Oct 15, 2009

Tomasz Stanko - Balladyna

barabara sounds sez:
A tasty set from ECM, laid down in 1976. Stanko blows both hard and cool. This is polished jazz (bad pun intended).

dusty sez:
One of the first ECM sessions from trumpeter Tomasz Stanko — a groundbreaking player who first got his start working in Poland with Kryzstof Komeda in the 60s, but then went onto a huge legacy of compelling ECM work for the space of a few decades! This set's arguably a bit bolder than some of Stanko's later sides — a bit forceful at times, with a rhythmic conception that certainly echoes his roots with Komeda, but also shows some of his newer ear for atmospherics as well. Stanko's a tremendous trumpeter that should be ranked right up there with Don Cherry for sheer 70s inventiveness — and he really sounds wonderful here, in a quartet with Tomasz Szukalski on tenor and soprano sax, Dave Holland on bass, and Edward Vesala on drums. Titles include "First Song", "Duet", "Last Song", "Balladyna", "Nenaliina", and "Tale".

Tomasz Stanko trumpet; Tomasz Szukalski tenor and soprano saxophones; Dave Holland bass; Edward Vesala drums

track listing:
First Song; Tale; Num; Duet; Balladyna; Last Song; Nenaliina