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

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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.