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Sha: Monbijou

Read "Monbijou" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Aside from an existing appreciation of the saxophonist's creativity, it would be a mistake to approach Sha's Monbijou with any preconceptions. While this is a notion that has applied to his main group, Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, the tack Sha takes on this album is well removed from even that. Considering the integrated groupthink which ...


Article: Jazzmatazz

Jazz, Zen, and Hip-Hop: The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival

Read "Jazz, Zen, and Hip-Hop: The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Exploring the grounds of the Montreal Jazz Festival is like going to all you can eat Las Vegas buffet. “Look over there at table four; there's Dixieland. Wait at table six, there's Latin jazz, supposedly the main table as a new head chef, let's go there." You can stuff yourself by going ...


Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 2-6, 2019 The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with the usual dazzling array of musical offerings. And a few that were unusual: including concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of ECM Records (founder Manfred Eicher was awarded the Bruce ...


Article: Live Review

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin At The Bop Stop

Read "Nik Bärtsch's Ronin At The Bop Stop" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Nik Bartsch's Ronin Bop Stop Cleveland, Ohio October 28, 2018 The way Nik Bärtsch dresses reveals a lot about his music. He steps up to the piano wearing a Samue, the traditional dress of Zen Buddhist monks, and sneakers. One represents a spiritual tradition thousands of years old, requiring the utmost ...


Article: Radio

Henry Threadgill, Ben LaMar Gay and other great new releases

Read "Henry Threadgill, Ben LaMar Gay and other great new releases" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

This week we check out new releases by some of the most exciting and innovative jazz musicians working today, from established names like Henry Threadgill and Nik Bärtsch to exciting up-and-comers like Ben LaMar Gay. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Ben ...

Article: Album Review

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'ascolto del doppio CD Live sarà di sicuro interesse sia per chi attendeva da tempo un disco come questo da parte di Nik Bärtsch, sia per chi si avvicina per la prima volta a questo artista e alla sua band Ronin. Registrato dal vivo in diverse località dove il pianista svizzero si è esibito nel corso ...


Article: Album Review

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch and his group Ronin joined the ECM Records roster in 2006 with their label debut, Stoa. Since then they have produced a new ECM set every two years, with Holon (2008), Llyría (2010), and now their first recorded-in-concert set for the label, the double-disc Live. Ronin's music has been called ...


Article: Album Review

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by John Kelman

Change can be good, though there's often a sense of loss when a significant adjustment happens. Honing his very specific Ritual Groove/Zen Funk music for more than a decade, Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch was hit with a particularly big change when Ronin's founding bassist, Bjørn Meyer, left in 2011 to pursue personal projects. The more recent ...

Article: Album Review

Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Llyrìa

Read "Llyrìa" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Prosegue l'opera del pianista svizzero Nik Bärtsch attraverso i suoi “perfetti" moduli compositivi, dopo i precedenti Holon (2008) e Stoa, sempre per la ECM. Forte di un suono orchestrale denso e preciso, i Ronin di Nik Bärtsch sono una band che suona uno spartito accuratamente preparato. La pre-scrittura dei moduli non lascia nulla al caso, lo ...


News: Interview

Pianist/Composer Nik Bartsch Interviewed at All About Jazz

Pianist/Composer Nik Bartsch Interviewed at All About Jazz

Pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch would be the first to recognize that he is no revolutionary, as his aesthetic vision draws inspiration from multiple sources, ranging from 20th century classical music to funk, and from Japanese ritual music to minimalism. The distillation of all these sounds results in a music that invites meditation and at the ...


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