Wednesday, August 21, 2019

plato's cave ninety three (being a film journal)

Claudia Weill - Girlfriends - 1978
Successful film at the time (Stanley Kubrick dug it) starring Melanie Mayron, Christopher Guest, Bob Balaban, Eli Wallach and the underrated Amy Wright. Honest film about the difficulties of being a young artist in a big city, and dealing with relationships. Astounding something like this was made at the time. Contemporary films in a similar spirit could be Frances Ha or Tiny Furniture, which don't sit well with me. Something so nice about the spirit of the 1970s that after a day of living in the world of now it is so nice to just turn on the projector and be transported back to a solid period of time.

Bernardo Bertolucci - The Last Emperor - 1987
Such a great film, Bertolucci's best perhaps. My wife and I both saw this many times in middle school when it came out, but so different as an adult. Ryuichi Sakamoto plays a great heavy and such an astounding soundtrack.

Barry Levinson - Rain Man - 1988
Dustin Hoffman came into my place of business about 8 years ago and was using an electric razor to shave as he browsed our wares. Was quite funny, he seemed like a good guy. This isn't a film I am that into but hadn't seen it in a while, the sleazy Cruise element of the film I enjoy.

Michael Mann - Thief - 1981
One of the great first films by a director, and one of the strongest films of the 1980s, has that early 80s feel which is like 1970s on heroin.

7.23.2019 - 7.25.2019
John G. Avildsen & Sylvester Stallone - Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky IV, Rocky V - 1976-1990
The first Rocky film is a 10/10, just an intensely raw film from a period of a total raw aesthetic. Philly in this film makes The Wire's Baltimore look like Disney World. The sequence where Rocky ascends the stairs of The Philadelphia Museum of Art is really an astounding bit of film magic. Like Girlfriends above, this film is one of those experiences of total pleasure where one can even for a moment not be bombarded by vocal fry and upstart uptalk. Sometimes watching old films can be like a Science Fiction film where the viewer just plugs in and is suddenly traversing time.  The later films I had not seen since I was a child. Problematic initially that they all start with a recap of the previous movie's ending fight. They have good moments but overall not in the same caliber, the third one a bit better than the rest. The fights in the films are pretty visceral and not too many films come close to the way they were constructed. My biggest problem with Creed was that the fight sequence felt like a movie trailer, here they are in Golum's words “raw and wriggling”.

Bruno Dumont - L'humanité - 1999
Starts out rather Duchampian with some Étant donnés (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas, French: Étant donnés: 1° la chute d'eau / 2° le gaz d'éclairage) and ends quite mysteriously. Near perfect film. Superb landscape photography by Yves Cape.

Bruno Duplat - Flandres - 2016
Also shot by Yves Cape, a roller coaster of a film.

Paul Thomas Anderson - Punch-Drunk Love - 2012
One of those great films. Anderson's best film in addition to Hard Eight, Inherent Vice, and There Will be Blood. The way color plays a role in the film from lens flares to décor and costumes reminds one of the Trois Couleurs trilogy.

David Robert Mitchell - Under the Silver Lake - 2018
Couldn't finish this film. Feel really alienated from millennial culture these days.

Luca Guadagnino - Call Me by Your Name - 2017
Third time watching this film. Loved it the first time and more the second and way more the third. Interesting that James Ivory didn't like the wimpy sex scene, but I think it is nice that the camera meanders during the in and out.

Trey Edward Shults - It Comes at Night - 2017
Has some good moments, good low light photography.

Wong Kar-wai - In the Mood for Love - 2001
Perfect film.

Abel Ferrara - Bad Lieutenant - 1992
This film I saw many times in high school when it came out, and more times the first few years of college. If I remember correctly, my father loved it and wanted to see it with me. I was so completely blown away by the film. Year later I watched the bullshit edited version not knowing that there were two versions and went into a minor depression for a few weeks. Started watching it again and assumed I was watching it proper until I get to some scenes that were edited by Disney. I will have to track down the nc-17 version. I am curious why this lame version persists.

Wes Anderson - Bottle Rocket - 1996

Francis Lawrence - Red Sparrow - 2018

Jonas Mekas - Notes on the Circus & Report from Millbrook - 1966, Travel Songs - 1981

David O. Russell - The Fighter - 2010
Not really on board with Mr. Russell, but gave this one a second go. I remember the HBO Lowell doc coming out when I was young and it was like a wake up that the world was not all smooth and smelling of roses.

