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Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: July 11, 1942

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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Music

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    Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: Wislawa

    ECM Records
    2013
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    Tomasz Stanko: Dark Eyes


    2010
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    Dark Eyes

    ECM Records
    2010
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    Tomasz Stanko Quintet: Dark Eyes

    ECM Records
    2009
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    Lontano

    ECM Records
    2006
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    Wolnosc w Sierpniu (Freedom in August)

    FiRe
    2005
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    Suspended Night

    ECM Records
    2004
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Tomasz Stanko Quartet - Celina Pt.1 Jazzbaltica (2005)



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