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The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience in Context

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The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience In Context Various authors/Edited by Francesco Martinelli 741 Pages ISBN: 13 978 1 78179 446 3 Equinox Publishing 2018 It's taken some time, about a century in fact, but finally, thanks chiefly to editor and jazz historian Francesco Martinelli of Siena Jazz, the first comprehensive, pan-European history of jazz sees the light of day. And what stories they are too -complex, colorful ...

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Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet: December Avenue

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The elder statesman of modern Polish jazz, trumpeter and composer Tomasz Stańko has more than a forty year history with ECM. Dating back to his 1976 label debut, Balladyna, Stańko sounds to have arrived fully-formed, and in the company of Dave Holland and Finnish percussionist Edward Vesala. Stańko's trademark atmospheric and cerebral style is fully intact on December Avenue, his twelth album for Manfred Eicher's label. Stańko's New York Quartet includes ECM artists David Virelles, whose Mbókò ...

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April Jazz 2015

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April Jazz 2015 National Concert Hall jny: Dublin April 10-12, 2015 April Jazz is the latest addition to Dublin's thriving jazz/improvised music scene. The weekend festival is part of the National Concert Hall's Perspectives program, a series of monthly concerts that spans modern bluegrass and fiddle soundscapes, alt country and contemporary piano recitals. Even within the three-day April Jazz festival there was a little of something for everyone, reflecting the eclectic nature of ...

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Tomasz Stanko: Leosia

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Recorded in 1996 and released in 1997, Leosia is not only one of the high points of trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's forty-year career, but one of the absolute gems in the ECM catalogue, twenty years removed from his first ECM recording, Balladyna. The album itself is one of those things that just seems perfect from start to finish. “Morning Heavy Song," which first appeared on Bosonossa and Other Ballads, opens the set and sets the tone. From pianist Bobo ...

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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 ...

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Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet at Birdland

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Tomasz Stańko New York QuartetWisława Release PartyBirdlandNew York, 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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