SBB (band)

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SBB in concert, 2013
SBB in concert, 2013
Background information
Also known asSilesian Blues Band; Szukaj, Burz, Buduj
OriginSiemianowice, Poland
GenresJazz rock, blues rock, progressive rock, art rock, jazz fusion
Years active1971–present
LabelsCBS, Polskie Nagrania Muza, Supraphon, Spiegelei-Intercord, Omnibus, Wifon, Amiga, Jazz 'n' Java, Metal Mind Productions, Polskie Radio
MembersJózef Skrzek
Apostolis Anthimos
Jerzy Piotrowski
Past membersPaul 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 in 1971 in Siemianowice, Upper Silesia. It consisted of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Józef Skrzek, guitarist 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.

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.


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. SBB's cooperation with Niemen is presented on 5 albums.

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] 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. After the onset of martial law Apostolis Anthimos joined the jazz trompeter Tomasz Stańko and the Greek band of George Dalaras, Jerzy Piotrowski joined or supported various bands, e.g. Kombi, Young Power, Krzak, Martyna Jakubowicz and Stanisław Sojka and Józef Skrzek performed mainly organ music at sacral buildings.

SBB was briefly re-activated 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 highlight at the Baja Prog festival in Mexicali, Mexico (with the drummer Paul Wertico). From 2016 Michał Urbaniak started to support the band.

SBB members[edit]



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


  1. ^ "The History Of SBB". Paul Wertico. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "SBB - SBB [Aka: SBB 1] (1974)".
  4. ^ "Wiadomości muzyczne w Open.FM".
  5. ^ "Wiadomości muzyczne w Open.FM".
  6. ^ "Wiadomości muzyczne w Open.FM".
  7. ^ "Wiadomości muzyczne w Open.FM".
  8. ^ "Wiadomości muzyczne w Open.FM".
  9. ^ "Wiadomości muzyczne w Open.FM".
  10. ^ "SBB - Nastroje - Muzyka w".
  11. ^ "SBB - New Century - Muzyka w".
  12. ^ "SBB - the Rock - Muzyka w".
  13. ^ "SBB - Iron Curtain - Muzyka w".
  14. ^ "SBB - Blue Trance - Muzyka w".
  15. ^ "SBB - SBB - Muzyka w".
  16. ^ "SBB, Michał Urbaniak – SBB & Michał Urbaniak (2015, CD)". Discogs.
  17. ^ "SBB Za linią horyzontu - Recenzja -". Archived from the original on 2016-10-02.

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