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Tomasz Stanko

Born: July 11, 1942    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Tomasz Stanko

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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Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet, Wilsalwa (ECM, 2013)
Tomasz Stańko, Dark Eyes (ECM, 2010)
Tomasz Stańko, Lontano (ECM, 2006)
Manu Katché, Neighbourhood (ECM, 2006)
Tomasz Stańko, Wolnosc w Sierpniu / Freedom in August (FiRe, 2005)
Tomasz Stańko, Selected Recordings (ECM, 2004)
Tomasz Stańko, Suspended Night (ECM, 2004)
Tomasz Stańko, Soul of Things (ECM, 2002)
Bobo Stenson, :rarum Selected Recordings VIII (ECM, 2002)
Tomasz Stańko, Reich OST (Universal Music Polska, 2001)
Tomasz Stańko, Egzekutor OST (Universal Music Polska, 2001)
Tomasz Stańko, From The Green Hill (ECM, 1999)
Tomasz Stańko, Litania - The Music of Krzysztof Komeda (ECM, 1997)
Tomasz Stańko, Leosia (ECM, 1997)
Tomasz Stańko, Matka Joanna (ECM, 1995)
Tomasz Stańko, Bosonossa (GOWI, 1993)
Tomasz Stańko, Bluish (Power Bros, 1992)
Voice from the Past - Paradigm (ECM, 1982)
Tomasz Stańko, Balladyna (ECM, 1977)
Edward Vesala, Satu (ECM, 1977)

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