Litania: The Music of Krzysztof Komeda

Litania: The Music of Krzysztof Komeda

by Tomasz Stanko Septet


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Litania: The Music of Krzysztof Komeda

Krzystof Komeda (1931-1969) was famous in Poland for writing over 40 film scores and for being one of the first modern jazz musicians, working as a pianist and composer. In his tribute to Komeda, trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and his sextet (which includes Bernt Rosengren and Joakim Milder on tenors; pianist Bobo Stenson; bassist Palle Danielsson; drummer Jon Christensen; and guest guitarist Terje Rypdal, who adds fire to two of the ten performances) interpret three of his film melodies (all from Roman Polanski films) and a few of his jazz compositions. The music is mostly episodic (particularly "Night-time, Daytime Requiem," which clocks in at 21:47), dark, and introspective. The emphasis is on the themes, and the variations stick mostly to the original mood. Nothing is really jammed, and the musicians' personalities are secondary to Komeda's compositions. Rosengren is featured on Komeda's "Ballad for Bernt," and there are short solos elsewhere, but much of the music is played by the full ensemble. Depending on one's musical tastes, the results are either dull or intriguing, but definitely picturesque and cinematic.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2000
Label: Ecm Records
UPC: 0731453755123
catalogNumber: 537551
Rank: 85816

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tomasz Stanko   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Terje Rypdal   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bernt Rosengren   Tenor Saxophone
Bobo Stenson   Piano
Joakim Milder   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jon Christensen   Drums
Palle Danielsson   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Tomasz Stanko   Arranger,Liner Notes
Bobo Stenson   Liner Notes
Manfred Eicher   Producer,Liner Notes
Jan Erik Kongshaug   Engineer
Steve Lake   Liner Notes,Text
Roman Polanski   Liner Notes
Marek Karewicz   Contributor

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