Dark Eyes
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Dark Eyes

Stanko Tomasz Quintet

Like his hero Miles Davis, the Polish jazz master Tomasz Stanko has an impressive record as talent scout and mentor, and his latest ensemble pools young players from the North of Europe, including two prodigiously gifted Finns into his group, pianist Alexi Tuomarila and drummer Olavi Louhivuori, both expressive and imaginative players. On “Dark Eyes”, Jakob Bro, the young guitarist heard on ECM on Paul Motian’s Garden of Eden is cast most often in the role of subtle colourist, while fellow Dane Anders Christensen, on electric bass throughout, provides the band’s throbbing pulse. The programme features new Stanko compositions, including The Dark Eyes of Martha Hirsch, inspired by an Oskar Kokoschka canvas, plus a new version of Last Song from Tomasz ECM debut Balladyna.

Track

  1. So Nice
  2. Terminal 7
  3. The Dark Eyes Of Martha Hirsch
  4. Grand Central
  5. Amsterdam Avenue
  6. Samba Nova
  7. Dirge For Europe
  8. May Sun
  9. Last Song
  10. Etiuda Baletowa No. 3

Review

The great Polish trumpeter, long a Readings favourite, unveils his new young Finnish/ Danish quintet. He’s added guitar, and the heartbeat of the group is now a primal, pulsing electric bass. Make no mistake, Stanko’s singular trumpet is still the main voice here – his hypnotic, incantatory melodic statements give wing to extended flights of brilliance. Like his hero Miles Davis, Stanko keeps getting better and never falls for routine. A major achievement.

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