Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thomaz Stanko - Dark Eyes (ECM, 2010)

Trumpeter Tomasz Stanko is a master of moody and atmospheric music that patiently develops and this album is reminiscent of a rain drenched night that is reflected in music that is spare and noirish. This album brings together a new band with Stanko accompanied by Jakob Bro on guitar, Alexi Tuomarila on piano, Anders Christensen on bass and Olavi Louhivuori on drums. The music throughout is haunting and thoughtful, like on the opener "So Nice" with spacious piano setting the scene for Stanko's sparse trumpet investigating a dark tone. The lengthy Stanko original "The Dark Eyes of Martha Hirsch" opens slowly and atmospherically before evolving into a more jazzy feel. Blasts of trumpet enliven the moody mature of the music as Bro's guitar bobs and weaves through the piece, at times recalling the hushed beauty of Miles Davis's In a Silent Way. "Samba Nova" is dark toned and slow developing evolving cinematically like music designed to accompany a moody crime drama on the streets of a city. The music is spacious and wide open, allowing the music to breathe in an organic fashion. The music on this album is patient and quite beautiful, rewarding repeated listens. It speaks eloquently, evoking atmosphere and subtlety over any kind of brashness. Dark Eyes -

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