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Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: Copenhagen, Denmark, July 6, 2013

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Tomasz Stańko New York QuartetCopenhagen JazzhouseCopenhagen, DenmarkJuly 6, 2013 In the 1960s, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko emerged as a major talent on the European jazz scene. His unique musical voice was recognized by his legendary countryman, pianist Krzysztof Komeda, who enlisted him to be part of his groundbreaking masterpiece Astigmatic (Muza, 1966). Later, Stańko paid homage to his mentor on Litania: The Music of Krzysztof Komeda (ECM, 1997), and even today Komeda's spirit looms large over Stańko's work. This is especially evident in his latest musical incarnation, the so-called New York Quartet, consisting of ...

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Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: New York, NY, March 29, 2013

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Tomasz Stańko New York QuartetWisława release partyBirdlandNew York City, NYMarch 29, 2013“Assassins" might not have been the first description that came to mind when Tomasz Stańko and his young new allies took to the stage, but they proved no less calculating when they deployed the selfsame tune off Wisława (ECM, 2013) to close a balmy Friday night set at Birdland. His double album takes its inspiration from poet Wisława Szymborska (1923-2012), whose words and images provided ample thematic material. Indeed, Stańko manifested an engaging brand of poetry as only a musician of his ...

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Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: Wislawa

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Since returning to the ECM fold in 1994 to record Matka Joanna (1995), Tomasz Stańko has virtually rebooted a career that demonstrated significant promise back in the 1970s, when he released Balladyna (1976) for the label, and worked with others including Finnish drummer Edward Vesala and American bassist Gary Peacock. The Polish trumpeter was far from dormant in the period between 1981 and 1994, releasing a slew of recordings in Poland, but none--with the exception Bluish (Power Bros, 1992) and Bosonossa (Gowi, 1993)--came close to his work for the German label. That those last two recordings were made with stalwart ...

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet: New York City, January 14, 2011

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet with Chris PotterJazz StandardNew York, NYJanuary 14, 2011 Polish trumpet legend Tomasz Stanko has long had a close relationship with New York City. One of the first great jazz musicians to come out of Eastern Europe in the late 1970s, Stanko today splits his time between Warsaw and New York. But even from his first free jazz efforts with the great Krzysztof Komeda through his sparse, melodic releases on the German ECM label, his music has been tinged with a familiar gritty aesthetic that fits so neatly with the streets of ...

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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Dark Eyes

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As a trumpeter, Tomasz Stanko clearly owes a debt to Miles Davis; yet, after four decades making some of the most arresting small ensemble jazz music in Europe, the Polish veteran perhaps deserves to be considered in the same category as the iconic legend. As a trumpeter, composer and leader, Stanko has few peers, past or present. Dark Eyes introduces Stanko's exciting new band after three wonderful recordings with pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Slavomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz, and signals another chapter in the evolution of one of jazz's most significant voices. It would have been easy ...

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet at Birdland, April 18, 2010

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet Birdland New York, New York April 18, 2010

The legendary Polish trumpeter took to the stage at New York's Birdland backed by his new band comprising Olavi Louhivuori (drums), Jakob Bro (guitar), Alexi Tuomarila (piano) and Anders Christensen (bass). The set, which featured music mostly from Stanko's recent Dark Eyes (ECM, 2009), proved to be a departure from the kind of material from his previous discs. Gone were the acoustic sensibilities of his previous band, the Marcin Wasilewski trio, replaced by the urgency of Toumarila's piano and ...

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Tomasz Stanko At Birdland: A Subtext Of Sadness And Suspended Sounds

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet Birdland New York, NY April 13, 2010

A mixture of eager anticipation and horrible sadness surrounded trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's early April arrival at Birdland. After creating a string of critically acclaimed albums in an acoustic quartet format, Stanko went in a different direction for 2010's Dark Eyes--which features a quintet including electric bass and electric guitar--and this string of shows was to be the first opportunity for New Yorkers to see this group in person. While his new band--and their new album--was the subject matter at hand, the plane crash ...

