Monday, October 10, 2011

Tomasz Stanko – Egzekutor (Universal, 2001)

Tomasz Stańko - trumpet
Justyna Steczkowska - vocalise
Janusz Skowron - synthesizer
Slawomir Kurkiewicz - bass
Michal Miskiewicz - percussion
Zbigniew Brysiak - drums

Egzekutor (Universal, 2001)

(Editor) This soundtrack is a must for all in love with Tomasz Stańko blue notes. Read more in Adam Baruch's review:  

Polish trumpet virtuoso / composer Tomasz Stanko is universally recognized as one of world's top Jazz musicians since many years. However, his contributions as composer of music for cinema is somewhat lesser known, which is a pity. Stanko's work in that area started way back to the early 1970s, but even earlier, when he was a member of the legendary Krzysztof Komeda ensemble, he already became intimate with the art of writing for cinema from his mentor, who was one of the greatest soundtrack creators ever, mostly known for his work for Roman Polanski. It is therefore understandable that Stanko's music for films would become heavily influenced by Komeda's approach, which culminates with this soundtrack, written to a brilliant film by Polish director Filip Zylber. In fact this is the second time Stanko contributes the soundtrack to a film by Zylber, with "A Farewell To Maria" being the predecessor to this one. Stanko is accompanied by some impressive players on this album, most notably by singer Justyna Steczkowska, who contributes some breathtaking vocalese parts. Also present are Janusz Skowron on synthesizer, Slawomir Kurkiewicz on bass, Michal Miskiewicz on drums, and Zbigniew Brysiak on percussion, as well as a string quartet. But Stanko's trumpet dominates this music completely and overwhelmingly, when it plays completely solo or is accompanied by other instruments. Stanko's virtuosity and magic sound are truly magnificent and supported by the atmospheric and often melancholic melodic motifs, the overall effect is simply stunning. It is a rare occasion when a soundtrack stand alone as a full fledged Jazz album, and this is a superb example of this being the case. I can only say that every Stanko fan should try and listen to this album, even if finding it today, only 10 years after it was released, is virtually impossible. The album was released as a double set with a CD and DVD Audio (Surround Sound) version of the music, which present different mixes of the same music. An absolute must!

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