Curtis Harrington - Night Tide - 1961
Classic 60s film by the sometimes avant'garde filmmaker Curtis Harrington who made The Fall of the House of Usher, and shot one of the best Kenneth Anger films Puce Moment.

Mark L. Lester - Class of 1984 - 1982

Werner Herzog - Stroszek - 1977
Perfect film.

Abel Ferrara - Bad Lieutenant - 1992 NC-17
The real version. God what a film!

Steven Caple Jr. - Creed II - 2019

Paul Schrader - American Gigolo - 1980
The soundtrack for this film is all variations of the Blondie song, and didn't work that well. Not a bad movie besides that, a little dated though in the way Brian de Palma films can be, with the strong Hitchcock quality that seems too much pastiche.

Kathryn Bigelow - Point Break - 1991
Rewatch of one of the best early 90s films.

Adrian Lyne - Nine 1/2 Weeks - 1986
Very good film with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. Solid NYC ambiance.

Geoffrey Wright - Romper Stomper - 1992

Jim Jarmusch - Paterson - 2016
Third time I believe, becoming one of my favorite Jarmusch films.

Tom DiCillo - Living in Oblivion - 1995
Steve Buscemi as filmmaker. Has some moments. Classic 90s indie cast.

Dominik Moll - ‘Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien’ (With a Friend Like Harry) - 2000
One of the great French films. Sergi López (Pan's Labyrinth) is fantastic.

8.14.2019 - 8.19.2019
Baran bo Odar Jantje Friese - Dark - 2017-2020
German tv, sort of a more tastefully done Stranger Things. Mostly pretty good soundtrack by Ben Frost, except when he gets high-pitched. Enjoyed the show, beautifully shot.

Alexandre Rockwell - In the Soup - 1992
Another Steve Buscemi as filmmaker, or potentially one. I remember seeing this and Living in Oblivion in the late 90s and not really liking the style, but gave them another go being a huge Buscemi and Seymour Cassel fan. The interactions between the 2 actors in this film are really worth seeing even though it is not a fully captivating film, pretty good though for the most part.

Joanna Hogg - The Souvenir - 2019
Very nice film, mix of 16mm and digital video that looks great, and through possibly the fidelity and grain adds much to the levels of depression and despair of the film.

Bruno Dumont - The Life of Jesus - 1997

Harmony Korine - The Beach Bum - 2019
Romcom from Harmony Korine. I enjoyed Matthew McConaughey's performance.

Paul Schrader - Light Sleeper - 1992
Once or twice a year type of film, such a great ambiance to the film.

Andrew Niccol - Gattaca - 1997

David Fincher, Andrew Dominik, Carl Franklin - Mindhunter season two - 2019
Good show, enjoyed more than season one. Damon Herriman plays Chuck Manson here and in Once Upon a Time.

David Anspaugh - Hoosiers - 1986
Master class on how the relationship between music, cinematography, and editing can create a bit of emotion, even if sentimental. As a youngster this relationship bugged the shit out of me but now at age 44, with a drink in my hand and not really giving a shit it is kind of interest to watch.

Andrew Davis - The Package - 1989
A second Gene Hackman film. Also the late great John Heard.

Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood - 2019
I am a fan of Tarantino's Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction, the latter took a while for me to get into, but now hard not to appreciate it. Besides those, I haven't really been a fan of his work, especially the last decade and a half. Although he always has a few great scenes like the Michael Fassbinder bar scene from Inglourious Basterds, which I have seen a few times. I came to Once Upon a Time thinking I wouldn't dig it, even though the subject matter is right up my alley: 1969, Sixties Los Angeles, Westerns and drunken western actors, the Manson crew (my father dated the famous Manson girl from New Hampshire when they were both in high school, pre-Chuck Manson), and the seedier side of the street in general which one finds in the City of Sin. Initially watching the film I was really struck by Mr. Pitt's performance and general character, also by the look of the film, and then Leo and his role really grew on me. Leo in his trailer yelling at himself was one hell of a great performance. The comedy of the film was just tear enduing, especially Leo yelling at the hippie crew and the end bloodbath. Some parts I could do without, mainly the Tate moments, but damn it was a pretty good film and I would see it again. One bit of interest was my wife and I went out of the way to see it on 35mm, and I guess the projectionist was new to the business or out of practice because there were numerous vertical scratches on the film that I am pretty sure where occurring as we saw them, and after about 10 minutes he shut the projector down I am guessing to give the damn thing a clean (why didn't he shoot a bit of spit in there?) and it started running a bit cleaner to just end up getting pretty scratchy 10 minutes later. I am guessing the few millennials that noticed thought it was intentional on Mr. Tarantino's part? In a way it added to the charm of the screening.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

dragonem sometimes

all the faces blur
and glares on white walls
all the sounds
of dragonem sometimes

