Personnel: Anna Maria Jopek (vocals, Fender Rhodes piano, background vocals); Pat Metheny (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, baritone guitar, keyboards, guitar synthesizer); Marek Napiorkowski (guitar, classical guitar); Piotr Nazaruk (hammer dulcimer, flute, recorder, shaker, percussion, background vocals); Robert Dabrowski, Jozef Kolinek, Krzysztof Bz?wka, Katarzyna Gilewska Zagrodzinska, Artur Gadzala, Patrycja Jopek (violin); Dariusz Kisielinski, Wlodzimierz Zurawski (viola); Janusz Olechowski, Jerzy Muranty (cello); Henryk Miskiewicz (soprano saxophone); Leszek Mozdzer (piano); Pawel Zarecki (keyboards, percussion, programming, keyboard programming, loops); Bernard Maseli (vibraphone); Darek Oleszkiewicz (acoustic bass); Robert Kubiszyn (double bass); Marcin Pospieszalski (bass guitar, programming, loops); Mino Cinelu (drums, congas, shaker, triangle, percussion, crotales); Cezary Konrad (drums); Wojciech Kowalewski (bongos, claves, shaker, tambourine, temple blocks, timpani, vibraslap, percussion, bells, crotales).
Audio Mixers: Tadeusz Mieczkowski; Andrzej Karp; Joanna Popowicz.
Recording information: Pueblo People Studios, Warsaw, Poland (07/??/2002-12/09/2002); S1 Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland (07/??/2002-12/09/2002); s4 (07/??/2002-12/09/2002); Sala Kongresowa, Warsaw, Poland (07/??/2002-12/09/2002).
Photographer: Jacek Poremba.
Arrangers: Anna Maria Jopek; Pawel Zarecki; Marcin Kydrynski; Henryk Miskiewicz; Pat Metheny; Leszek Mozdzer.
One of the hallmarks of guitarist Pat Metheny's career is his willingness to connect with a wide variety of musicians, from avant-garde legends Ornette Coleman and Derek Bailey to master drummer Roy Haynes and pop-rocker David Bowie. Previously released in Europe and Japan only, UPOJENIE (Ecstasy) is the result of Metheny's collaboration with Polish singing star Anna Maria Jopek, an album of originals and re-workings (plus lyrics!) of older Metheny tunes. The album is unusual but charming, as Metheny's melodious approach dovetails beautifully with Jopek's sophisticated vocals and influences from traditional Polish folk songs. UPOJENIE is fairly unique in the Metheny canon, but open-eared fans (especially those with world music leanings) who yearn to hear him in a song-oriented context should jump on it.