A veteran of the Polish jazz scene, Stańko enjoyed a long association with ECM
Trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, a veteran of the Polish jazz scene and collaborations with Cecil Taylor, Edward Vesala and many more, has died at the age of 76. He cut his teeth in the early 1960s playing with pianist and film composer Krzysztof Komeda in Krakow, and recorded with various Polish groups and labels before getting fired up by free jazz. He went on to perform with Globe Unity Orchestra, Don Cherry and others. Following his 1973 debut album Fish Face, he began a lifelong association with ECM through the release of Balladyna (1976). He also recorded widely for European jazz labels Leo and Jazzwerkstatt.