Monday, July 22, 2019

just dirt, recent photography

fireflies ~ prospect park, brooklyn new york

trees & light ~ prospect park, brooklyn new york

just dirt ~ pine meadows trail, sloatsburg new york

dark tree ~ , brooklyn new york

the devil's eye ~ hudson new york

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

plato's cave ninety two (being a film journal)

Chantal Akerman - Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels - 1975
Seeing this film many times as a student, it became a sort of standard for what was possible within the traditional narrative structure of cinema, if the concept of narrative was really pushed. With long camera takes, minimal plot, non traditional sound and acting, the structure of traditional narrative film can be quite transformed. Hearing at the time that Michael Snow was a heavy influence on Akerman while she was living in New York and making News From Home really hit me hard at the time as I was actively being transformed by Back and Forth, See You Later, Wavelength and La Région Centrale.  One thing that perhaps was too subtle for a 19 year old was the way in which Delphine Seyrig's acting and movements slowly shift over the film from extremely controlled to just a little out of control and then to completely berserk by the end of the film. How Akerman pulled this off using the long form technique shows her genius and great skill as a filmmaker, and Seyrig's abilities as an actor.

6.23.2-19 - 6.27.2019
Craig Mazin - Chernobyl episodes four and fine - 2019
Great bloody show.

Sean Durkin - Martha Marcy May Marlene - 2011
Directed by Sean Durkin who also did the show Southcliffe which was quite good.

Todd Field - In the Bedroom - 2001
Tom Wilkinson, Marisa Tomei, Sissy Spacek and William Mapother in this strange Maine murder film.

6.26.2019 -
Nicolas Winding Refn - Too Old to Die Young - 2019
A novel idea - to use the long form format of television to basically a show be a series of long meandering shots, panning, rotating and in stasis. Very much in the tradition of the new Twin Peaks, skirting traditional Los Angeles Neo-Noir, with some distinct weirdness, but this one perhaps more in the Tarr or Tarkovsky realm with 80s pastiche music by Cliff Martinez transforming away from the strictly art house appeal.

Claire Denis - High Life - 2019
A gorgeous Stu Staples/Tindersticks soundtrack here, with some proper performances from Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson.  Binoche's onanistic scene is pretty good.

6.29.2019 - 7.18.2019
David Kajganich, Max Borenstein, and Alexander Woo - The Terror - 2018
Read the Dan Simmons book last year, a really good read. The creature especially quite frightening and cinematic in description. The story in the show is a little less clear than the book but actually nice in its semi-abstraction, but one of those examples of how those viewing the show having read the book are getting a lot more out of it. Jared Harris is showing some extreme actorshippe here, he is one great screen presence. Soundtrack with work by the Miasmah artist Marcus Fjellström whom apparently passed away in 2017, also Lustmord, Tangerine Dream, and Ingram Marshall and his glorious Fog Tropes. The sexually charged elements of the Esquimaux women extremely subtle to non existent here which is something that added good tension in the novel.

Alec Berg and Bill Hader - Barry season one - 2018

Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montgomery - The Loveless - 1991
Lynch fans will recognize Monty Montgomery's name not only as producer/director, but the strange cow poke in Mulholland Drive.

Jesse Peretz - Juliet, Naked - 2018
Hard to imagine the reality of an underrated indie rock star with an internet fan base, but a pleasant enough Ethan Hawke film.

Brady Corbet - Vox Lux - 2018
Seriously did not like this one, except Jude Law was good.

Ari Aster - Midsommer - 2019
I really loved this film in terms of how it was made but the plot and characters bothered me. Aster says it is a breakup film but the male has zero personality and the girl simply nags and lives her life through comfy pants although the tragedy she experiences gives reason to it. That sounds harsh but I did enjoy the film, it would have been so much better with more sophisticated characters and a tweak to the story, part of my problem with being a non-millennial perhaps is the trouble relating to the problems of entitled youth.