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet at Dazzle in Denver

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge Denver, CO April 10, 2010

The ECM record label has been issuing innovative music since 1969. Although it has released over 1,000 albums by now, most share an aesthetic that makes their sound instantly recognizable. While usually lumped into the jazz camp, most ECM artists don't “swing" in the traditional jazz sense. However, the music is generally instrumental, improvisational and almost always, quite cerebral. A significant portion of ECM's music is ethereal and often hypnotic.

Trumpeter Tomasz Stanko records on the ECM label and he ...

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Tomasz Stanko: Dark Eyes

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Much of trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's output in the '00s featured the piano trio of countrymen Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Michal Miskiewicz. Dark Eyes is a departure--the first recording to feature the Polish icon's new quintet with pianist Alexi Tuomarila, guitarist Jakob Bro, bassist Anders Christensen and drummer Olavi Louhivuori. Bit by bit, the band's seductive rapport and cagey dynamics are revealed: first the rubato portent and spaciousness of “So Nice," then a marked shift to a rock-like beat and cutting Bb-minor ostinato in “Terminal 7," later the spiky unison lines of “Amsterdam Avenue" and even a ...

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Tomasz Stanko: Dark Eyes

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Tomasz Stanko Dark Eyes ECM 2009

Since he first caught listeners' ears in pianist and composer Krzysztof Komeda's Polish quintets of the 1960s, Tomasz Stanko has grown to be recognized as one of the most sophisticated and distinctive trumpet players in the world. His dark-hued sound and brassy screams hearken to the souls of Miles Davis and Chet Baker, while the context of his playing and his own modal compositions are especially personal. This approach has graced settings ranging from blasting electro-funk fusion bands to large-scale avant-garde ensembles, from classical orchestras to ...

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet at RNCM Theatre, Manchester

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet RNCM Theatre Manchester, England October 11, 2009

The fire hinted at in Tomasz Stanko's most recent album, Dark Eyes (2009, ECM), has become the focal point of his new quintet's live operations. Whereas the trumpeter's latest ECM disc ferments with economical restraint and brooding atmosphere, the live incarnation of this material takes the looser and fierier elements of Dark Eyes and brings them to the foreground, creating a new panoramic view of the original source. Each player's role is more pronounced and more individual; it's clear that the group's recent touring has allowed the compositions ...

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet: Dark Eyes

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Tomasz Stanko Quintet Dark Eyes ECM Records 2009

It has been a regular event at the ECM label for artists to change line-ups after three albums. After a trio of releases with the prodigiously talented pianist Marcin Wasilewski--(Soul of Things (ECM, 2002), Suspended Night (ECM, 2003) and Lontano (ECM, 2006)--Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko debuts a new and exciting quintet. Dark Eyes is a collection of smoky compositions that evidence Stanko's continuing interest in the tension between composed and improvised music, as well as venturing into territories new. Mining a similar sonic palette ...

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Tomasz Stanko Quartet at the 2009 Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Day 2

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Tomasz Stanko QuartetNorfolk and Norwich FestivalSt Peter Mancroft ChurchNorwich, UKMay 3, 2009

Trumpeter Tomasz Stanko (pictured left) brought his quartet to the Norfolk and Norwich Festival for the first time, to perform in the beautiful 15th Century St. Peter Mancroft Church in the center of Norwich. The venue suited Stanko's ethereal trumpet style perfectly, even if its high vaulted roof was less-than-perfect acoustically. The performance was skillful, emotive and engaging, drawing the audience into his ...

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Tomasz Stanko Quartet with Billy Harper at MoMA: Tribute to Krzysztof Komeda

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Tomasz Stanko Quartet with Billy Harper: A Concert Tribute to Krzysztof KomedaMuseum of Modern ArtNew York City, NYMay 19, 2008 Starting last April, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) began running a series, called Jazz Score, celebrating original jazz composed for the scores of movies from the 1950s to the present. Pianist and composer Krzysztof Komeda (1931-1969) is represented by four films: Noz w wodzie (Knife In The Water), Le Gros e le maigre (The Fat and the Lean), Le Depart and Szlandar (Banner). While the first two were directed by Roman Polanski, the ...



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