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Mik Keusen's Blau: Nalu

Read "Nalu" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Mik Keusen's Blau clearly articulates a musical vision. A typical jazz lineup--piano, bass, drums, and reeds--Nalu spawns music that is anything but typical. Instead, it is post-modern and ambient, with almost industrial rhythmic drive. Nalu is as far from the core of blues and standard-based jazz as Pluto is from the sun.

Tightly composed ...

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Mik Keusen's Blau: Nalu

Read "Nalu" reviewed by John Kelman

With the sudden appearance of pianist Nik Bärtsch and Stoa (ECM, 2006), a new musical paradigm emerged from Switzerland: a rigorous musical aesthetic combining post-Steve Reichian minimalism with funk and cross-cultural tinges of Japan and Indonesia. Bärtsch's music actually dates back to the early part of the millennium, but it was ECM's attention that gave the ...