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Manu Katche

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

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yelena Eckemoff: Nocturnal Animals

Read "Nocturnal Animals" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist-composer Yelena Eckemoff is predictably unpredictable. After an early series of piano trio albums she worked with larger ensembles, culminating in the sextet (plus vocalists) of Better Than Gold And Silver (L&H, 2018). After cutting back to a duet with drummer Manu Katché on Colors (L&H, 2019) she returns with a larger band, but with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yelena Eckemoff: Nocturnal Animals

Read "Nocturnal Animals" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

"You're busy appearing or you're busy disappearing." Drummer-bandleader Art Blakey may have said that; if he didn't, he should have. Somebody had to express the importance of presenting your work, for getting it out there to an audience. This goes for virtually any artist in any medium. Double down on that for people who create jazz. ...

the scOpe

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Keep Connexion; Glow; Vice; Overlooking; Please Do; Paris Me Mange; Let Love Rule; Don't U Worry; Goodbye For Now; Tricky 98’: Le Match de légend.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Manu Katche: the scOpe

Read "the scOpe" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Manu Katché's tenth album as a leader, the ScOpe encompasses modern and ancient music, tribal and global music, and illustrates why he is not only one of the world's best drummers, but much more. Katché entered the Paris Conservatory as a pianist but switched to percussion as his studies progressed; his mature style eventually ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall

Read "Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Franco Ambrosetti Quintet Long Waves Unit Records 2019 Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti balances in the middle of three jazz generations, the father of saxophonist Gianluca and son of saxophonist Flavio, who once played opposite Charlie Parker at the Paris Jazz Festival. Although he grew up studying classical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Raffaele Casarano: Oltremare

Read "Oltremare" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Album “internazionale" per il sassofonista pugliese Raffaele Casarano, alla quarta prova per la Tük: tredici brani della sua penna, interpretati con tre musicisti di spicco quali il pianista belga Eric Legnini, il contrabbassista svedese Lars Danielsson e il batterista francese Manu Katché. La scelta dell'organico è ben funzionale al genere di musica, visto che ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27 -July 1, 2019 Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

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New sounds from Trialogues, Nick Grinder and Marker

Read "New sounds from Trialogues, Nick Grinder and Marker" reviewed by Bob Osborne

New albums from Berlin trio Trialogues, Nick Grinder and Ken Vandermark's Marker plus great piano music from William Tatge and selections from Johannes Enders. In between music old and new. Playlist Trialogues “Samarkand" from Trialogues (Edition64) 00:00 Nick Grinder “New and Happy" fromFarallon (OiM Music) 05:18 Marker “Alphaville #2/Trance/Alphaville #1" from New Industries ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yelena Eckemoff/Manu Katché: Colors

Read "Colors" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff has produced a varied discography. But since her piano trio album Lions (L&H Production, 2015) she has tended towards larger ensembles. Leaving Everything Behind (L&H, 2016) and Desert (L&H, 2018) were both quartets; Blooming Tall Phlox (L&H, 2017) and In the Shadow of a Cloud (L&H, 2017) were quintets; and Better Than Gold ...


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