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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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This was unexpected.

To her fan's frustrations Basia is one artist that is not exactly prolific in the studio. This cd satisfies all around, live versions of her hits and at the close of this cd, three studio tracks. Basia's voice has matured a bit but she still has power, these live recordings from various locations segued to create one long concert features songs from all her solo recordings going back to her solo debut "Time And Tide." "How Dare You" from "Time And Tide" was a rather noisy dance/pop/jazz fusion thing but here it's straight-ahead jazz swing, backing singers replace Basia's stacked vocals on this and all the live tracks so there isn't a taped backing track and that freedom allows for vocal improv, and there's plenty of it. Basia sounds at ease here and performs the songs as easily as she breathes. The audience is totally respectful and keeps the applause at the end of the performance and makes no noise during the songs. For the noise factor alone I shy away from live albums but this one made me want to buy it, that and this is Basia.

She's Back!

It's that girl again! O.K., turth be told, I'd prefer an album of new material but it's always great to hear Basia's voice. It's also refreshing to hear some of these classics updated and changed in interesting ways.

Exceptional sound!

This is what a live recording of a talented artist should sound like! The quality of the musicians is remarkable. Flawless playing and singing without lots of processing... The ambience of the audience is just enough to let you know it is live, but not at all distracting.
The songs are as fresh on this recording as when they were released previously. Basia's vocal range and pitch are remarkable. Having seen her live, this recording is a very good representation of what the performance sounds like.
A must have for Jazz fans and those who appreciate excellent recording.


Born: September 30, 1959 in Jaworzno, Poland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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