Martin Scorsese - Mean Streets - 1973
This film was seen probably once a month through college, nice to watch it again, I often time will say lines from it like Get out of my place, I know your face. Also, the pallet of this film is so damn beautiful in its simplicity, reds and muddy grays/blacks.

Nicolas Roeg - The Man Who Fell to Earth - 1975
Great film, darn strange with a lot of sex. Bowie's johnson clear as day in the last 3rd. Rip Torn is so darn good. Stunning music by John Phillips and Stomu Yamashta.

Martin Scorsese - The Last Temptation of Christ - 1988
First saw this when it came out with my mother who was on a real spiritual path, at the great Wilton Town Hall Theatre in Wilton NH. Really took my breath away. I remember owning the laser disc and watch it quite often. Nice to see again after 20+ years. Reminded me this viewing of The Sopranos when the priest jokes about Bobby D. as an alternative gangster Jesus. Also wonderful soundtrack by Peter Gabriel, and in addition the sources like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

plato's cave ninety one (being a film journal)

Jim Jarmusch - The Dead Don't Die - 2019
I like to see every new Jarmusch film in the theater. His new film has a good concept - a comedic "hipster" interpretation of the zombie film with Romero's Night of the Living Dead as a starting point. A slightly alternative take in the zombie film history that have highlights like 23 Days Later and not necessarily good but prominent works like The Walking Dead. The zombie film has always resonated strongly with me because we basically walk amongst the living dead, are governed by the living dead and have a dead bastard at the helm. Jarmusch is making reference to much of this with his new film both seriously and absurdly. One scene I loved was when each cop shows up at the diner to bear witness to the remains of the first kills. Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Chloë Sevigny separately walk into the same dismal scene where a sort of country muzak (as I heard it, maybe it was a respected song?) playing on the speakers. Their perceptions are all the same, cut for cut, in a way that reminding this viewer of Sam Beckett and his absurdity-repetition like that in Watt and the sucking stones from Malloy. Hearing Jarmusch's dislike of the genre in an interview shed some light on the film for me, I wonder if he had a bit more of a relationship with zombies, the film could have been more successful like his Only Lovers Left Alive. In addition, one wonders if the story would have potentially been more potent without self referencing itself via the fourth wall?

Fritz Lang - The Big Heat - 1953
I personally prefer Lang's American films Ministry of Fear and The Return of Frank James to this film but it surely is a classic worth watching a few times.

Irving Lerner - Murder by Contract - 1958
Bizarre story of a overly confident and incompetent contract killer played by Vince Edwards.

Terence Davies - The Long Day Closes - 1992
Davies' stunning portrait of a man recalling his youth reflected through the eyes of a boy surrounded by cinema, atmosphere, and a loving family filtered through post-war Britain.

Jacques Tourneur - Nightfall - 1956
Filling in gaps lately in my Noir exposure (which honestly is pretty basic). I really loved this film with Anne Bancroft and Aldo Ray giving solid natural performances lacking the ham that is common in this period, especially Bancroft who just masters some sort of non-acting actorshippe. The Criterion Channel's supplementary video for these Columbia Noir films mentions how many of these Noirs don't have the traditional femme fatale which honestly is refreshing.

Takashi Miike - Rainy Dog - 1997
Part of Miike's Black Society trilogy of which I have seen none.  Solid gangster film that revolves around the relationship between a foreign mercenary, his son and a prostitute. Really great atmospheric and quiet film.

Jim Sheridan - In the Name of the Father - 1993
Great use of Hendrix's Voodoo Child (Slight Return) during the riot sequence. Great film when Day-Lewis was on a roll, even though he has always been on a roll. Pete Postlethwaite in addition is one of those actors that grabs your attention with everything he is in.

6.20.2019 - 6.23.2019
Craig Mazin - Chernobyl episodes one through three - 2019
Currently going through this totally devastating and  brilliant mini series on HBO with music by Hildur Guðnadóttir and stunning performances by Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson, three of my favorite actors. I remember as a boy of about age 12 the disaster had a strangely shocking effect on me even though I wonder if I understood the gravity of the situation. Years later the work 4 Rooms by Jacob Kirkegaard and the photographic survey Zones of Exclusion: Pripyat and Chernobyl by Robert Polidori resonated really strongly with me, also Ilya Kabakov's School No.6 which I saw in Marfa Texas. The complete annihilating qualities of the disaster make this series honestly hard to watch and quite depressing but so relevant today. On a side note - Jared Harris is often times considered the son of the great British actor Richard Harris. Years of watching him in films and shows such as Happiness, Benjamin Button, Mad Men and here, I believe Richard Harris should now be considered the father of Jared Harris? He is really one of the top actors working now and has made a very strong impression in the history of the moving image. I would look forward to him just even reading the phone book for 5 hours!

