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Tomasz Stanko: Hyperballads

Tomasz Stanko Band

A cataclysmic event in the lives of pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz occurred in 1993. Trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, Poland’s most important jazz musician, was in sudden need of a rhythm section, so he made the radical decision to offer the job to three unknown teenagers. Stanko says in press notes, “They were good from the beginning. I think it is that way with musicians. If there’s promise…you’re going to hear it immediately.”

After two Stanko CDs, 2002’s Soul of Things and 2004’s Suspended Night, and 12 years of performing with the trumpeter, Trio is Wasilewski, Kurkiewicz and Miskiewicz’s international recording debut as leaders. It is a work of exquisitely nuanced quietude.

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