Inspired by early Ornette Coleman and the innovations of Coltrane, Miles Davis and George Russell, the group is often cited by music historians as the first European group to play free jazz, Tomasz Stanko's smouldering Slavic soul music and grainy-toned trumpet finds a new context on "Dark Eyes." Like his hero Miles Davis, the Polish jazz master also has an impressive record as talent scout and mentor, and his latest ensemble pools young players from the North of Europe.
"Stanko evokes the spirits of the finest trumpeters dead and living while creating a mood and a voice uniquely his own. Yes, you can hear the influences of Miles Davis and Chet Baker at their most introspective and profound, as well as hotter, more rasping traces of Lee Morgan and Clifford Brown. Stanko stands shoulder to hiply-slumped shoulder with 'Kind of Blue,' and has an even-better sound - ECM's deep and finely-burnished finest." - Thomas Conrad, Stereophile.