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Solecktions

by Kevin Solecki

This Grammy Nominated album features accordionist Kevin Solecki and friends. Kevin's accordion work is showcased on this instrumental polka/waltz CD which includes music from around the world.
Genre: World: Polka
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1. Helena Polka - (Polish)
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2. Tantalizing - (Novelty)
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3. Karen Polka - (Slovenian)
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4. Accordion Polka - (Standard)
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5. Valse Tropicale - (French)
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6. Peanuts Polka - (Mexican)
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7. Pennsylvania Polka - (Standard)
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8. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Polka - (Polish)
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9. La Pizza Polka - (Italian)
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10. Money, Money Polka - (Eastern)
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11. Powerhouse Polka - (Slovenian)
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12. Nowomodny Oberek - (Polish)
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13. Polka Poppers Polka - (Slovenian)
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14. Blue Streak Polka - (Standard)
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15. Flight of the Angels - (Italian)
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16. Ukrainian Polka - (Polish)
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17. Virtuosite Musette - (French)
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18. California Polka - (Slovenian)
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19. Accordiana - (Novelty)
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20. Polka Medley - (Polish)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
KEVIN SOLECKI: ACCORDION

Kevin was born and raised in Warren, Michigan, in October 1978. Kevin started taking accordion lessons at the age of 6, studying at Eligio’s Music Studio of Warren (currently EDB Studios), under the instruction of store owner Eligio DiBerardo. He then went on to study classical music for 10 years, before getting involved in polka music.

At the early age of 10, Kevin started playing solo accordion performances. He could be found playing at nursing and senior homes, weddings, anniversaries, church functions, restaurants, and private parties. Some of Solecki’s earlier highlights included a performance on Detroit’s WCAR Radio in July 1989, a television appearance on Detroit’s WXYZ TV in March 1991, and an interview with his hometown newspaper, The Warren Weekly, in February 1992.

Kevin stopped taking accordion lessons at the age of 16. Shortly afterwards, while still maintaining a demanding solo schedule, he joined a nationally known polka band from Pennsylvania, the "Polka Family". After several extensive months of traveling the country with the Polka Family, Kevin decided to relocate to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in February 1997, where he currently resides.

Over the past 11 years, Kevin has performed all over the United States, including trips to Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. He has toured internationally in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Europe. He has also done numerous radio and television shows, and had the opportunity to perform at some of the country’s top polka festivals, state fairs, county fairs, hotels, and cruise ships.

Some of Solecki’s career highlights include a PBS Television documentary on the “polka”, recorded with the Polka Family in October 2001. This documentary, called "Polka Passion", aired nationwide in the spring of 2002, during PBS’s pledge drive season. He was then asked by Pittsburgh’s local PBS affiliate, WQED TV, to compliment the documentary with a solo interview and a performance on his accordion. Another career highlight includes a GRAMMY nomination for his debut album "Solecktions". His visit to the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards Ceremony held in Los Angeles, California in February 2006 was a memorable experience. Most recently, Kevin was invited to perform at the 7th Annual International Accordion Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2006, the Root River Center as part of the Milwaukee Accordion Club's 15th Anniversary Concert Series in July 2006, and Mario Tacca/Mary Mancini's International Accordion Spectacular Show in October 2006.

You can currently hear some of Kevin’s accordion playing on 5 Polka Family albums... Family Favorites Vol. I, II, III, I Love Polka Music, and West Coast, with featured solos on Family Favorites Vol. I, II, and West Coast. He can also be heard on several other polka recordings, including "All Tuned Up" (1998) by The New Tradition, "Going To A Dance" (1999) by John Stevens' DoubleShot, "Back To Polkas" (2004) by Stephen Kaminski & The Dream Team, "The Best of Polka Parade" (2004) & "The Best of Polka Parade (2005). Outside the polka field, Solecki can be heard on a country album "Don't Look Back" (2005) by the PovertyNeck Hillbillies.

In 2005 Kevin decided to branch out and do his own project. He chose a few friends to help him achieve a full band sound by accompanying him on drums, bass, guitar and accordion, and they recorded and released "Solecktions" in June 2005...a polka album consisting of different styles of polka/waltz music. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Polka Album" during the 2005-2006 season. His most recent recording is a project called “Solecktive Sounds” which was released in September 2007. It once again features different styles of polkas/waltzes. It also features 14 talented guest musicians performing on drums, bass, guitar, banjo, violin, vocals, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute, accordion, concertina and piano.

