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Manu Katche

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Emmanuel 'Manu' Katche was born in St Maur des Fossés, near Paris, in 1958, though his family roots go back to Africa's Ivory Coast. He studied piano from the age of 5, switching to drums at 14 and studying classical percussion at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris. He has often said that his drum style is essentially an amalgam of African rhythm concepts and classical drumming, illuminated by the in-the-moment interaction of jazz. "When I play jazz I get called a 'rock drummer'. When I do rock projects, critics write about 'the jazz drummer Manu Katché'. But I'm just being myself, trying to be innovative as the music is played, and I guess that is more of a 'jazz' attitude." Music on ECM had been one of Katché's teenage inspirations: "I heard my first ECM album when I was about fifteen, and I remember I was amazed by the sound and by the way the music was played: big and bold but with a lot of respect for silence and a real musical balance between the instruments...." He was to arrive at the label by an indirect route, however

Album

Last Decade

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Where Do We Go From Here; Circular Confidence; Camino Cielo; Hung Up On That Ghost; Last Decade; Remember This; Open Minds Lost; Emile; My People.

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Article: Year in Review

Dan McClenaghan's Top Jazz Recordings of 2022

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Top Jazz Recordings of 2022" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The top jazz recordings of 2022, in no particular order. Justin MorellExit Music For Intelligent Life On Earth Sonic Frenzy Records A provocative and beautiful guitar and drums album. Guitarist Justin Morell has teamed with drummer Mark Ferber (see postscript concerning Ferber at the end of this article) to construct ...

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Article: Album Review

Benjamin Lackner: Last Decade

Read "Last Decade" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


In a 2006 interview for All About Jazz written by Joao Moriera dos Santos, pianist/keyboardist Benjamin Lackner was asked: “What label would you like to be on in the near future?" He said, simply, “ECM." That seemed ambitious for Lackner at that stage of his career. He was 29 years old at the time and boasted ...

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Article: Album Review

Yelena Eckemoff: Colors live at KITO Bremen

Read "Colors live at KITO Bremen" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Composer and pianist Yelena Eckemoff's Colors (L&H Production, 2019) was a duet with drummer Manu Katché, a unique instrumentation in her ever-growing list of works. His contributions were so singular that when she had an opportunity to celebrate the album release by playing the music live at KITO in Bremen, Germany in 2019, and he could ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 8: Ustad Zakir Hussain Talks Tabla

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 8: Ustad Zakir Hussain Talks Tabla" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Origins of the Tabla The twin hand drum was developed in its current form about 300 years ago on the Indian subcontinent but the roots of the tabla may date to pre-Muslim, Arabia. The name comes from “tabl," the Arabic word for drum, and temple carvings of tabla-like double-hand drums date to 500 BCE. Tabla is ...

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Article: Album Review

Mathias Eick: When We Leave

Read "When We Leave" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Per il suo quinto album da titolare per la ECM, il trombettista norvegese Mathias Eick riparte da Ravensburg, il precedente lavoro pubblicato nel 2018, mantenendo quelle atmosfere rendendole un po' più sognanti e malinconiche, e confermando in toto i musicisti che vi avevano preso parte. A questi si aggiunge il chitarrista Stian Carstensen, già presente sul ...

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Article: Interview

Pino Palladino: The Craftsman from Wales

Read "Pino Palladino: The Craftsman from Wales" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Refined craftsmanship is in small supply in today's music business, especially in the music business that fills sports arena or large music venues. Pino Palladino belongs to the small guild of refined craftsmen whose membership is reserved to musicians who do not seek the spotlight but pursue beauty through art, because that is what they were ...

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Article: Interview

Pino Palladino: Eclettismo al Servizio della Musica

Read "Pino Palladino: Eclettismo al Servizio della Musica" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Capita raramente di ascoltare un disco che sprigiona endorfine così benefiche, che ci concede la possibilità di separarci momentaneamente dalla realtà, spingendoci fino al nucleo generativo della musica stessa. Proprio lì dove la composizione prende forma in uno spazio neutro, senza confini, entriamo nel sistema musicale di Notes With Attachments del bassista Pino Palladino e del ...

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Article: Album Review

Mauro Sigura Quartet: Terra Vetro

Read "Terra Vetro" reviewed by Chris May


Although the Italian oud player and composer Mauro Sigura bills his band as a world-jazz group which combines traditional Ottoman-Mediterranean music with modern European jazz, the band's sophomore album is not full-on, capped-up World Jazz in the manner of, say, fellow oudist Anouar Brahem's Blue Maqams (ECM, 2017). That album, made with double bassist Dave Holland, ...


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