SBB in concert, 2013
|Also known as||Silesian Blues Band; Szukaj, Burz, Buduj|
|Genres||Jazz rock, blues rock, progressive rock, art rock, jazz fusion|
|Labels||CBS, Polskie Nagrania Muza, Supraphon, Spiegelei-Intercord, Omnibus, Wifon, Amiga, Jazz 'n' Java, Metal Mind Productions, Polskie Radio|
|Associated acts||Czesław Niemen|
|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 1971 in Siemianowice, Upper Silesia. It consisted of 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) - the Polish branch of KGB) in Polish People's Republic 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. SBB's cooperation with Niemen is presented on 5 albums.
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). 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 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). From 2016 Michał Urbaniak started to support the band.
- Józef Skrzek – bass guitar, lead singer, piano, keyboards, harmonica, percussion
- Apostolis Anthimos – guitar, bouzouki, drums, percussion, bass, keyboards
- Jerzy Piotrowski (1971-1994, 2014–present) – drums
- Sławomir Piwowar (1979–1980) – guitar, Fender piano, clavinet
- Andrzej Rusek (1993–94) – bass guitar
- Mirosław Muzykant (1998–1999) – drums
- Ireneusz Głyk (2003-2011) – drums
- Paul Wertico (2000–2007) – drums
- Gábor Németh (2007-2011) – drums
- Zbigniew Wiatr (1972-2004) – sound, percussion, Polymoog
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Nowy horyzont (2)||
|Ze słowem biegnę do ciebie||
|SBB (Wołanie o brzęk szkła / Touha po zvonění střepů / Slovenian Girls)||
|Follow My Dream||
|Memento z banalnym tryptykiem||
|SBB & Michał Urbaniak||
|Za linią horyzontu||
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- "The History Of SBB:". Paul Wertico. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
- "SBB (Poland):". New Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
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