Selected Recordings (Rarum XVII)

Selected Recordings (Rarum XVII)

by Tomasz StankoTomasz Stanko

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Polish composer and trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's career has been long and varied -- from working with the legendary Krzysztof Komeda in the 1950s and '60s, to his own work that ranges form hard bop to electronic improvisation. A wonderful illustration of that principle is his association with Manfred Eicher's ECM label. This volume, in the excellent Rarum series, begins with Stanko's first date as a leader for ECM in 1975 on the album Balladyna. There are two selections from the set highlighting what was well-known at the time as his radical "predatory lyricism" method of composition and soloing. These stand in subtle contrast with his solo on "Together," from Edward Vesala's Stau from a year later, where his soloing style was already in transition, and he moved even further afield when he played on Gary Peacock's beautiful album Voice From the Past, from which the selection "Moor" is taken. Stanko's harmonic interplay with saxophonist Jan Garbarek is nothing short of breathtaking. Stanko didn't record for ECM again until the mid-1990s, on his own Matka Joanna, by which time his longer, loping lines and more open method of composition, which left much room for silence, and his reliance on a languid yet rich and beautiful counterpoint, was coming to fruition. The majority of this fine set is taken from Matka Joanna, as well as from the titles Litania: The Music of Krzysztof Komeda, Leosia, and From the Green Hill. This is a welcome addition to the Stanko catalog in that it represents an artist who stands outside not only most jazz classification systems, but also apart from ECM's "classic" sound. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2004
Label: Ecm Import
UPC: 0044001420924
catalogNumber: 014209
Rank: 73182


  1. Tales for a Girl, 12
  2. Pantronic
  3. Cain's Brand
  4. Tale
  5. Moor
  6. Die Weisheit von Le comte Lautréamont
  7. Morning Heavy Song
  8. Quintet's Time
  9. Sleep Safe and Warm
  10. Litania
  11. Together
  12. Balladyna

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tomasz Stanko   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Jan Garbarek   Soprano Saxophone
Dave Holland   Double Bass
Tony Oxley   Drums
Gary Peacock   Double Bass
Dino Saluzzi   Bandoneon
John Surman   Clarinet
Edward Vesala   Drums
Juhani Aaltonen   Alto Flute
Bernt Rosengren   Tenor Saxophone
Jon Balke   Piano
Bobo Stenson   Piano
Anders Jormin   Double Bass
Joakim Milder   Tenor Saxophone
Jon Christensen   Drums
Palle Danielsson   Double Bass
Tomasz Szukalski   Tenor Saxophone
Michelle Makarski   Violin

Technical Credits

Dave Holland   Composer
Gary Peacock   Composer
Edward Vesala   Composer
Tomasz Stanko   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug   Engineer
Martin Wieland   Engineer
Krzysztof Komeda   Composer

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