There seems to be no limit in the realm of jazz for this Polish-born trumpet player. When you think that he is going in a completely experimental direction, he surprises you with a more traditional setting, moving on to more post-bop tendencies, as can be heard on his latest album, “Lontano” (ECM). The album opens with the lengthily title track, which begins with a subtle piano riff and then grows as the track goes on, ending with sort of a Latin jazz groove.”I wanted to have an album that sounded fresh,” he says over a phone interview from Warsaw. “I delayed every idea, and we came to the studio and played in a strong improvised manner.” Stanko’s inspiration comes from various sources, and draws from his early classical training. “I studied classical music in Krakow,” he says, “and I began playing jazz in the sixties.” His influences are American musicians such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Coltrane, but when he writes, he draws inspiration from many other sources. “I bring contemporary, classical, black music and rock to the table,” he explains. (Ernest Barteldes)
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