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Tomasz Stanko

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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.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: In Pictures

Seeing More Jazz

Read "Seeing More Jazz" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


My interview (Seeing Jazz: The Photography of Luciano Rossetti) with Karl Ackermann was published earlier this week. Here are some additional photos of mine that I wanted to share. Over the course of my career I have had the pleasure of photographing some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world including Anthony Braxton, ...

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Article: Radio

Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen

Read "Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


New releases galore this edition to sift through and that's always enjoyable. Pianist Alexander Hawkins goes large ensemble on his new Togetherness Music and which is graced by the presence of the great Evan Parker; the Finnish duo of Timo Lassy and Teppo Makynen tear things down on the opening track; the trio of Brian Jones, ...

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Article: Radio

Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists

Read "Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Deconstructing one of the original deconstructers of jazz, Thelonious Monk, is no easy task, but the Italian duo of trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and percussionist Sergio Armaroli do exactly that on their new album Deconstructing Monk In Africa. It's one of the more unusual releases of late; you'll hear an excerpt from their extended work. Monk is ...

Article: Book Review

La rivoluzione di Joe Harriott nel jazz britannico, tra guerra fredda e spy stories

Read "La rivoluzione di Joe Harriott nel jazz britannico, tra guerra fredda e spy stories" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Subversion Through Jazz—The Birth of British Progressive Jazz in a Cold War Climate Matt Parker 286 pagine ISBN: #978-1-9163206-3-5 Jazz In Britain 2020 Nei primi anni sessanta è stato il sassofonista giamaicano Joe Harriott a condurre il jazz britannico nella sua fase adulta, sganciata dai modelli del New ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Sarian: New Aurora

Read "New Aurora" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Trumpeter Michael Sarian leads two large-sized groups, The Chabones and The Big Chabones, that utilize multiple horns and electronic sounds in high energy arrangements. This quartet recording is a different story. Sarian is the lone horn here, playing trumpet on the first track and flugelhorn on the rest, while the music itself is strictly acoustic. Much ...

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Article: Album Review

Chad McCullough: Forward

Read "Forward" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Since his excellent recording debut under his own name, 2009's Dark Wood, Dark Water (Origin Records), trumpeter Chad McCullough has co-led a handful of forward-leaning discs with Belgian pianist Bram Weijters and one with Slovakian pianist Michal Vanoucek, in addition his work as sideman and his contributions to a few leaderless ensemble sets. Forward is just ...

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Article: Book Review

Komeda: A Private Life In Jazz

Read "Komeda: A Private Life In Jazz" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Komeda: A Private Life In Jazz Magdalena Grzebałkowska 456 Pages ISBN: 978 1 78179 945 1 Equinox Publishing2020 That it has taken over fifty years for the first English-language biography of Krzysztof Komeda to appear reflects the pianist/composer's underground status outside his native Poland. Yet no history of European ...

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Article: Interview

Johanna Burnheart: Techno Jazz Shines A Light: New Directions In Music

Read "Johanna Burnheart: Techno Jazz Shines A Light: New Directions In Music" reviewed by Chris May


A relatively new name on London's alternative jazz scene, the German-born violinist, vocalist and composer Johanna Burnheart has made a rapid ascent since leaving the city's Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2018. She has played on three of the scene's benchmark albums--spiritual-jazz band Maisha's There Is A Place (Brownswood, 2018), trombonist Rosie Turton's 5ive ...


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