Tomasz Stanko Quintet
cool, modern & free jazz
At the age of 67 the Polish trumpet player hits, once again, a new peak with his new Scandinavian quintet. The New Yorker recently described him as “one of the world’s most original and innovative jazz trumpet players”, while The Times said of the new Dark Eyes album: “Stanko has again made an album, where every note – and the spaces around it – are full of impact.”
Thrilled by Ornette, Coltrane and Miles, the young Stanko studied at the Krakow Music Academy and played the Polish underground scene with his own band, when the film composer Krzystof Komeda invited him to his quintet. Tomasz considers his five years in that band as crucial to his own style: “My lyricism and playing only the essential, my way of approaching the structures asymmetrically and many harmonic nuances are all influenced by Komeda.”
Stanko made 11 albums and a stack of soundtracks with his mentor. Later he has recorded many albums as the leader of various bands and collaborated with Krzystof Penderecki, Don Cherry, Arild Andersen, Bobo Stenson and especially the late great Edward Vesala, to name a few. For his new quintet he hand-picked the hottest young talents on the Scandinavian jazz scene: pianist Alexi Tuomarila and drummer Olavi Louhivuori from Finland, bassist Anders Christensen and guitarist Jacob Bro from Denmark.