Norwegian trumpeter/composer Mathias Eick comes from a musical space that, during the last 30 years, has rightfully earned itself the attributes of a genre. The singularity of his tone, marked by the lyrical quality of his phrasing and underlined by a melancholic solemnity, adds a particular note a the Nordic jazz tradition he shares with Jan Garbarek, Arve Henriksen and Nils Petter Molvær. A complex musician, Eick also plays double bass, guitar, piano and vibraphone--instruments which continuously stimulate his creativity. Throughout his life, Eick has been involved in numerous projects, including work with drummer Manu Katché, bassist ...read more
Those who've caught Mathias Eick live, since the release of The Door (ECM, 2008), know that, as strong a first salvo as that debut was, it was no preparation for the power of the Norwegian trumpeter in performance. When his quartet performed at Mai Jazz 2008, with pianist Andreas Ulvo replacing The Door's Jon Balke, it was patently clear that Eick was looking to bridge his intrinsically melodic concerns with the youthful energy of groups like Jaga Jazzist, with whom he's been performing since inception. The Door surely was one of 2008's best releases, but Skala trumps it by marrying ...read more
When you have a winning combination, it's best not to mess with it. When guitarist Pat Metheny hooked up with Brad Mehldau, the pianist's trio was already such a strong, flexible unit that Metheny grabbed it in its entirety for his two-CD project. While the order of events may not be quite the same, Atomic pianist Håvard Wiik and his trio, responsible for the fresh, modernistic The Arcades (Jazzland, 2007), form the core of Motif, a group of young players who've been on the Norwegian scene since 1999. Apo Calypso is Motif's Jazzland debut, and it's a remarkable combination of ...read more
As the ECM label nears its fortieth birthday, its vitality, inventiveness and, of course, its vaunted sound continue to be a source of joy for jazz enthusiasts worldwide. Manfred Eicher, ECM's founder, has always recorded those artists in whom he hears his own vision, which affects the rest of the jazz world with each new release. Not yet thirty, trumpeter Mathias Eick represents the new blood that any institution needs to grow. The remarkably mature, joyous and subtly complex The Door is his first release for ECM as a leader, although he has appeared as a sideman ...read more
Not yet 30, Mathias Eick has racked up an impressive number of appearances on ECM, including guitarist Jacob Young's Evening Falls (2004) and Sideways (2008), drummer Manu Katché's Playground (2007) and pianist/harpist Iro Haarla's outstanding Northbound (2005). But that's only the tip of the iceberg, with the Norwegian trumpeter appearing on over fifty albums ranging from jazz to flat-out rock and roll. So while some musicians his age aren't yet ready to fly solo, Eick has more than paid his dues, a fact made abundantly clear on The Door.
Assembling a group familiar to fans of ECM and Norwegian labels ...read more