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Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Stoa

Read "Stoa" reviewed by John Kelman

One of ECM's strengths is its ability to find young players with new conceptions that not only keep its catalogue fresh and innovative, but also often create insidious paradigm shifts which extend beyond the label's purview. In recent years artists like saxophonist Trygve Seim and pianist Tord Gustavsen have--often in the subtlest of ways--helped reshape contemporary ...

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Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Stoa

Read "Stoa" reviewed by Budd Kopman

What is this music? What genre does it inhabit? What label best suits it? Nik Bärtsch himself calls it Zen-funk, and it easily could fit the trance label, but only at times. Reichian or Glassian minimalism springs to mind, but again only at times. Calling it progressive rock would be a gigantic stretch. Is it jazz, ...

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Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Stoa

Read "Stoa" reviewed by Chris May

From out of nowhere, Switzerland--best known in the jazz community for hosting the increasingly irrelevant Montreux Jazz Festival, whose headliners for 2006 include Simply Red, Solomon Burke, Deep Purple, Sting and Bryan Adams--seems suddenly to be turning out some seriously intrepid and innovative young players.

In the space of a few weeks, we've been introduced, first, ...