Rarum, Vol. 17: Selected Recordings

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Polish composer and trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's career has been long and varied -- from working with the legendary Krzysztof Komeda in the 1950s and '60s, to his own work that ranges form hard bop to electronic improvisation. A wonderful illustration of that principle is his association with Manfred Eicher's ECM label. This volume, in the excellent Rarum series, begins with Stanko's first date as a leader for ECM in 1975 on the album Balladyna. There are two selections from the set highlighting what was well-known at the time as his radical "predatory lyricism" method of composition and soloing. These stand in subtle contrast with his solo on "Together," from Edward Vesala's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Polish composer and trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's career has been long and varied -- from working with the legendary Krzysztof Komeda in the 1950s and '60s, to his own work that ranges form hard bop to electronic improvisation. A wonderful illustration of that principle is his association with Manfred Eicher's ECM label. This volume, in the excellent Rarum series, begins with Stanko's first date as a leader for ECM in 1975 on the album Balladyna. There are two selections from the set highlighting what was well-known at the time as his radical "predatory lyricism" method of composition and soloing. These stand in subtle contrast with his solo on "Together," from Edward Vesala's Stau from a year later, where his soloing style was already in transition, and he moved even further afield when he played on Gary Peacock's beautiful album Voice From the Past, from which the selection "Moor" is taken. Stanko's harmonic interplay with saxophonist Jan Garbarek is nothing short of breathtaking. Stanko didn't record for ECM again until the mid-1990s, on his own Matka Joanna, by which time his longer, loping lines and more open method of composition, which left much room for silence, and his reliance on a languid yet rich and beautiful counterpoint, was coming to fruition. The majority of this fine set is taken from Matka Joanna, as well as from the titles Litania: The Music of Krzysztof Komeda, Leosia, and From the Green Hill. This is a welcome addition to the Stanko catalog in that it represents an artist who stands outside not only most jazz classification systems, but also apart from ECM's "classic" sound. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 044001420924
  • Catalog Number: 014209
  • Sales rank: 91,893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tales for a Girl, 12 - Tomasz Stanko Quartet (9:08)
  2. 2 Pantronic - Michelle Makarski (3:05)
  3. 3 Cain's Brand - Tomasz Stanko Quartet (8:37)
  4. 4 Tale - Tomasz Szukalski (3:29)
  5. 5 Moor (4:58)
  6. 6 Die Weisheit von Le comte Lautréamont - Anders Jormin (6:10)
  7. 7 Morning Heavy Song - Anders Jormin (6:43)
  8. 8 Quintet's Time - Michelle Makarski (6:47)
  9. 9 Sleep Safe and Warm - Joakim Milder (3:07)
  10. 10 Litania - Joakim Milder (6:52)
  11. 11 Together - Palle Danielsson (7:06)
  12. 12 Balladyna - Tomasz Szukalski (7:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tomasz Stanko Primary Artist, Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Jan Garbarek Soprano Saxophone
Dave Holland Double Bass
Tony Oxley Drums
Gary Peacock Double Bass
Dino Saluzzi Bandoneon
John Surman Clarinet
Edward Vesala Drums
Juhani Aaltonen Alto Flute
Bernt Rosengren Tenor Saxophone
Bobo Stenson Piano
Anders Jormin Double Bass
Joakim Milder Tenor Saxophone
Jon Christensen Drums
Palle Danielsson Double Bass
Tomasz Szukalski Tenor Saxophone
Michelle Makarski Violin
Technical Credits
Dave Holland Composer
Gary Peacock Composer
Edward Vesala Composer
Tomasz Stanko Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Manfred Eicher Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug Engineer
Martin Wieland Engineer
Krzysztof Komeda Composer
Christopher Komeda Composer
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