Since relocating to America from his native Europe, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko has assembled a crack band to articulate his ever fluctuating, often experimental musical ideas. His New York Quartet, consisting of pianist David Virelles, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Gerald Cleaver is a study in contrasts. The septuagenarian trumpeter proves as wily as ever on Wisława, a double-disc titled for the late poet and Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska, who passed away in 2012, and whose work and persona proved influential in composing the material for this set.
Tomasz Stanko introduces a new and exciting quartet, in a double album full of strong themes, inspired playing, and improvisational daring. The album was recorded in June 2012 in New York, a city in which the great Polish trumpeter has become a familiar presence in the last decade. Five years ago he took an apartment there, and since then has been splitting his time between the US and Warsaw. New York has become a base for writing music, soaking up the city’s art scene, and monitoring developments in the music.
The double-album programme of new Stanko compositions is inspired also by the poetry of Wisława Symborska, the Polish poet, essayist and Nobel Laureate, who died in 2012. As Stanko writes in the CD booklet, Reading Wisława Szymborska's 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.
Wislawa is 70-year-old Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko’s debut on ECM, but his expansive music-making sounds right at home on the German label known for its pristine productions. Stanko’s band members here-pianist David Virelles, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Gerald Cleaver-are clearly attuned to Stanko’s compositions and lyrical sensibility. The album, a tribute to the late Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, opens with the moving title track. In 2009, Szymborska and Stanko collaborated on a reading/performance at the Krakow Opera
Inciso a New York nel giugno scorso, questo nuovo lavoro del settantenne trombettista polacco è stato concepito in memoria della poetessa, sua connazionale, Wislawa Symborska, scomparsa il 1° febbraio 2012 e, fra le tante cose, Pemio Nobel per la letteratura nel 1996. Il quartetto che lo firma è quello classico, con piano, basso e batteria, però con nomi nuovi rispetto a un più o meno recente passato
Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - The Street Of Crocodiles 06:08. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - December Avenue 06:33. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - december avenue 10:09. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - December Avenue 09:56. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - April Story 07:07. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - Cloud 04:13. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - Ballad For Bruno Schulz 06:26. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - Blue Cloud 08:52. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - Bright Moon 07:19. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - Wisława 10:19. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - Burning Hot 05:05