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Tomasz Stańko


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.



Label: Fundacja Sluchaj
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD1:. Openness; Recreation; All is All; Void; CD2: Danse; Pathless; Wide Awake; Spirit Of Connection; CD3: Come And Go; Disapear Over The Crest; Disapear Over The Crest; Birds; 3.5. Journey.


Article: Play This!

Remembering Tony Oxley: Combination

Read "Remembering Tony Oxley: Combination" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The sad news of the passing of free-spirited English drummer/percussionist Tony Oxley on December 26, 2023, is tempered by the knowledge that his was a life well lived, and his musical legacy a lasting one. As a member of Ronnie Scott's house band in the latter half of the 1960s, Yorkshireman Oxley played with some of ...

Article: Book Review

Tomasz Stańko: Desperado - An Autobiography

Read "Tomasz Stańko: Desperado - An Autobiography" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tomasz Stańko: Desperado, An Autobiography Tomas Stańko con Rafał Księżyk 358 Pagine ISBN-13 978 180050 2222 Equinox Publishing 2022 Edito in prima edizione polacca nel 2010, il libro-intervista di Tomasz Stańko è ora pubblicato in lingua inglese dalla britannica Equinox che ha rispettato meticolosamente il testo originale, aggiornando la ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Daniel Hersog, Jaimie Branch, Tyshawn Sorey and Others

Read "Daniel Hersog, Jaimie Branch, Tyshawn Sorey and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features 2023 releases from the Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra, Jaimie Branch, and Tyshawn Sorey as well as older music from Herbie Nichols, Chet Baker, and others. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Claudia ...


Article: Interview

Tomasz Dąbrowski: Elevating Jazz Storytelling

Read "Tomasz Dąbrowski: Elevating Jazz Storytelling" reviewed by Matthew Vasiliauskas

Joseph Stalin famously said, “Music's a good thing. It calms the beast in the man." For Stalin though, not all music produced peace and serenity. In his eyes, certain types of music could just as easily act as the beast itself; ready to attack and tear apart the society around it. Perhaps the form of music ...


Article: Album Review

Palle Mikkelborg / Jakob Bro / Marilyn Mazur: Strands

Read "Strands" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Strands brings together three of Denmark's finest artists, in their ancestral home. Palle Mikkelborg and Marilyn Mazur have a substantial history together, as does Jakob Bro but to a lesser extent. Bro penned five of the six compositions, one with Mikkelborg, who also contributed one of his pieces. In a storied career which dates to the ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kenneth Jimenez, Jure Pukl, Pyramid Trio & Taiko Saito

Read "Kenneth Jimenez, Jure Pukl, Pyramid Trio & Taiko Saito" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A pair of excellent quartet releases jump off the page in this edition of One Man's Jazz. Bassist Kenneth Jimenez, with Angelica Sanchez, Hery Paz and Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Jure Pukl with Joe Sanders, Peter Evans and Nasheet Waits, create some wonderful contemporary improvisation on their latest projects. NoBusiness Records has a winner in Visitation ...


Article: Album Review

Greg Byers: Dear Zbigniew

Read "Dear Zbigniew" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Half a decade in the making, Dear Zbigniew is multi-string instrumentalist Greg Byers' musical letter to Zbigniew Seifert, the Polish violinist who made his name in Tomasz Stanko's quintet in the late '60s/early '70s. Byers' appreciation of Seifert--dubbed the John Coltrane of the violin--came with his participation in the 2018 and 2020 editions of the Zbigniew ...


Article: Book Review

Desperado: An Autobiography

Read "Desperado: An Autobiography" reviewed by Andrew Hunter

Desperado: an Autobiography Tomasz Stanko 345 Pages ISBN: # 978 1 80050 222 2 Equinox Publishing Ltd2010 Tomasz Stanko; let us begin at the end. When Stanko died of lung cancer in 2018 aged 76, he left behind him a discography of forty records as a leader as well ...


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