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Tomasz Stanko

Tomasz Stanko was 20 and a graduate of the Cracow Music Academy when he formed his first band, the Jazz Darings, with pianist Adam Makowicz in 1962. Inspired by early Ornette Coleman and the innovations of Coltrane, Miles Davis and George Russell, the group is often cited by music historians as the first European group to play free jazz, but for the trumpeter its importance was eclipsed by the invitation to join Krzystof Komeda's quintet the following year. Stanko has acknowledged that much of his subsequent musical direction and his own compositional style was influenced by Komeda. The lyricism, the feeling of playing only the essential, the approach to structure, to asymmetry, many harmonic details. Stanko toured for five years with Komeda, appeared on 11 albums with him, and also made contributions to all of the films scores that Komeda realized in Poland.

Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums

Read "Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz and the movies have a shared history stretching back almost a hundred years. The relationship came into its own in the US in the mid twentieth century. Elia Kazan's 1950 movie Panic In The Streets is an early example of how film makers used jazz-based soundtracks to enhance drama and atmosphere and create ambiances of ...

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Marcin Wasilewski Trio - Joe Lovano: Arctic Riff

Read "Arctic Riff" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Marcin Wasilewski Trio has been reliably consistent in their twenty-five years together. Still in their teens when they recorded their debut, Komeda (GOWI Records, 1995), the Polish trio—then known as The Simple Acoustic Trio—came to the attention of their country's iconic trumpeter Tomasz Stanko who signed them on to complete his quartet. They appeared together ...

John Scofield As A Sideman: The Best Of…

Read "John Scofield As A Sideman: The Best Of…" reviewed by Ian Patterson

John Scofield is a modern-day jazz legend, one of the most instantly recognizable voices on the guitar, and an inspiration to many. In a solo career that began in earnest in 1977, Scofield has carved out his own sound on dozens of albums, including his tribute to Steve Swallow, Swallow Tales (ECM, 2020), a trio album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dark Side Trio: Industrial Song

Read "Industrial Song" reviewed by Chris May

The sophomore album from Kiev-based tenor saxophonist Danylo Vinarikov's Dark Side Trio is a tuneful, burnished affair which belies the rather forbidding name of the band, the seriosity of the album title and the dark satanic mills evoked by the sleeve art. The name of the band is also paradoxical, for the Dark Side Trio heard ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Superposition: Superposition

Read "Superposition" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This outing by Helsinki-based jazz group Superposition is as bold as debut records come. In place of catchy melodies, the reeds focus on odd lines composed of small intervals. Instead of comfortable swing and funky shuffles, bass-and snare-drum work up a choppy sweat to wild cymbal blows. Not to mention the unstoppable double-bass fingers, running up ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Don Cherry: Cherry Jam

Read "Cherry Jam" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the same year that composer/multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry recorded his milestone Complete Communion (Blue Note, 1966) he took his cornet to the studio of Danish National Radio. Cherry had established himself by the early 1960s, playing with Steve Lacy, Ornette Coleman, Paul Bley, John Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler and Ed Blackwell. Copenhagen began ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Farnell Newton, Nuphar Fey and a tribute to Jon Christensen

Read "Farnell Newton, Nuphar Fey and a  tribute to Jon Christensen" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Two featured new albums from Farnell Newton and Nuphar Fey and a comprehensive tribute to Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen who passed away on 18th February Farnell Newton gets up on the good foot and heads off full speed ahead on his second leader album for Posi-Tone. This action packed session features the high powered ...

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Maria Pia De Vito: Bergamo Jazz and Beyond

Read "Maria Pia De Vito: Bergamo Jazz and Beyond" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Non tutte le cantanti, attraverso l'espressione interpretativa, riescono a mettere in piena evidenza il mondo socio-culturale che sta all'origine delle singole canzoni da loro proposte. Proprio questa sembra essere la preoccupazione irrinunciabile di Maria Pia De Vito, che col suo lavoro ha sempre teso a esaltare l'interconnessione, strettissima, indispensabile, fra il livello colto e quello popolare, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jim Black, Mario Santos, William Parker, Dave Sewelson and More

Read "Jim Black, Mario Santos, William Parker, Dave Sewelson and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Is it too early to choose a “best-of" for 2020. I know it's only January, but drummer Jim Black has released an absolute killer of an album with pianist Elias Stemeseder and bassist Thomas Morgan that is an outstanding piece of work. Reckon came out on the Intakt label from Switzerland in January, so be on ...


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