Classics: Basia – Run For Cover (Portrait)
Polish Jazz singer Basia Trzetrzelewska came to fame when relocating to England by the beginning of the 80’s. And most likely when joining forces with Matt Bianco on a Latin flavored Jazz mood. She would neverthkless leave soon after the recording of MB‘s ‘Whose Side Are You On?’ album to start a solo career. Making her debut back in 1987 with the ‘Time And Tide’ album which featured classics such as ‘Promises’ and ‘Prime Time TV’. Not to mention its title track and ‘Run For Cover’.
A track she co-wrote with producer Danny White, himself also formerly of the Matt Bianco fame. Something you can tell from the very beginning of ‘Run For Cover’, judging by its definitive brilliance.
Urged by her former bandmates Danny White and Mark Reilly to join the then reunited Matt Bianco, she returned to music in 2004, recording ‘Matt’s Mood’ with the band. Eventually makin’ her solo return 5 years after with the ‘It’s That Girl Again’ with White‘s assistance.
A native of Jaworzno, Poland, Basia has come quite a long way before meeting international recognition. Debuting as a guest of local amateur Rock band Astry and performing with them at the Polish Festival of Beat Avangarde in Kalisz, where they won. She most likely made a name for herself in her native country as a member of popular all-female vocal group Alibabki from 1972 to 1974. This before singing for Rock band Perfect.
Spending a few months in Chicago by the end of the 70’s, she relocated to London in 1981. There she eventually met Mark Reilly and Danny White. And together they started performing under the Bronze banner before givin’ birth to Matt Bianco. Eventually recording their debut, ‘Whose Side Are You On?’. An album which spanned gems such as ‘Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed’ and ‘More Than I Can Bear’.
Basia and Danny White, who subsequently formed a romantic relationship, left the group soon after the first album. Meanwhile crafting what would be a very successful international solo career for Basia. Beginning with her 1987 debut-album, ‘Time And Tide’ which sold almost two million copies. With thanks to singles such as ‘Promises, ‘Run For Cover’, ‘Prime Time TV’ and its title track. Its follow-up, ‘London Warsaw New York’ generating the same following. With thanks to ‘Cruising For Bruising’, ‘Baby You’re Mine’ and a cover version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Until You Come Back to Me’.
Her third album, ‘The Sweetest Illusion’, somehow marked an inflection, although selling around 1 million copies. Then she more or less disappeared from the radar. Eventually reuniting with Matt Bianco along with Danny White for the 2004 critically acclaimed ‘Matt’s Mood’ album.
Basia released her 4th album – ‘ It’s That Girl Again’ – 5 years later. Makin’ a Top 10 in the US Jazz albums chart and going Gold and Platinum for the first time in her native Poland. With thanks to gems such as ‘Blame It On The Summer’ and ‘The Gift’.