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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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