18 Songs, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Born Barbara Trzetzelewska in Poland, Basia has had a long and successful career. She sang with the popular Polish bands Alibabki and Perfect during the ‘70s before relocating to London and finding hits with the group Matt Bianco in the early ‘80s. Her solo debut, Time and Time, dropped in 1987 and went platinum, as did its followup, London, Warsaw, New York, with multiple singles topping the contemporary jazz charts. She continued recording during the '90s, though she left music altogether later in the decade. Her first new album in almost 15 years, 2009’s It's That Girl Again, dominated smooth jazz radio with the ultra-catchy, bossa nova–inspired single "If Not Now Then When." From Newport to London is a great live album, featuring 15 of her best-known songs recorded live in concert in Lodz, Poland, as well as three new tracks (a remix of "There's a Tear," a duet entitled "Wandering," and the title track). Don't miss "Drunk on Love," "Astrud," and "A Gift."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Born Barbara Trzetzelewska in Poland, Basia has had a long and successful career. She sang with the popular Polish bands Alibabki and Perfect during the ‘70s before relocating to London and finding hits with the group Matt Bianco in the early ‘80s. Her solo debut, Time and Time, dropped in 1987 and went platinum, as did its followup, London, Warsaw, New York, with multiple singles topping the contemporary jazz charts. She continued recording during the '90s, though she left music altogether later in the decade. Her first new album in almost 15 years, 2009’s It's That Girl Again, dominated smooth jazz radio with the ultra-catchy, bossa nova–inspired single "If Not Now Then When." From Newport to London is a great live album, featuring 15 of her best-known songs recorded live in concert in Lodz, Poland, as well as three new tracks (a remix of "There's a Tear," a duet entitled "Wandering," and the title track). Don't miss "Drunk on Love," "Astrud," and "A Gift."

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5:25
4:42
4:29
4:25
3:10
3:02
4:41
4:20
4:02
3:48
4:58
4:41
4:08
4:09
4:54
4:17
3:44
4:33

About Basia

Polish vocalist Basia Trzetrzelewska spent several years in the pop band Matt Bianco, an offshoot of Blue Rondo à la Turk, before launching a solo career in 1987. With the musical assistance of Matt Bianco's Danny White, she developed a subtle cocktail jazz-pop first showcased on her 1987 debut album, Time and Tide. Supported by the singles "New Day for You" and "Time and Tide," the record became a hit in Europe and America, where the album went platinum. Basia's second record, 1990's London Warsaw New York, was just as successful, but her third effort, 1994's Sweetest Illusion, failed to find an audience. Clear Horizon: The Best of Basia followed in 1998 and proved to be her only release for several years, as the deaths of her mother and several close friends temporarily sapped Basia's drive to make music. Urged by her former bandmates Danny White and Mark Reilly to join the reunited Matt Bianco, however, she eventually returned to music in 2004 and issued Matt's Mood with the band. Basia then returned her focus to her solo career, releasing It's That Girl Again with White's help in early 2009. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Jaworzno, Poland
  • BORN
    September 30, 1959

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