This record was born in the winter. For two nights, on the 7th and 8th of February, 1972, the glass partition in the Polskie Nagrania studio stood between two groups of musicians. On one side the rhythm section: Wlodzimierz Nahorny, Bronislaw Suchanek, drummers Janusz Stefanski and Jozef Gawrych, and ... "Ptaszyn" Wroblewski; on the other, thirty strings rom the National Philharmonic. This time, Ptaszyn turned the leadership over to Zygmnunt Mahlik, director of the Poznanska Pietnastka Radiowa (Poznan Radio's Fifteen Orchestra) with which he had collaborated for fifteen years.
The recording proceeded smoothly, so everyone was pleased until it was time to lay down the solo saxophone track. Ptaszyn was discontented - made one take after another, searched for just the right atmospehere. And thanks to that, the result is sure to please.
This record is, above all, a showcase for Wroblewski's arranging skill. As he, himself, admits, this kind of work suits him best. "I can't imagine life without strings and French horns", he says. An awareness of the fact that these instruments are a distinctive feature of "sweet music", makes us realize just how much this music means to Wroblewski - the jazzman.
He had wanted to make this record for a long time. However, the final conception was born during the production of another album of "sweet music": his friend Wlodzimierz Nahorny's "Her Portrait", on which Ptaszyn led the band, and to which he contributed some of his arrangements."Sweet Beat" offers a similar music, although more aggressive rhythmically - more rock.
P.s One of my favorite Album.
Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski - Stopniowanie
Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski - Bitwa o Grzede (the war over the perch)