Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Amazing Range: Basia and "From Now On"

Okay, I'm pushing the boundaries of world music here, but regardless I'm going to do it anyway. Today's song is by Basia, the stage name of Basia Trzetrzelewska, who had a series of Latin-jazz-pop crossover albums in the 1980s and 1990s. Her vocal range is an astounding three octaves, and she is also known for multi-layered harmonies. A native of Poland, she started with the Polish all-female group Alibakbi between 1972 and 1974, and then joined the rock band Perfect from 1977-79. While in Chicago in the early 1980s, she met Danny White and they started the jazz-pop group Matt Bianco. In 1985 Basia started her solo career, releasing three successful albums. She withdrew from recording in 1998 until 2004, when she was persuaded to work on a new Matt Bianco album. In 2009 she released her fourth solo album. This song, From Now On, is from her first album, 1986's platinum Time and Tide.