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Editors’ Notes

Polish trumpeter and composer Tomasz Stanko has been a major figure on the European jazz scene for decades. He’s released numerous albums as a leader, and on 2010’s Dark Eyes he’s backed by a fine band consisting of two Danes, guitarist Jakob Bro and bassist Anders Christensen, and two Finns, pianist Alexi Tuomarila and drummer Olavi Louhivuori. The album opens with “So Nice,” the sort of slow, atmospheric cut strongly associated with ECM, and the production — like all the releases on that label — is excellent. “The Dark Eyes of Martha Hirsch,” displays real fire. After a lengthy, moody opening, the group launches into an uptempo, swinging passage that features Stanko’s blistering solo, a statement that evokes the heat of Miles Davis. Dark Eyes includes two Komeda compositions, the meditative “Dirge for Europe” and the wistful “Etiuda Baletowa No. 3.” Stanko and the band shine on those tracks and throughout this excellent recording.

Customer Reviews

Keeping an Eye on the Boston Scene

Just came back from their first set at the Regattabar in Cambridge Massachusetts. Totally packed and totally deserved! Stanko and his band confirms that straight ahead jazz is alive and well! His very young and talented band can rock! He gives them tremendous freedom and they take advantage of it; Guitarist Jakob Bro takes a screaming solo that totally swings and then it's followed up with a scorching, and I mean scorching solo by pianist Alexi Tuomarila. Bass play Anders Christensen and drummer Olavi Louhivuori are incredibly tastefull and keep it swinging. Yeah, influences of Miles at his best, but Tomasz keeps it totally new. From straight ahead hard jazz, driving swing and global influences this album is it! Count on it being an album of the year.

tears came from my eyes

i listened to one song(May Sun) and i was in love. I have never heard anything like this and I never write reviews but this quintet just blows my mind completely and is definitely worth a great review. Buy this album and go on a journey. Its beautiful, mysterious, relaxing, and mind opening to say the least. Just buy the album!

Simply great!

Excellent album. Same high quality as usual (see Lontano, etc.) The band is great and Stanko keeps everything is perfect balance. Highly recommended...

Dark Eyes, Tomasz Stanko Quintet
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock, Avant-Garde Jazz, Classical
  • Released: Oct 09, 2009

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