SBB (band)

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SBB
SBB - Fryderyki.jpg
SBB in concert, 2013
Background information
Also known as Silesian Blues Band; Szukaj, Burz, Buduj
Origin Siemianowice, Poland
Genres Jazz rock, blues rock, progressive rock, art rock, jazz fusion
Years active 1971–present
Labels CBS, Polskie Nagrania Muza, Supraphon, Spiegelei-Intercord, Omnibus, Wifon, Amiga, Jazz 'n' Java, Metal Mind Productions, Polskie Radio
Associated acts Czesław Niemen
Website sbb-music.jimdo.com
Members Józef Skrzek
Apostolis Anthimos
Jerzy Piotrowski
Past members Paul Wertico

SBB (first known as Silesian Blues Band, later as Szukaj, Burz, Buduj – Polish for "Search, Break up, Build") is a Polish progressive rock band formed following the 1968 Prague Spring and the 1970 riots in Poland, in 1971 in Siemianowice, Upper Silesia by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Józef Skrzek, a young guitar player Apostolis Anthimos the drummer Jerzy Piotrowski and sound engineer Grzegorz Maniecki. It was one of the most popular super-groups in Poland and Europe in the 1970s. SBB was a popular opposite to the acronym of the SB (Służba Bezpieczeństwa - Soviet Secret Service) in Poland and its songs about freedom were known on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

From 1971 until late 1973, SBB performed as Niemen supporting Czesław Wydrzycki. As group Niemen they performed at the, organized by Joachim-Ernst Berendt Rock & Jazz Now! opening show for the Olympic Games in Munich (next to Charles Mingus, John McLaughlin & Mahavishnu Orchestra and subsequently toured accompanying Jack Bruce. In Munich they recorded two LP's for CBS Records International, which started a long lasting friendship and cooperation with Reinhold Mack. Reinhold's son Julian Mack performed in 2005 on SBB's album New Century.

The band was among the forerunners of progressive rock and jazz-rock and attracted many influential jazz musicians, who often performed with the band. The trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski and the saxophonist & bass clarinetist Tomasz Szukalski developed a long lasting relation with SBB.

The group regularly toured Czechoslovakia, East and West Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium, where in 1978 SBB won the OIRT award - the Gouden Zeezwaluw (Golden Seaswallow).[1][2] The band split up in 1980, exactly 13 months before the onset of the martial law in Poland. Józef Skrzek, Tomasz Szukalski and the band's technical crew continued as Józef Skrzek - Tomasz Szukalski Duo and Józef Skrzek Formation taking part in the prophetic movie The War of the Worlds: Next Century produced 11 months before the introduction of the martial law in Poland.

SBB was briefly re-activated after WRON suspended the martial law in Poland in 1991, 1993, 1998 and finally in 2000. After reactivation SBB also briefly toured the United States (1994, drummer Jerzy Piotrowski stayed in the USA) and Russia and in 2006 performed as a highligt at the Baja Prog festival in Mexicali, Mexico (with the drummer Paul Wertico).

SBB members[edit]

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Discography[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
POL
[3]
SBB (1)
  • Recorded: April 18–19, 1974[4]
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
Nowy horyzont (2)
  • Released: May 20, 1975[5]
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
Pamięć (3)
  • Released: September 27, 1976[6]
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
Ze słowem biegnę do ciebie
  • Released: April 18, 1977[7]
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
SBB (Wołanie o brzęk szkła / Touha po zvonění střepů / Slovenian Girls)
  • Released: 1977
  • Label: Supraphon
Jerzyk
  • Released: 1977
  • Label: Wifon
SBB (Amiga)
  • Released: 1978
  • Label: Amiga
Follow My Dream
  • Released: May 22, 1978[8]
  • Label: Spiegelei-Intercord
Welcome
  • Released: March 19, 1979[9]
  • Label: Wifon, Spiegelei-Intercord
Memento z banalnym tryptykiem
  • Released: February 16, 1981[10]
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
Nastroje
  • Released: October 7, 2002[11]
  • Label: Jazz’N’Java Records
New Century
  • Released: September 19, 2005[12]
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
17
The Rock
  • Released: October 29, 2007[13]
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
30
Iron Curtain
  • Released: January 26, 2009[14]
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
17
Blue Trance
  • Released: October 25, 2010[15]
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
50
SBB
  • Released: March 19, 2012[16]
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
26
SBB & Michał Urbaniak
  • Released: October 2, 2015[17]
  • Label: Agencja Muzyczna Polskiego Radia
Za linią horyzontu
  • Released: September 23, 2016[18]
  • Label: Agencja Muzyczna Polskiego Radia
22
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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