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Tomasz Stańko and his New York Quartet, Gary Burton in Session

Jez Nelson presents trumpeter Tomasz Stańko and his New York Quartet in concert at London's Barbican. With Thomas Morgan (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums) and David Virelles (piano).

Jez Nelson presents Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko and his New York Quartet in concert at London's Barbican.

There has always been a sense of the 'poetic' to much of the music made by Poland's most famous living jazz musician. Whether in the raft of acclaimed ECM releases Stańko has produced over the last twenty years or in the pioneering free music he made with Krzysztof Komeda in Krakow in the '60s, his is a music in which space, lyricism and a concern for creating atmospheres remains paramount.

With his latest New York Quartet project, Stańko cites the poetry of fellow Pole Wisława Szymborska as providing the "ideas, insights and impetus" behind the new compositions. And while much of that inspiration brings about stanzas of Stańko's trademark brooding trumpet, there is fire and freedom in his playing and in that of band members Thomas Morgan (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums) and David Virelles (piano) that means this poetry is full of varied meter, rhythm and tone.

Also on the programme, an exclusive session from one of the greats of jazz vibraphone, Gary Burton, in duet with guitarist Julian Lage.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 14 Oct 2013 23:00

Music Played

  • New Releases

    • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

      Grand Opening

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

      • Brooklyn Babylon.
      • New Amsterdam.
    • Basquiat Strings

      Great Gables

      Composer: Ben Davis

      • Part Two.
      • F-ire.
  • John Fordham joins Jez in the studio

    • Untitled

  • Tomasz Stańko on his influences

    • Gustav Mahler

      Adagietto from Symphony No 5

    • James Brown

      (Can You) Feel It (Part 1)

      Composer: James Brown

      • King.
  • Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet recorded at Barbican, London on 15 May 2013

    • Untitled

      Line up: Tomasz Stańko (trumpet); David Virelles (piano); Thomas Morgan (bass); Gerald Cleaver (drums)

    • Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet

      Oni

      Composer: Tomasz Stańko

    • Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet

      Faces

      Composer: Tomasz Stańko

  • Tomasz Stańko speaks about bandmate David Virelles

    • Untitled

  • Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet recorded at Barbican, London on 15 May 2013

    • Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet

      Dernier Cri

      Composer: Tomasz Stańko

    • Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet

      Assassins

      Composer: Tomasz Stańko

    • Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet

      Metafizyka

      Composer: Tomasz Stańko

  • Gary Burton & Julian Lage recorded at the Jazz on 3 studios, London on 14 May 2013

    • Untitled

      Gary Burton (vibes); Julian Lage (guitar)

    • Gary Burton & Julian Lage

      Waltz for a Lovely Wife

      Composer: Phil Woods

    • Gary Burton & Julian Lage

      Sunday's Uncle

      Composer: Julian Lage

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