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listen  1. Wis?awa10:19Album Only
listen  2. Assassins 7:45Album Only
listen  3. Metafizyka 7:36Album Only
listen  4. Dernier Cri10:16Album Only
listen  5. Mikrokosmos 8:20Album Only
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listen  2. April Story 7:07Album Only
listen  3. Tutaj - Here 8:29Album Only
listen  4. Faces 8:04Album Only
listen  5. A Shaggy Vandal 7:31Album Only
listen  6. Wis?awa (Variation)13:13Album Only

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Tomasz Stanko’s smouldering improvisations and grainy-toned trumpet find a new context on Dark Eyes. Like Miles Davis (a major influence) before him, the Polish jazz master also has an impressive record as talent scout and mentor, and his latest ensemble pools young players from the North of Europe. Tomasz has had strong connections to Finland in particular since the early 1970s when he ... Read more in Amazon's Tomasz Stanko Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B00AE10BD6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Like his early hero Miles Davis, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko has a gift for shaping great bands, and this one, formed in the worlds jazz capital, overflows with promise. The bass and drums team of Thomas Morgan and Gerald Cleaver is one of the most sensitive in contemporary improvising, and Cuban-born pianist David Virelles, inspired by ritual music as well as by Thelonious Monk and Andrew Hill, seems particularly well-attuned to the brooding darkness and sophisticated dread of Stankos free ballads. In the uptempo pieces all four players seem to enter new territory, with very exciting results. The double-album program of new Stanko compositions is inspired also by the poetry of Wis awa Symborska, the Polish poet, essayist and Nobel Laureate, who died in 2012. As Stanko writes in in the CD booklet, Reading Wis awa Szymborskas words gave me many ideas and insights. Meeting her and interacting with her poetry also gave impetus to this music, which I would like to dedicate, respectfully, to her memory.

Recorded June 4-6, 2012 at Avatar Studios, NYC
Recording Engineers: James A. Farber
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Produced by Manfred Eicher

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael on August 21, 2013
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First let me start off by contradicting the single negative review (as of this writing) for this album. The sound quality is actually fantastic as it has been with Tomasz Stanko's albums with ECM since Leosia. In fact, one of the major draws to Stanko's albums for me is the sound quality and the ambiance it creates.
For those new to Tomasz Stanko's music I would have to say this is a great place to start along with 2004's breakthrough 'Suspended Night'. The music is mostly quiet due to the band focusing "free ballads". It's a nice take on the free music scene since it's so often regarded as crazy unorganized music that's often jarring.
Stakno takes a very different approach to free music and always has. His songs are almost always taken at a slow tempo and use space (as in the space between notes) better than anyone I've heard since Miles Davis. Be aware that there is the occasional flurry of notes or trumpet blast that will let you know you're still listening to jazz and not some easy listening album. Yet these flurries always mean something. They're not thrown in willy nilly, he builds tension with the rest of the band until a release is inevitable.
However, the overall vibe of the album (and all of his ECM records of the 00's) is quite similar to Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue'. It's no replica and it certainly doesn't create that perfect improvisational magic which that album did but if it's the vibe, the feel your looking for Stanko's music is the place to be.
This record uses Stanko's more typical set up: Trumpet, Bass, Piano, Drums (no electric instruments here as on 2010's excellent 'Dark Eyes') but the results are far from typical.
Does the music justify a double album status?
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jayjazz on April 20, 2013
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Firstly the album title is 'Wistawa' (not 'Wislawa) named after the late Polish poet Wistawa Szymborska whose words Thomasz Stanko says gave him many ideas and insights. This beautifully recorded album with Stanko's new NY group includes young ex-Cuban pianist David Virelles, possibly the best and most understanding of all the trumpeter's keyboardists, and there've been many, since he's now aged seventy. It's hard to imagine any trumpet-led quartet outshining this album in 2013.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PhiloX on November 12, 2013
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I was a trumpet player in high school & college. Afterwards when I stopped listening to Progressive Rock in the late 1970s I turned to Classical music then Jazz. All of a sudden all the Jazz Band I took in school made sense. I became a big fan of the Jazz trumpeters Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis, Chet Baker, & Miles Davis. In the late 1980s I went cruising around record stores (yes there were record stores then) buying American Jazz from the late 1950s to early 1960s because somehow this type of jazz fit my fancy. Miles Davis with "Bitches Brew" was rather out there for me at that time, but he calmed down into Jazz Rock after that. Before the turn of the century I started listening to some experimental Jazz trumpeters like Jon Hassell & Nils Petter Molvaer. I didn't know of Tomasz Stanko but solved this with the purchase of this CD "Wistawa".

I read one review in Amazon which opened my eyes; something to the effect that today's American Jazz tries to return to the late 1950s (Wynton Marsalis was given as an example) while European Jazz (Tomasz Stanko was given as an example) looks to & creates the future. Here is an interesting twist to what I hear about Tomasz Stanko & other modern Jazz trumpeters; while Jon Hassell & Niks Petter Molvaer go for the atmospheric sound effects to almost Acid Jazz, Tomasz Stanko keeps the tradition of a quartet with trumpet, bass, piano, & drums, yet enters into neo-modern Jazz. In other words the other future looking trumpet players are using a lot of synthesizers, tape loops, & other modern means of creating their new sound. Tomasz Stanko creates the future of Jazz with the historical acoustic basics.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ROGER on June 11, 2013
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Great band Fantastic Music 5 Star for sure. Another masterpiece in my view, my favourite jazz album this month.. everyone plays their part stanko virelles morgan cleaver. SO GOOD
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol Morgan on April 21, 2013
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INCREDIBLE MUSIC AND PERFORMERS, FROM FIRST TRACK TO LAST. WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE. WILL LOOK FOR OTHER CDS FROM THIS GROUP.
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