Wlodek GulgowskiWlodek ( 1944 in Łóż) studied in the piano class at the Konserwatorium Warszawskim. He first played in an amateur swing music band and then worked with the Warsaw New Orleans Stompers, with whom the first recordings were made in 1963. In the same year he performed at the International Jazz Jamboree in Warszawa as a pianist in Zbigniew Namysłowski's quartet; he worked with this band in the following years. In 1965 he appeared together with other Polish jazz musicians in the film "Jazz from Poland" (director: Janusz Majewski) produced by Joachim Ernst Berendt and shown on German television.
Soon after, Gulgowski emigrated to Sweden, where he initially worked as a studio musician. There, together with Namysłowski, he founded the rock-jazz project Pop Workshop, which released two albums in 1973 and 1974 with Janne Schaffer, Mads Vinding, Ed Thigpen and Tony Williams. He also released several albums under his own name and accompanied pop singers like Maritza Horn with his orchestra. In 1974 Michał Urbaniak invited him to join concerts in the USA; this also resulted in the albums Fusion III and Funk Factory. Back in Sweden he formed the prog rock band Made in Sweden (with Steve Gadd and Anthony Jackson) with whom he explored the Mini-Moog and released the album Where Do We Begin in 1976. He also worked with ABBA, for whose first records he arranged and worked as an instrumentalist in the studio; he can also be heard on albums by Sabu Martinez, Pekka Pohjola, Gábor Szabó, George Russell or Bengt-Arne Wallin/Nils Landgren.
In 1978 he began working with guitarist Al Di Meola, with whom he performed in many European countries and the USA. Occasionally he gave concerts in Poland, so in 1984 at the Jazz Jamboree with the Latin Lover Band (with Hector Bingert, José Pérez and Jorge Sadi). Later he worked mainly as a film composer.
Columbia Records PC 33542
recorded February 1975 in New York City/USA
Michał Urbaniak, violin, synthesizer
Larry Coryell, guitar
John Abercrombie. guitar
Joe Caro, guitar
Wlodek Gulgowski, piano, organ, synthesizer
Anthony Jackson, bass
Gerald Brown, drums
Steve Gadd, drums
Urszula Dudziak, percussion, percussion, voice
Bernard Kafka, voice
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