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Kai Eckhardt


German born bassist/composer Kai Eckhardt began playing music in the year 1975. Born in 1961, he spent his early years in both Germany and Liberia/West-Africa. Kai eventually moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of music in Boston, the college from which he graduated with honors in 1987.

During his time in Boston, Kai held the bass chair in the Bob Moses Group as well as in the ensemble “Tiger’s Baku”, led by trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. In 1987 Kai applied for a teaching position at Berklee and was accepted into the bass faculty by Rich Appleman. But before receiving his appointment he was introduced to John McLaughlin by vibraphonist Gary Burton who had been Kai’s improvisation teacher at Berklee.


Article: Play This!

George Brooks: McCoy

Read "George Brooks: McCoy" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

By the time Summit (Earth Brother, 2000) was released, Bay Area-based saxophonist George Brooks had already built a reputation with his brand of East-meets-West Indo-jazz and working alongside music luminaries such as Zakir Hussain. But with the inclusion of bassist Kai Eckhardt, guitarist Fareed Haque, drummer Steve Smith along with Hussain and sitarist Niladri Kumar, Summit ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

2000-2004 with Alain Caron, Gebe Lake, Tony McAlpine and Jeff Berlin

Read "2000-2004 with Alain Caron, Gebe Lake, Tony McAlpine and Jeff Berlin" reviewed by Len Davis

2000-2004 continued with Alain Caron, drummer Gene Lake, bassist Kai Eckhardt and Stuart Hamm. Guitarist Tony McAlpine, the band Karizma, Jeff Berlin and Larry Coryell-Victor Bailey-Lenny White from Electric. Playlist Alain Caron “Baby Step" from Call Me Al (Las Productioins) 00:00 Gene Lake “Face Da Funk" from Cycles (Passin' Thru) 7:36 Kai Eckhardt “Melting Pot" from ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chris Potter Circuits Trio, Aaron Lebos Reality, Zane Carney, Gerald Gradwohl and more

Read "Chris Potter Circuits Trio, Aaron Lebos Reality, Zane Carney, Gerald Gradwohl and more" reviewed by Len Davis

New releases from Chris Potter, Zane Carney, and Gerald Gradwohl, plus Erik Escobar and Aaron Lebos Reality. Playlist Kai Eckhardt “InThe Pocket" from Honour Simplicity:Respect the Flow (Naim) 00:00 Cosmic Farm “Steel Rider" from Cosmic Farm (Tone Centre) 07:44 Aaron Lebos Reality “Goldrush" from 141 Layers of Ikigai (Self Produced) 15:20 Chris Potter Circuits ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Zakir Hussain: The Best Jazz / Crossover Albums

Read "Zakir Hussain: The Best  Jazz / Crossover Albums" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Zakir Hussain turned 70 on March 9th. In an unparalleled career, which began in earnest aged 7, the man widely acclaimed as the world's greatest tabla player has played with the giants of both Indian classical music and jazz. It is hard to think of another musician who has straddled both worlds to such a prominent ...


The Natural Order of Things

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Natural Order of Things; El Prado; Waltz for Chick; Beyond Silence; What’s the Meaning of This; Amorzinha; Simple Gifts; Theme and Variation in Db.


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The Natural Order of Things

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 7:15


Article: Album Review

Ted Moore Trio: The Natural Order of Things

Read "The Natural Order of Things" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A piano trio led by a drummer? While that may not always be The Natural Order of Things, it is here. The drummer is the veteran Ted Moore, his teammates the talented pianist Phil Markowitz and rock-solid bassist Kai Eckhardt. Moore composed and arranged (almost) all of the music, which enlivens themes from Brazil and Spain, ...


Article: Interview

Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

Read "Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen ...


Article: Interview

Larry Coryell: Less Rock, More Jazz

Read "Larry Coryell: Less Rock, More Jazz" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

This interview was originally published at All About Jazz in June 2001. A true jazz pioneer, guitarist Larry Coryell was one of the earliest musicians to experiment with the fusion of jazz and rock styles. Originally from Galveston, Texas, Coryell moved to New York in 1965, at a time when the city's music scene ...


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