After 10+ years performing and traveling with the Polka Family, Kevin has departed from the band. He may still be seen filling in with various polka bands around the country. When he can’t be found performing at one of the nations top polka festivals, you may catch him performing a solo show between Pittsburgh, Toledo, Detroit, and Las Vegas. These performances still include senior communities, church functions, country clubs, corporate functions, restaurants, private parties and solo concerts.


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Edwin Suterko

Solections&Solecktive sounds
Kevin Solecki,is one of the finest Accordion Artists in the country.His style,is his own style,no copy catting here.If you really want to hear some fine accordion artistry,be sure to get everyone of Kevin's CD,s.You wont regret it, and I guarantee you will enjoy them.As a member of the Concertina Hall of Fame,and President of the Reno Accordion club, I wish Kevin the sincerest and life long good luck for his continued success.
Respectfully submitted,Eddie Suterko,Reno Nevada

Armand Dion

Kevin Solecki, A Phenomenal Accordionist
Recently, I had the good fortune to hear a couple of Kevin Solecki's songs through my own Accordion teacher, Gary Dahl. I was so impressed that I looked up his website and immediately purchased his two albums. Since then, I have purchased several sets more to give to friends. It was intersting to find that Kevin lived in Warren, Michigan just a couple of miles from where we lived and that we both own Beltuna Accordions purchased from John Castigleone in Warren. Having played in a Polka Band myself back in the 50,s, I know a great Accordionist when I hear one. I play his albums in my car when I am driving and find tears running down my face -- tears of joy to hear a young man play the accordion so well. Kevin plays a Polka on his Kevin Solecki Solecktions that I used to play back in my band days. Having been nominated for a Grammy award, it goes without saying that you will be thrilled to hear Kevin perform. There is no doubt that he will go down as one of the great accordionist of our time.
Respectfully submitted,
Armand Dion, Scottsdale, Arizona



Hi polka fans, if you like polka music and you want to "Put That Hop In Your Step". I highly recommend Kevin Solecki's "Solecktions" CD.
Polkatively,
Frank Powaski, DJ
620 WKHB - Pittsburgh, PA
770 WKFB - Pittsburgh, PA

Joe Maloy

Awesome new CD
As a professional musician, I highly recommend this CD. Every song is perfection with the unique style of Kevin Solecki. The best variety CD you will find! Once you hear the Solecki sound, you become a fan of Solecki and his expertise on the accordion. Buy and enjoy the very best CD available in this field of music. A Grammy winner in my judgement.

Bill Flynn


The Myron Floren of this generation. His talent, presence on stage and ability to perform all varities of music is amazing. His years with the nation's high energy Polka Family ae known by every polka fan. A incredible asset to this generation of young polka fans.

Thomas Markoski

solective sounds
wonderful music enjoyed all of the songs.

Thomas Markoski

solections
this was a great cd,enjoyed them all.

Jack Zolnierowski

Must have for your collection
This CD and Kevin's new CD ( Solective Sounds) are a MUST for anyone who has a deep appreciation for fine music,talent and a variety of Polka's Stylings. Kevin has a keen ear for just the right mix of songs to put together outstanding CD's for your listening pleasure. AND IT IS A PLEASURE!!!
I am proud to have both CD's in my collection! he uses the finest back up musicians and recording people to product a great product. Some artists focus only on one style of music. Not Kevin........He truly is a Versatile Musician and not just another Accordion play who limits himself to one style. My hat is off to you Kevin!
Final Words.......BUY HIS CD's. You will not be disappointed!

garydahl

Solecktions
One of the best polka recordings....virtuoso performance.

Seth Drzewicki

Polka DJ
Seth Drzewicki/ co-host of "WSAM Sunday Morning Polka Show"/ 1400 A.M. - WSAM"/ Serving all of Mid-Michigan/ Heard Sundays "live" 10am-12pm.

This CD is one of the most diverse polka CD's to come out in a long time. Wether your a fan of Polish, Slovenian or any other type of polka music. Then this CD is for you. Kevin does a excellent job of pouring his heart and soul into all 20 songs on this CD. Though my main love in polkas is "Polish style". Thru Kevin's arrangments I've grown to love and appreciate all types of polka music. A must for your polka collection
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