Brass Echoes: A Quick Guide to Tomasz Stańko’s Recorded Music

Although the thrust of Culture.Pl’s Filip Lech’s survey could be better informed, he examines many crucial albums by trumpeter/flugelhornist Tomasz Stańko (1942-2018), arguably Poland’s best-known exploratory musician. Beginning with early sessions the tyro trumpeter recorded with Polish modern Jazz pioneers, pianists Krzysztof Komeda and Andrzej Trzaskowski, he highlights the brassman’s first leadership disc in 1970 that featured other young local musicians such as alto saxophonist Zbigniew Seifert, who later made his name as a Jazz violinist. Moving through Stańko’s detours into recordings that focused on Rock, Reggae or Middle Eastern rhythms, Lech suggests hearing the trumpeter’s collaborations with European improvisers of his generation, like his 1976 meeting with British. bassist Dave Holland and Finnish drummer Edward Vesala. Finally, he delineates Sańko’s late career flowerihg in the 1980s, 1990s and aughts when he recorded either with the backing of New York pianist David Virelles, bassist Ruben Rogers and drummer Gerald Cleaver or a Polish rhythm section of Marcin Wasilewski on piano, Sławomir Kurkiewicz bass and Michał Miśkiewicz percussion.