原名 Barbara Trzetrzelewska 的 Basia於1954年9月30日在波兰出生. 是少数被归类为Pop-Jazz的歌手。1987年Basia Trzetrzelewska 以『Time & Tide』个人专辑一鸣惊人。
「Cruising for bruising」这首歌曲是Basia在 1990年【London Warsaw New York】这张专辑当中最知名的代表作！Basia的唱腔、加上异国风味的旋律曲调，营造出一种既爵士却又不失流行的感觉，使得这首歌曲成为Basia歌唱生涯当中最令人印象深刻的作品之一。Basia的歌曲让许多来自世界各地的歌迷写信给她，称讚她让人懂得如何去聆听爵士音乐，也因为有了Basia，才能让更多流行歌迷，进入爵士音乐的天地。
1990年的 London, Warsaw, New York 专辑再接再厉, 销量同样过百万, Crusing for bruising (Basia / Danny White)单曲亦能升至 Billboard Hot 100 第29位。 Basia 较受成年乐迷欢迎, 所以她的专辑和单曲在 Billboard Adult Contemporary 榜的成绩较在 Hot 100 流行榜出色, 这专辑便成为 Billboard Jazz Contemporary 榜的全年总冠军。此外专辑中的 Baby you're mine (Basia / Danny White)和翻唱 Aretha Franklin 的 Until you come back to me (Stevie Wonder/Clarence Paul /Morris Broadnax)也能打入 Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart。
Basia – London Warsaw New York
Label:Epic – EK 45472, Epic – 45472
Style:Synth-pop, Contemporary Jazz
Audio CD (October 23, 1989)
Number of Discs: 1
By David Kaminsky
Basia's debut CD, warm and witty and engaging as it is, didn't adequately answer the burning question: is there life after Matt Bianco? From the opening bars of the CD, all doubt is eliminated, and Basia's musical horizon is unmistakably clear. The CD cover helps express the tone of this work. Basia looks sexy, soft, and breezy, while Danny White's gaze is smouldering and pensive. The cover makes it clear this is a partnership, not just a showcase for the Polish superstar. The first track, the classic "Cruising for Bruising," is soft, subtle, and with just the right hint of wistful sadness. Basia's sound is a harmonious blending of pop, jazz, samba, bossa nova, and electronic genres, and her voice soars over Danny White's beautifully-crafted electronic and acoustic soundscapes. Basia's music is also touched with a bittersweet worldliness, as in the lyrics for "Cruising for Bruising": "I know it's not easy / Your heart is aching / But so is mine." The next track, "Best Friends," adds fiery horns and congas and picks up the pace for the moment. Then it's time for one of Basia's great ballads, "Brave New Hope." It recalls "From Now on" from the previous CD but is much more musically spare and lyrically sophisticated. In fact, the whole CD is very elegant, urbane, and sophisticated. Many critics use "tasteful" as a disparaging description, but I think it is an apt description of Basia's music. The last verse of "Brave New Hope" is especially powerful, as the lead and backing vocals build in intensity. The fourth track is the Brasilian-inflected "Baby You're Mine." Brasil is evoked both in the instruments used (berimbau and shaker, gorgeous acoustic guitar) as well as in Basia's exotic phrasing. "Ordinary People" is a long, dark, syncopated number, evoking the best of Matt Bianco's pieces. It is a rare stab at topicality for Basia, but she manages to also make it very personal. The keyboard work and overlapping layers of vocals make this song into a musical experience. The instrumental/percussion/scatting break which follows the second chorus is very loose and jazzy, and it perfectly demonstrates Basia's confidence in and comfort with the material. The sixth song, "Reward," begins with a gentle piano solo before the insistent rhythm grabs hold. The Polish verse at the end is a lovely touch by "a stranger in this land." The seventh song is Basia's ass-kicking remake of the old Stevie Wonder/Paul/Broadnax song "Until You Come Back to me." Basia has said she copied Aretha Franklin's phrasing for the song, yet she manages to make the song her own. Next is the fun, frantic, frenetic "Copernicus," one of my favourite Basia songs. The lyrics are very warm and humourous, and you can almost believe that "Chopin too / Would dig samba if he had a chance to groove." Chopin might have adored the baritone saxophone solo in this song. The Polish language is heard once again, perhaps to demonstrate how hip and cosmopolitan it can sound when added to a samba/jazz groove. Basia sounds like she's having a lot of fun, and she imparts that feeling to her lucky audience. "Not an Angel" follows, and it surprises in its sensuality and playfulness. The trumpets and bass saxophone give the piece a more earthy feel, as befits the lyrics. Danny's keyboard solo adds to the festive, light-hearted mood of the piece. The CD closes with another piece rich in Braslian influences, "Take Him Back Rachel." The notion of friendly/sisterly advice is underlined by the more sinister notion that that narrator now "has" the guy Rachel is reconsidering. As in "Ordinary People," so in this track this is a fluidity, almost an unravelling, after the second chorus. The darkness of the song fits in well with the fatalism of Brasilian music and art. This CD is Basia's tribute to her three "homes": Poland, Brasil, and the entire musical globe. What a wonderful work!
Mastered By [Originally] – Tim Young
Mixed By – "Mix Master" Phil Harding*
Mixed By [Assistant] – Les Sharma, Tony King
Producer, Arranged By – Basia Trzetrzelewska*, Danny White
Recorded By – Mike Dignam
Recorded By [Assistant] – Derek Fischer (2), Donal Hodgson, Richard Barraclough*
Written-By – Basia Trzetrzelewska* (tracks: 1 to 6, 8 to 10), Danny White (tracks: 1 to 6, 8 to 10)
© 1989 CBS Records Inc./(P) 1989 CBS Records Inc.
Manufactured by Epic Records/CBS Records Inc.
Printed in U.S.A.
Track times do not appear on release.
Another version of the US release (with a Danny White photograph on back cover), exists.
This issue has a Basia picture on the back sleeve.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout: DIDP-072052 2
Other: DIDP 072052
01. Cruising For Bruising 4:10
02. Best Friends 4:05
03. Brave New Hope 4:07
04. Baby You're Mine 3:35
05. Ordinary People 4:59
06. Reward 5:10
07. Until You Come Back To Me 3:54
08. Copernicus 3:52
09. Not An Angel 4:24
10. Take Him Back Rachel 4:19