Jazz gig of the week: Tomasz Stanko + John Surman, Barbican, London EC2


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Opening a double-header of ECM giants is John Surman's beautiful Saltash Bells, winner of JazzFM's Album of the Year, where vaporous songs such as "Whistman's Wood" evoke the atmospheric wild scapes and woodlands of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley.

Tomasz Stanko plays cool, open-bodied ballads and blues from Wislawa, which features the voice of the Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska, who died in 2012.

The Miles-inspired trumpeter's New York Quartet features the hotly tipped Cuban pianist David Virelles, plus the crack bass-drums team of Thomas Morgan and Gerald Cleaver.

020 7638 8891; barbican.org.uk, Wednesday