MANU KATCHE, MANU KATCHE


Drummer and percussionist Manu Katché is a musician of the world with a style informed by multi-cultural sounds and techniques, achieving recognition through his work for Peter Gabriel, Sting, Simple Minds and many other rock and jazz groups. Although his first solo record was rooted in rock, his move to ECM has produced a series of groove oriented contemporary jazz recordings. His fourth release for the label, the eponymously titled and highly listenable, Manu Katché, feature textures that score on waves of percussion, soothing rhythms and atmospheric melodies. It’s the closest thing to smooth jazz in ECM’s discography, but the quality and degree of musicianship mitigates any negatives associated the genre.

With new musicians on board – trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær, saxophonist Tore Brunborg and the excellent British pianist Jim Watson – Katché invests his music with cinematic drama. “Running After Years” simmers with urgency, “Bliss” unfolds over a mysterious layer of sustained Hammond B3 tones, while “Loving You” toils in synthetic trumpet loops and propulsive back beats over a lovely, jittery theme. “Short Ride” features nice dynamic interplay and “Beats And Bounce” is a self-referential title that glistens with a pop-like theme. This is inventive and attractive instrumental music and Katché always has a few tricks to play. He has a refined sound and his tunes percolate with interest, and though Katché’s affinity for earthy grooves put him squarely in Harvey Mason and Fourplay territory, that’s not bad company to be included in at all.  (10 tracks; 52:12 minutes) Listen to a sample here.

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JAZZ IN SPACE: MANU KATCHE, MANU KATCHE

Monday, January 7, 2013

MANU KATCHE, MANU KATCHE


Drummer and percussionist Manu Katché is a musician of the world with a style informed by multi-cultural sounds and techniques, achieving recognition through his work for Peter Gabriel, Sting, Simple Minds and many other rock and jazz groups. Although his first solo record was rooted in rock, his move to ECM has produced a series of groove oriented contemporary jazz recordings. His fourth release for the label, the eponymously titled and highly listenable, Manu Katché, feature textures that score on waves of percussion, soothing rhythms and atmospheric melodies. It’s the closest thing to smooth jazz in ECM’s discography, but the quality and degree of musicianship mitigates any negatives associated the genre.

With new musicians on board – trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær, saxophonist Tore Brunborg and the excellent British pianist Jim Watson – Katché invests his music with cinematic drama. “Running After Years” simmers with urgency, “Bliss” unfolds over a mysterious layer of sustained Hammond B3 tones, while “Loving You” toils in synthetic trumpet loops and propulsive back beats over a lovely, jittery theme. “Short Ride” features nice dynamic interplay and “Beats And Bounce” is a self-referential title that glistens with a pop-like theme. This is inventive and attractive instrumental music and Katché always has a few tricks to play. He has a refined sound and his tunes percolate with interest, and though Katché’s affinity for earthy grooves put him squarely in Harvey Mason and Fourplay territory, that’s not bad company to be included in at all.  (10 tracks; 52:12 minutes) Listen to a sample here.

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