Album: Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet, Wislawa (ECM)

The familiar soulful meditations of Polish trumpeter Stanko lift this collaboration with three younger US musicians, including star drummer Gerald Cleaver.

But the influence of NYC – where this double album was recorded – ensures a busier feel to the more up-tempo numbers. Poland's late Nobel Laureate, poet Wislawa Szymborska, is the dedicatee, and two gorgeous ballads carrying her name bookend. One CD of slow tunes would have sufficed for me.

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