The Polish-born Basia crossed the Iron Curtain in the 1980s to become an international pop singer and fixture on "jazz-lite" stations everywhere. Her 1988 debut, the platinum Time and Tide, yielded the pop hits “Time and Tide” and “New Day for You." She continued to explore soul, samba, swing, and bossa nova on London Warsaw New York (1990), a platinum album that featured the single “Cruising for Bruising." The Sweetest Illusion (1994) included more Latin-tinged material, including the salsa-styled “An Olive Tree.”

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