Novi Quartet ‎– Novi In Wonderland


Novi Quartet
Novi In Wonderland

MPS/BASF Records ‎– CRM 663

The Second Side

Sounds confusing but the album starts really at side one with a tune that’s called THE SECOND SIDE. The Novi Singers are backed by excellent Jazz musicians, blending together perfectly with the “New Vocal Instruments”. Essential recording from 1968, Villingen, SABA-Tonstudio with engineer Rolf Donner and producer Joachim E. Berendt. Sensational also at the time because it was one of the first recordings of a Polish Jazz ensemble made outside their country, across the Iron Curtain which was dividing the Europe of this time until the end of the Cold War in 1991.

Secret Life

Forward with the last tune on this exquisite album. SECRET LIFE, for sure also my long time favorite and of course also the most powerful song of this recording. In the middle of the 90s it was smartly sampled by United Future Organization. But that was not the only groovy sample the trio from Tokyo had used for their great tune UNITED FUTURE AIRLINES.


A1 The Second Side 5:50
A2 Alice In Wonderland 2:46
A3 Satin Doll 4:12
A4 A Foggy Day In London Town 4:46

B1 Li’l Darling 4:15
B2 Kulfon 3:45
B3 I Don’t Know 3:24
B4 Apartment Under The Roof 3:45
B5 Secret Life 3:14


Arranged by Bernard Kawka (tracks: A1, A4, B3, B5), Waldemar Parzynski (tracks: A2, A3, B1, B2, B4)
Bass – Roman Dylag
Composed by Bernard Kawka (tracks: A1, B3, B5)
Drums – Billy Brooks
Engineer [Recording] – Rolf Donner
Piano – Adam Matyszkowicz
Producer – Joachim E. Berendt
Saxophone [Alto] – Zbigniew Namyslowski
Trumpet – Idrees Sulieman
Vocals – Bernard Kawka, Ewa Wanat, Janusz Mych, Waldemar Parzynski

Recorded at SABA Tonstudio, Villingen/Black Forest, February 22nd, 23rd, 1968.

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Novi Quartet
Novi In Wonderland

MPS/BASF Records ‎– CRM 663