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Tomasz Stanko R.I.P.

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Just heard from Dennis Gonzalez that Mr. Stanko passed away this morning. 

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Very sad news. I saw this information posted elsewhere as well. I was fortunate enough to see him live twice. Music much more vibrant than ECM recordings would suggest.

 

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No way!  That's dreadful news, was he ill?

I've been enjoying his music for years and enjoyed a number of live performances

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and that was some association. 

The ECM releases are such an impressive body of work that they sometime overshadow what great work he did beforehand with and without Komeda

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8 minutes ago, mjazzg said:

and that was some association. 

The ECM releases are such an impressive body of work that they sometime overshadow what great work he did beforehand with and without Komeda

How is his Komeda ECM album?  I've never heard it, but have long wanted to pick it up.

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25 minutes ago, mjazzg said:

No way!  That's dreadful news, was he ill?

I've been enjoying his music for years and enjoyed a number of live performances

I don’t know any of the details. Just that he was back home in Warsaw. 

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24 minutes ago, Teasing the Korean said:

How is his Komeda ECM album?  I've never heard it, but have long wanted to pick it up.

I think it's very fine. I saw them play it live. It's respectful of Komeda's music but allows the band to express themselves without being constrained by it. Those tunes can't be suppressed and they shine. It's an ECM album, which is a good thing in my book, and has all the productions values that come with that.

I can't see a fan of Komeda's music not appreciating it.

I may play it next as a tribute

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48 minutes ago, mjazzg said:

I think it's very fine. I saw them play it live. It's respectful of Komeda's music but allows the band to express themselves without being constrained by it. Those tunes can't be suppressed and they shine. It's an ECM album, which is a good thing in my book, and has all the productions values that come with that.

I can't see a fan of Komeda's music not appreciating it.

I may play it next as a tribute

I like it a lot.  The first track (“Svantetic”) is harder hitting than what I would expect on an ECM Stanko album.

 

RIP.

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I first heard Stanko on a Leo album "Almost Green."  His compositions had an interesting sense of time, almost boozy.  Also reminded me of Mingus's bands.  RIP.

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RIP.  I will probably get an obit from ECM, and if so I'll post it.  I loved his tone.

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Sad news indeed .... R.I.P ....

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His daughter confirmed the death!

Very sad news indeed!

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peacock, stanko, garbarek, dejohnette 

 

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Very sad news indeed. A musician of exceptional talent. He'll be sadly missed. I feel lucky to have seen him a couple of times and have thoroughly enjoyed his records for many years. A considerable loss especially given his comparatively young age. 

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RIP -- I saw him live one time when he was in Chicago.

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I don't know his music very well, but saw him at SFJAZZ a few years ago for the first time. Glad I did.

RIP.

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He was a great musician ... love his existentialist trumpet stylings. Played "Leosia" last night in memory.

Was lucky enough to catch the polish quartet in concert twice, and then saw him perform with Globe Unity at Jazzfest Berlin in November 2016 - he looked quite frail at that time, actually, and I was worrying ... but it seems he was touring again this spring?

Not sure what the one favourite album would be, need I pick one. "Litania", his Komeda album discussed above, was my point of entrance when it came out (1997 I think), later on I started exploring his early stuff, too. There is "Astigmatic" of course, then the two first ones of his own albums on Muza, and there is the glorious Calig albu, too (not on CD as far as I know). Not too fond of the electric stuff that followed, but the long run on ECM is indeed pretty awesome, right down to "December Avenue", his last release.

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ECM1636_Tomasz-Stanko_Litania.jpg

For sure one of Stanko`s benchmark recordings ....

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I've heard only a little of his work, but I like what I've heard.  Thank you for the music, Mr. Stanko, and rest in peace.

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