ECM Records, Stańko is strongly associated with free jazz and the avant-garde.
Coming to prominence in the early 1960s alongside pianist Adam Makowicz in the Jazz Darings, Stańko later collaborated with pianist Krzysztof Komeda, notably on Komeda's pivotal 1966 album Astigmatic. In 1968, Stańko formed an acclaimed quintet that included Zbigniew Seifert on violin and alto saxophone, and in 1975 he formed the Tomasz Stańko-Adam Makowicz Unit.
Stańko has since established a reputation as a leading figure not only in Polish jazz, but on the world stage as well, working with many notable musicians, including Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Reggie Workman, Rufus Reid, Lester Bowie, David Murray, Manu Katche and Chico Freeman. In 1984 he was a member of Cecil Taylor's big band.
Stańko lost his natural teeth in the 1990s, although over time he developed a new embouchure
with the help of a skilled dentist and monotonous practice. He would
spend long hours playing what he deemed to be "boring" long tones which
helped to strengthen his lip, in spite of playing with the disadvantage
of false teeth.
In 1968, alto saxophonist Zbigniew Seifert joined the newly formed
Stanko Quintet, soon switched from ax to electric violin, and the next
chapter of European Jazz history began. Beside Stanko and Seifert, the
line-up of the Quintet included Janusz Muniak on the saxophones and
flute, Jan Gonciarczyk / Bronislaw Suchanek on the bass and Janusz
Stefanski on the drums. The Quintet made three records: "Music for K"
(1970), "Jazz Message from Poland" (1972) and "Purple Sun" (1973) but
the albums could not compare to the magic of Quintet's life
performances. The music of Quintet escaped easy definitions.
Sophisticated, collective improvisations and breath taking instrumental
solos were bands' trademarks; hypnotic cosmic-like interactions between
members of the band, and between the band and the life public,
complemented the whole experience. Stanko Quintet disbanded in 1973 on
the pick of its creative potential and after achieving cult-like
following in Europe.
This album is very similar to Miles Davis "Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew".
1 Boratka & Flute's Ballad 14:04
2 My Night, My Day 5:26
3 Flair 13:21
4 Purple Sun 6:09
Trumpet – Tomasz Stańko
Bass – Hans Hartmann
Drums, Percussion – Janusz Stefański
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Percussion – Janusz Muniak
Violin, Alto Saxophone – Zbigniew Seifert