Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tomasz Stańko – A Farewell To Maria (Soundtrack) (1994)

Tomasz Stańko

Tomasz Stańko - trumpet
Tomasz Szukalski - saxophone
Janusz Skowron - keyboards
Adam Cegielski - bass
Cezary Konrad - drums
and others

 A Farewell To Maria


By Adam Baruch

This is an album by legendary Polish Jazz trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, which presents the music used as a soundtrack of an obscure Polish TV movie "A Farewell To Maria", directed by Filip Zylber. The music is performed by a large cast of top Polish Jazz musicians, like saxophonist Tomasz Szukalski, keyboardist Janusz Skowron, bassists Andrzej Cudzich and Adam Cegielski, drummer Cezary Konrad and others, as well as a string quartet. The album comprises of thirteen relatively short tracks, which appear within the film.

The music is a wonderful example of the strength of Stańko the composer and is based around the leitmotif, which is, as always, a heartwrenching ballad that Stańko masterly created. But the album also includes several additional melodic and improvised pieces, which create a diverse and fascinating musical experience. In contrast to many soundtrack albums, this one works perfectly well by itself, detached from the cinematic layer.

The performances are all top notch, again as expected, and in many respects this album firmly belongs to the mainstream of Stańko's recorded heritage. It's a great pity that this album so little known by Stanko's fans and the fact that it is impossible to find a copy of this album is a crying shame. Grab it if you can find it!

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