Jim Jarmusch - Down by Law - 1986
One of Mr. Jarmusch's best films, so beautifully shot by Robby Müller. Tom Waits' repetition of "Bob Frost" is wonderful, an underrated actor as is John Lurie.

Hirokazu Koreeda - Still Walking - 2008
Ozu-esque family drama in which a family passes some time exhibiting a bit of subtle but very uncomfortable family tension and dysfunction. The dysfunction can be seen clearly when the family invites the saved boy (their son passed away saving the child) each year to the house and basically showing him very mild hatred in the form of non-kindness and disrespect.  Koreeda's steady actor Hiroshi Abe reminds this viewer very much of Tatsuya Nakadai from The Human Condition and many Kurosawa films, interesting guy, as is the actress Kirin Kiki who appears in many of his films. The sequence with Kirin Kiki frantically pursuing the yellow butterfly around the house thinking it is her son reincarnated was extremely touching, not only because of her actorshippe, but also the work of the dp and cameraman who so expertly follow the two around letting them go in and out of focus in a deeply satisfying way, no idea how they shot that.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

resounding and astigmatic two (being a music journal)

Peter Brötzmann / Juhani Aaltonen / Peter Kowald / Edward Vesala - Hot Lotta
Blue Master Special  / Svarte Records 1973

A post mostly revolving around Polish and Finnish Jazz. Hot Lotta finds the 2 heavies of German free jazz (Kowald and Brötzmann) with the 2 heavies of Finnish free jazz (Vesala and Aaltonen). This is one hard hitting album with much delicate textural work from Vesala and Kowald. A great contrast to the Brötzmann attack. I find Edward Vesala to be one of the most profound of the European Jazz composers/players, he seems quite underrated. Even in the ECM circle, one hardly hears his name. His albums are really quite Godly, especially Nan Madol, Satu and Lumi.

Komeda Quintet - Astigmatic Polskie Nagrania Muza 1965

Krzysztof Komeda's most beautiful album, of which this series of posts is partially named after. This album features the great Zbigniew Namysłowski on alto, Günter Lenz on bass, Rune Carlsson (a Swede) on drums, and Tomasz Stańko on trumpet. For this listener; Astigmatic is one of the just perfect jazz albums, one that is endlessly played and endlessly thought about here at the art of memory. Albums seminal to the Polish jazz scene have a mixture of familiarity with a subtle strangeness, bordering on, but not quite surreal.

Krzysztof Komeda ‎- Knife In The Water / Two Men And A Wardrobe Doxy 2012

The band for Knife in the Water is Komeda on piano, Bernt Rosengren (a Swede) on saxophone, Leszek Dudziak (read on line this Pole currently lives in Sweden) on drums and Roman Dylag on bass.

Edward Vesala - Nan Madol ECM 1976

3 essential ECM releases - First we find possibly the best ECM release in the opinion of this listener, Vesala's Nan Madol with not only some of the most beautiful percussion work put to tape, but in addition melodies that are rich and quite queer in the Lovecraftian sense.  The band features Vesala playing drums, percussion, harp, flutes, Juhani Aaltonen on saxophones, bells, flutes, voice, Sakari Kukko on flute, Seppo Paakkunainen on flute and soprano saxophone, Pentti Lahti on soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, the American Charlie Mariano on alto saxophone, flute, and nagaswaram, and Elisabeth Leistola on harp. One reads of influences ranging from Japanese folk melodies to Alpine herding calls. Quite a metaphysical album which hovers between complete abstraction and traditional jazz (with a touch of world music) and presents the listener with a subtle feeling not unlike the effects of a divine ambrosiac.

Edward Vesala - Satu ECM 1977

Second comes Satu with the magnificent Vesala on drums, the smooth Pole Tomasz Stańko on trumpet, Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet. On sax we have Juhani Aaltonen, the Norwegian Knut Riisnaes and the Pole Tomasz Szukalski. Also Rolf Malm on bass clarinet, Torbjørn Sunde on trombone, Palle Danielsson on double-bass, and the extremely lush and gritty guitarist Terje Rypdal getting Rypdalian with his Strat, overdrive, delay, wah wah, compression, and Marshall amp. Many of these tunes share the quality of an unfathomable melodic purity we find with Charles Mingus.

