Monday, 20 August 2018
Tomasz Stańko Quintet - Dark Eyes (2009)
Fans of latter-day Stańko will know what to expect here - lots of wonderfully languid, slow-burning melancholy, reaching its most exploratory on Samba Nova. That's one of only two tracks on Dark Eyes to hover around the 10-minute mark though, with most settling for around six, and the lovely late interlude May Sun (sans Stańko) barely three. So Dark Eyes is certainly a bit of a pull-back from the gargantuan moodpieces of its predecessor Lontano, and it's also an album that can cook, with Terminal 7 positively breezy by ECM Stańko standards. What it does have in common with Lontano is another look back to Stańko's formative patron, the great Krzysztof Komeda; two in fact this time, in gorgeous renditions of Dirge For Europe and the closing Etuida Baletowa No.3.