrynski (Jopek's husband) and Metheny, with Jopek and Pawel Bzim Zarecki, this set marries together the guitarist's signature meld of jazz, pop, and American forms with electronics, early folk melodies, classical melodies, and arrangements with exotic instrumentation and Jopek's otherworldly but gentle voice. For Metheny fans, this is a unique opportunity on two fronts: to hear new versions of his own tunes with different arrangements, titles, and lyrics, as well as the opportunity to be introduced to an immense talent. Now that the set has been released stateside, it becomes an opportunity for fans of contemporary jazz and sophisticated adult pop as well. The set commences with the duet "Cicy Zapada Zmrok" (Here Comes the Silent Dusk), a traditional evening prayer sung by Jopek with Metheny on the 42-string Pikasso guitar. It's skeletal, ethereal, and haunting, yet in Metheny's hands, the melody transcends its origin and becomes a song that could have been sung on the North American plains as well as in Eastern Europe. Another duet, "Biel" (Whiteness), written by Kydrynski, features the singer buoyed by Metheny's classical and baritone guitars. It feels spacious enough to have been recorded in a church, but its roots are in samba. These tracks are the anomalies on the album, however. More often Metheny and Jopek are accompanied by a full band mainly comprised of crack Polish session players, including the great pianist Leszek Mozdzer. Check the version of Metheny's "High Tide, Love Tide, the Breath of Time...," titled "Przyplyw, Odplyw, Oddech Czasu..." (Tell Her You Saw Me) here, with lyrics by Magda Czapinska. The nearly whispered, restrained multi-tracked vocals, a soprano guitar, and lithe basslines, acoustic piano, loops, timpani, and percussion create a web of gossamer and ether before the tempo changes and all sounds seem to bleed into one warm blanket of sound with the considerable emotions in this music all on display. "Are You Going with Me," the original single from this set, is an instrumental with wordless vocals that evolves from the arrangement found on Offramp into something far more folkish and mysterious. Jopek's own "Czarne Slowa" (Black Words) is a deeply sad, piano-driven love song, a ballad with somber overtones hinting at an intricate folk-jazz hymn. The nostalgic "By On Byl Tu" ("Let It Stay" from the Pat Metheny Group's Travels) becomes a hymn of longing and homecoming with the guitarist's classical guitar kissed by Mozdzer's piano, upright bass, and drums. But in Jopek's round, warm, seemingly ageless vocal, this song is almost a lullaby, with gorgeous interplay between the instruments. The domestic issue of this set contains two bonus cuts including a live number. Metheny fans who couldn't afford the import should jump on this, and those who have an interest in sophisticated pop singers from Stacey Kent to Inara George should consider this as well. Upojenie is international jazz as poetry in motion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597990980
  • Catalog Number: 511496
  • Sales rank: 30,006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cichy Zapada Zmrok - Anna Maria Jopek (3:26)
  2. 2 Mania Mienia - Anna Maria Jopek (3:41)
  3. 3 Biel - Anna Maria Jopek (3:22)
  4. 4 Przyplyw, Odplyw, Oddech Czasu... - Anna Maria Jopek (4:44)
  5. 5 Are You Going with Me? - Anna Maria Jopek (8:35)
  6. 6 Czarne Slowa - Anna Maria Jopek (5:13)
  7. 7 Lulajze Jezuniu - Anna Maria Jopek (5:13)
  8. 8 Upojenie - Anna Maria Jopek (4:46)
  9. 9 Zupelnie Inna Ja - Anna Maria Jopek (3:55)
  10. 10 Piosenka Dla Stasia - Anna Maria Jopek (3:47)
  11. 11 Letter from Home - Anna Maria Jopek (2:48)
  12. 12 Me Jedyne Niebo - Anna Maria Jopek (3:17)
  13. 13 By On Byl Tu - Anna Maria Jopek (6:56)
  14. 14 Polskie Drogi - Anna Maria Jopek (2:50)
  15. 15 Tam, Gdzie Niesiega Wzrok (Follow Me) - Anna Maria Jopek (3:51)
  16. 16 Na Calej Polaci Snieg - Anna Maria Jopek (1:47)
  17. 17 Szepty I Lzy - Anna Maria Jopek (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anna Maria Jopek Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Choir, Chorus, fender rhodes
Pat Metheny Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar (Soprano), Guitar (Baritone)
Mino Cinelu Percussion, Conga, Drums, Triangle, Shaker, Udu, Crotale
Darek Oleszkiewicz Acoustic Bass
Bernard Maseli Vibes
Leszek Mozdzer Piano
Krzysztof Bzówka Violin, Concert Master
Wlodzimierz Zurawski Viola
Robert Kubiszyn Double Bass
Wojciech Kowalewski Percussion, Bongos, Tambourine, Bells, Claves, Timpani, Vibraslap, Shaker, Temple Blocks, Crotale
Henryk Miskiewicz Soprano Saxophone
Pawel Zarecki Percussion, Keyboards, Loops
Marek Napiorkowski Guitar, Classical Guitar
Marcin Pospieszalski Bass Guitar, Loops
Robert Dabrowski Violin
Artur Gadzala Violin
Katarzyna Gilewska Zagrodzinska Violin
Patrycja Jopek Violin
Dariusz Kisielinski Viola
Jozef Kolinek Violin
Cezary Konrad Drums
Jerzy Muranty Cello
Piotr Nazaruk Flute, Percussion, Recorder, Background Vocals, Voices, Hammered Dulcimer, Shaker
Janusz Olechowski Cello
Technical Credits
Pat Metheny Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lyle Mays Composer
Wojciech Kilar Composer
Carolyn Chrzan Guitar Techician
Tadeusz Mieczkowski Engineer, Mastering
Leszek Mozdzer Arranger
Jacek Gawlowski Mastering
Andrzej Poniedzielski Composer
Anna Maria Jopek Arranger, Composer, Producer
Henryk Miskiewicz Arranger
Jack Zorawski Executive Producer
Pawel Zarecki Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Marcin Pospieszalski Programming
Marcin Kydrynski Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ewa Dluzniewska Studio Manager
Piotr Dumala Artwork
Wojciecj Lopaciuk Engineer
Linda Manzer Guitar Maker
Izumi Shikibu Poetry, Inspiration
Andrzej Kurylewicz Composer
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