Last Polka in Nancy?

Last Polka in Nancy? is the second album by the free jazz quartet Center of the World, consisting of saxophonist Frank Wright, pianist Bobby Few, bassist Alan Silva and drummer Muhammad Ali. It was recorded live in 1973 at the Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival and released on the French Center of the World label. The album was reissued on CD in 1999 by Fractal with a previously unreleased performance from a 1978 reunion.

Last Polka in Nancy?
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Live album by
Center of the World
RecordedOctober 10, 1973
VenueNancy, France
61:00 (Fractal reissue)
LabelCenter of the World
Frank Wright chronology
Center of the World
Last Polka in Nancy?
Adieu Little Man


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]

In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek states "This is a freewheeling exorcism of a set with spar but well placed dynamic sequences that accent all the textures possible when the boundaries to expression are gone."[1]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Winter Echoes" (Few) – 14:48
  2. "Guanna Dance, Part 1" (Silva) – 4:04
  3. "Guanna Dance, Part 2" (Silva) – 11:34
  4. "Thinking of Monk" (Few) – 1:21
  5. "Doing the Polka" (Few) – 10:16

Bonus track on Fractal reissue CD Recorded live 1978 at Neue Anta, Detmold

  1. "Two Birds with One Stone" (Wright) – 18:57



  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Frank Wright – Last Polka in Nancy?: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2017.