Tomasz Stanko Quartet* ‎– Suspended Night

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Song For Sarah 5:30
Suspended Variations
I 8:52
II 8:24
III 7:13
IV 7:04
V 4:20
VI 8:54
VII 3:25
VIII 4:21
IX 5:52
X 4:47

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ECM 1868, 981 1244 Tomasz Stanko Quartet* Suspended Night(CD, Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1868, 981 1244 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
ECM 1868 Tomasz Stanko Quartet* Suspended Night(CD, Album) ECM Records ECM 1868 US 2004 Sell This Version
ECM 1868, 981 1244 Tomasz Stanko Quartet* Suspended Night(CD, Album, RP) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1868, 981 1244 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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Ktrump5

Ktrump5

April 20, 2011
referencing Suspended Night, CD, Album, ECM 1868

It's always nice to listen to an artist whom you have never heard of, and be completely knocked off your feet. That's what happened to me when I found this album by Tomasz Stanko. First I thought to myself, what an interesting name, and, wow, all of the other guys on this album have names that I can barely pronounce. Then, I saw that it was on ECM, one of my favorite labels to find new, cutting edge jazz. Well, these soon became afterthoughts, because I popped the album in my CD player and was immediatetly struck by the beauty of the music being created by the Tomasz Stanko quartet.
Tomasz Stanko, who I have since done some research on (and have already started looking at other albums of his), is from Poland, and decided to work with some younger teenagers from his homeland. Stanko began working with Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz, and Michal Miskiewicz on film work back in the mid 1990s, and the relationship has blossomed into an amazing jazz quartet. One of the most stunning things about this album how the beauty has not faded after multiple listenings; I am still struck by the openess and breathing room that these musicians work with and create. Stanko, who wrote all of the songs, has chosen to work with an intelligent performers who are shaping how jazz can, and will be conceived. Wasilewski's piano playing is one of my favorite attributes of the album (and this group), his harmonizations are interesting and push jazz forward; and it reminds me of Bill Evans most of all. Stanko's trumpet playing floats effortlessly above the wash of colors that his rhythm section offers him; he creates a dark, mysterious tone with his horn which interweaves with the sparceness of the ensemble.
The opening ballad, "Song for Sarah," is a beautiful song which rises out of the myst and is driven by compelling harmonies. The Suspend Night Variations, which fill out the rest of the album, are a canvas of laid-back, flowing, sometimes mysterious, and always beautiful jazz work. The interplay between these musicians is of a high caliber and the music seems to just flow out of everyone to create a wonderful collage of sounds that are extremely pleasing to listen to. This music moves in slow arcs and subtleties, which ultimately gives meaning to the title of the album and can leave the listener feeling slightly "suspended." I recommend this album to any Jazz listener, but especially to those who are seeking where jazz is headed, and the artists who have their finger on the pulse of modern music.