Edward Vesala - Lumi ECM 1987

Approaching a big band quality with some extraordinary players giving the recording a classic ECM sound, like Iro Haarla on harp. The last track Together is co-written with Tomasz Stańko, Raoul Björkenheim's guitar work here over Vesala's drums hovers in-between atonality and lush-infused noise and is bewilderingly beautiful.

Zbigniew Namysłowski ‎- Winobranie Polskie Nagrania Muza 1973

Recently visited the WFMU record fair and the first booth I hit was that of a lawyer from Philadelphia who had a plethora of Polish jazz. Many of these came from his collection. On this Namysłowski recording we find a heavy in the Pole canon; Namysłowski's 1973 masterpiece featuring his work on alto saxophone, cello, and piano. Paweł Jarzębski is on bass, Kazimierz Jonkisz on drums,  Tomasz Szukalski on tenor, and  Stanisław Cieślak on trombone, and percussion. The first side has some almost witch-oriented female vocals, transforming the modal feel of the album into something approaching the surreal. The side ends like a Polish wedding spinning chaotically into the oblivion. With much of these Polish albums, it is hard not to think of the great write Bruno Schulz and the ambiance he creates with simplicity.

Zbigniew Namysłowski Quintet ‎- Kujaviak Goes Funky Polskie Nagrania Muza 1975

Smooth Polish melodies filtered through some 70s funk with Namysłowski on alto. One can surely hear a Komeda influence in Namysłowski's writing which is pleasantly augmented with some good steady groove bass from Paweł Jarzębski and Mileseque electric piano by Wojciech Karolak. Additionally we have Tomasz Szukalski on soprano and tenor and Czesław Bartkowski on drums.

The Włodzimierz Nahorny Trio ‎- Heart Polskie Nagrania Muza 1968

The multi-instrumentalist Włodzimierz Nahorny plays piano and alto saxophone on his classic free jazz album from 1968 with Jacek Ostaszewski on bass and Sergiusz Perkowski on drums. Essential album for those interested in European jazz and late 60s jazz. Moments of near aural stacis shift into explosive bits of hard bop transitioning into free jazz throughout this album. Side two's Przy Kasie / At The Cashier pairs Nahorny's alto with bird twitters. Great stuff, any album with bird tweets is top of the shelf.

Janusz Muniak Quintet - Question Mark Polskie Nagrania Muza 1978

(two copies in collection, both covers above)

Smooth jazz from Mr.  Muniak and his quintet. Muniak on tenor and soprano, Andrzej Dechnik on bass, Jerzy Bezucha on drums, Paweł Perliński on piano and electric piano (side two he gets pretty magical) and some guitar shredding by Marek Bliziński. Seing these guys in some smoke-filled club in Warsaw drunk on Wódka in the 1970s must have been quite an experience.

Tomasz Stańko Quintet - Music For K Polskie Nagrania Muza 1970

Janusz Muniak and Zbigniew Seifert on sax, Bronisław Suchanek on bass and Janusz Stefański on drums. One of Stańko's best.

Tomasz Stańko - Balladyna ECM 1976

ECM release with Tomasz Szukalski on tenor and soprano saxophone, Dave Holland on bass, and Edward Vesala on drums. I believe named after Juliusz Słowacki's 1834 Romantic novel of the same name.

Tomasz Stańko Septet - Litania - Music Of Krzysztof Komeda ECM 1997

Another completely essential ECM release. Everything perfect: lush cover photograph by Jim Bengston with a no-gray-area high contrast black and white seascape, and design by Sascha Kleis. A fine example of that quintessential ECM sound here obtained by recording engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug and producer Manfred Eicher. A killer band with Stańko on trumpet, the Swede Bobo Stenson on piano, Palle Danielsson on bass. Jon Christensen on drums, Komeda alumni Bernt Rosengren on tenor sax, Joakim Milder on tenor and soprano, and the heavy shredder Terje Rypdal adding often times noisy guitar.

Krzysztof Komeda - Rosemary's Baby (Music From The Motion Picture) 1968

Krzysztof Komeda - Dance of the Vampires Seriés Aphōnos 2013

2 recent printings of Polanski/Komeda collaborations.