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Jazz legend Stanko releases Szymborska tribute

Jazz legend Tomasz Stanko launched a tribute album to the late Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska in February with a concert at Krakow's opera house.

The album, which he released with his New York Quartet, is simply entitled Wislawa, and was recorded in the Big Apple this June.

"Reading Wisława Szymborska's words gave me many ideas and insights, " the trumpeter reflected on his official web site.

"Meeting her and interacting with her poetry also gave impetus to this music, which I would like to dedicate, respectfully, to her memory, " he added.

Back in 2009, Szymborska gave a reading of new poems at the Krakow Opera, with Stanko invited to respond to each work with a musical improvisation.

Stanko told Poland's Rzeczpospolita daily that Szymborska had "a special sense of humour, " and said that he was glad to promote a strand of Polish culture.

"We should highlight what's of worth in our culture, " he said.

"Even Chopin requires promotion, " he claimed.

Stanko himself first found fame working with artists such as Krzysztof Komeda. Since then he has collaborated with countless stars, ranging from composer Krzysztof Penderecki to America's free jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor.



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