Tomasz Stanko at the Mans jazz festival

30 avril 1984
02m 23s
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Report on the Polish jazz duo featuring Tomasz Stanko (trumpet player) and Tomasz Chukalski (saxophone player) at the Mans jazz festival.

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30 avril 1984
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A trumpet player with an elliptic and voluntarily dramatic style, Tomasz Stanko, born on 11 July 1942 in Rzeszów in Poland, is unquestionably one of the great masters of modern European jazz. A partner during the 1960s of famous soundtrack composer Krysztof Komeda (Rosemary's Baby), Stanko progressively directed his own bands and very quickly began collaborating with all of the world's avant-garde jazz musicians (Cecil Taylor, Edward Vesala, the Globe Unity Orchestra).

An improviser marked by free jazz expressionism and also a refined composer, adding to his African-American influences (Miles Davis, Don Cherry) the rigour of a traditional education and the melancholy of his Slavic origins, Tomasz Stanko had developed, since the beginning of the 1990s and his association with the ECM label (Litania, From The Green Hill, Soul of Thing), a lyrical and delicate personal universe that earned him the first European Jazz Prize in 2002, which was awarded to him by the Austrian government and the city of Vienna.

According to him, his music, which has evolved over the years "from chaos to harmony, from fury to lyricism", is completely symbolic of the contribution of European sensitivity to the stylistic evolution of contemporary jazz.

Stéphane Ollivier


Laurent Desprez
The other highlight is the Polish duo Tomasz Stanko and Tomasz Szukalski. On stage for the first time in France, Tomasz Stanko, the trumpeter, was one of the pioneers of Polish jazz in the 60s. He happily combines technical ability with freedom of creation. The audiences present at the Epau abbey were, during an hour and a half, at one with Tomasz Stanko and Tomasz Szukalski.
Tomasz Stanko
[Polish] We prepare for all of our concerts. We wrote a few songs specifically for this festival but we always leave a very, very big margin for improvisation. (Polish)
Laurent Desprez
Look at these Polish posters. They bring out the creativity of our country more than any speech, especially in the area that concerns us here, jazz.