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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect elegy for Stanko's late mother, 9 Feb 2004
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The previous reviewer misses the point I think. This album is an elegy to Stanko's late mother & so the sombre mood is entirely appropriate. The openning funeral dirge is heart-rendingly beautiful, & the following tracks investigate different aspects of the composers loss. The group plays with a restrained intensity which at times is almost unbearable. Despite this there is plenty of variety (brought about by Oxley's virtuoso performance mainly) - the quartet has Stanko's grief-stricken trumpet & Oxley's abstract doodlings as two polar extreme with piano & bass drifting between - the effect is mesmerising & very successful. This album is generally considered to be Stanko's best as leader & certainly one of the best jazz albums of the 90's - as close to perfection as you'll get. (And Stanko sounds nothing like Miles - in fact I can't think of a modern trumpeter who sounds less like Miles).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 28 Dec 2007
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This is a wonderful album.

Stanko's '90's trumpet sound is a little brassier than the current sound with his young Polish Quartet ('Lontano' is the best offering from this group). His long floating lines, punctuated by short stabs of sound is matched brilliantly by the other musicians here - Stenson's lines are elegant but with a harmonic complexity that weaves around the trumpet lines. Jormin's bass lines are taut and similarly elegant, often leading the music in unexpected directions. Oxley's drumming is abstract and creates a metallic soundworld which fits the whole perfectly. This is a real grower of a record - challenging but it reveals new pleasures with each listen.

If you like this, try and find 'Bluish' - a great early '90's trio with Arild Andersen and Jon Christiensen on the Polish label Power Bros records.
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