All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

11

Manu Katché: Unstatic

Karl Ackermann By

Sign in to view read count
Drummer Manu Katché's career has been a long, circuitous one that began in rock, working for an extended period with Peter Gabriel, Sting and Joni Mitchell. In the cases of Sting and Mitchell, there was a jazz sensibility present in much of their work. Simultaneously, Katché's work on the ECM label was taking shape as he appeared on a number of Jan Garbarek albums. The drummer's own ECM leader debut, Neighbourhood (2005), was well received and the first of a successful string of four releases while on that label. With Unstatic, Katché gives us a mostly understated original collection encompassing a number of world styles.

Unstatic features a core quintet and guests. Katché's long-time associate, saxophonist Tore Brunborg is joined by Italian trumpeter Luca Aquino. The two had played together on Katché's Live in Concert (ACT Music Vision, 2015) along with pianist Jimmy Watson who adds Fender Rhodes on this collection. A relative newcomer, Norwegian Ellen Andrea Wang plays the upright bassist and adds a bit of vocalizing and trombonist Nils Landgren joins in on five of the eleven tracks.

All of the compositions on Unstatic were written by Katché and they cover a lot of territory. Opening with "Introducciṓn"—and later with "Flame&Co"—Katché shows his Latin chops with bossa nova and samba flavors. On the latter of the two, Katché shows some real force along with a powerful saxophone solo. Bookmarked by those pieces is the title track, featuring appetizing solos from Watson and Brunborg. "City" is overtly funky while being laced with an old-world European refrain. Watson and Brunborg add their luster again on "Ride Me Up," an R&B/blues piece that morphs into funk. Wang gets her chance to shine on "Number 11."

Perhaps the indelible memory of the all-star Neighbourhood with Jan Garbarek, Tomasz Stanko and Marcin Wasilewski pigeon-holed the drummer and set too narrow an expectation as one of "the" drummers of the new millennium. This album is more a demonstration of Katché's diverse compositional skills than his eminent talents as a percussionist. In that regard, his role here may seem more conventional that in his early days, but Unstatic should be viewed more holistically as the actor steps behind the camera and directs a quality work without ego.

Track Listing: Introduction; Unstatic; Flame&co; City; Blossom; Daze Days; Rolling; Ride Me Up; Trickle; Out Of Sight; Number 11.

Personnel: Manu Katche: drums, vocals; Ellen Andrea Wang: upright bass, vocals; Jim (James) Watson: acoustic piano, keyboards; Tore Brunborg: saxophones; Luca Aquino: trumpet; Nils Landgren: trombone (1, 2, 7, 11); Abraham Rodriguez Mansfarroll: percussion (1); Joel Hierrezuelo Balart: percussion (1); Inor Esteban Sotolongo: percussion (1).

Title: Unstatic | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Anteprima Productions

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Unstatic

Unstatic

Anteprima Productions
2016

buy
Touchstone for Manu

Touchstone for Manu

ECM Records
2015

buy
Manu Katche: Touchstone for Manu

Manu Katche:...

ECM Records
2015

buy
Live in concert

Live in concert

ACT Music
2015

buy
Manu Katche

Manu Katche

ECM Records
2013

buy
Manu Katche

Manu Katche

ECM Records
2012

buy

Related Articles

Read 9 CD/LP/Track Review
9
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 19, 2018
Read For Gyumri CD/LP/Track Review
For Gyumri
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 19, 2018
Read Sextet (Parker) 1993 CD/LP/Track Review
Sextet (Parker) 1993
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 19, 2018
Read Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim CD/LP/Track Review
Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim
by Kevin Press
Published: February 19, 2018
Read Orientation CD/LP/Track Review
Orientation
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 18, 2018
Read Romaria CD/LP/Track Review
Romaria
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 18, 2018
Read "Signaling" CD/LP/Track Review Signaling
by Troy Dostert
Published: May 11, 2017
Read "Weapons Of Mass Distraction" CD/LP/Track Review Weapons Of Mass Distraction
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: December 31, 2017
Read "Chrome" CD/LP/Track Review Chrome
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 11, 2017
Read "Stratus" CD/LP/Track Review Stratus
by Edward Blanco
Published: August 11, 2017
Read "Ziljabu Nights - Live at Theater Gutersloh" CD/LP/Track Review Ziljabu Nights - Live at Theater Gutersloh
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 22, 2017
Read "Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn" CD/LP/Track Review Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 15, 2017