MANU KATCHE, THIRD ROUND

A master of moods, drummer Manu Katche smoothes out the edges on his third ECM release favoring a cool-blue vibe over the twists and turns that characterized his previous albums, “Neighbourhood” and  “Playground.” Well known on the European scene for more than 25 years, he’s played with Sting’s group, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell and dozens more. Katche makes smart contemporary jazz – his percussive grooves hold sway throughout a pitch perfect set list that seamlessly blends simmering funk (the rhythmically hip track, “Keep On Trippin’”) with melodically engaging instrumentals and a vocal feature, “Stay With You.” Saxophonist Tore Brunborg takes the lead voice on most tracks while pianist/keyboardist Jason Rebello (Sting, Madeleine Peyroux) adds the lyricism. His solo spots, especially on “Shine and Blue” are blissfully in the pocket. Veteran bassist Pino Palladino, guitarist Jacob Young and singer/trumpeter Kami Lyle rounds out the group. Young, a fellow ECM solo artist, has a particularly good feature on “Flower Skin,” his ripe tone and fleshy notes ring solid and true. As if Manu Katche would have it any other way. (11 tracks; 44:38 minutes) www.ecmrecords.com      
  















Photograph of Manu Katche by Heinz Kronberger

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JAZZ IN SPACE: MANU KATCHE, THIRD ROUND

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MANU KATCHE, THIRD ROUND

A master of moods, drummer Manu Katche smoothes out the edges on his third ECM release favoring a cool-blue vibe over the twists and turns that characterized his previous albums, “Neighbourhood” and  “Playground.” Well known on the European scene for more than 25 years, he’s played with Sting’s group, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell and dozens more. Katche makes smart contemporary jazz – his percussive grooves hold sway throughout a pitch perfect set list that seamlessly blends simmering funk (the rhythmically hip track, “Keep On Trippin’”) with melodically engaging instrumentals and a vocal feature, “Stay With You.” Saxophonist Tore Brunborg takes the lead voice on most tracks while pianist/keyboardist Jason Rebello (Sting, Madeleine Peyroux) adds the lyricism. His solo spots, especially on “Shine and Blue” are blissfully in the pocket. Veteran bassist Pino Palladino, guitarist Jacob Young and singer/trumpeter Kami Lyle rounds out the group. Young, a fellow ECM solo artist, has a particularly good feature on “Flower Skin,” his ripe tone and fleshy notes ring solid and true. As if Manu Katche would have it any other way. (11 tracks; 44:38 minutes) www.ecmrecords.com      
  















Photograph of Manu Katche by Heinz Kronberger

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