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  Исполнитель(и) :
   Katche, Manu  (Drums)
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  Наименование CD :
   Playground



Год издания : 2007

Компания звукозаписи : ECM

Музыкальный стиль : Continental Jazz, Modern Creative

Время звучания : 1:10:10

Код CD : ECM 2016 1737321

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Small Orchestra - Contemporary)      

Recorded January 2007 at Avatar Studios, New York

All Music Guide

Drummer Manu Katche's sophomore effort for ECM is, in some ways, an extension of his nearly brilliant debut Neighbourhood, issued by the label in 2004. The former recording listed such ECM standard bearers as trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and veteran saxophonist Jan Garbarek on the front line and a rhythm section comprised of pianist Marcin Wasilewski and bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz (from Stanko's group). Playground keeps the rhythm section intact, but Mathias Eick and Trygve Seim, on trumpet and saxophones respectively, make up the front line. While there can be no denying the lyrical power of the former unit, this one feels more like a band. Seim is a leader in his own right, having released three fine recordings under his own name and been part of numerous ECM ensembles. He and Eick played together in Iro Haarla's band for the wonderful Northbound recording. The trumpeter is also an integral part of guitarist Jacob Young's group whose ECM debut, Evening Falls, was one of 2002's best jazz releases. Manfred Eicher likes to keep it in the family when he's producing, and he hasn't been wrong for a long time. This set was recorded in New York, and though it retains the trademark ECM "sound" in some ways, it's warmer, too. Separation and space abound, but the dynamic reach of this group transcends that at times.

Guitarist David Torn helps out on the opener, "Lo," and third cut "Song for Her." Interestingly, they are two of the quieter cuts on the set, and Torn's support work is largely atmospheric. The symbiotic communication between Eick and Seim is something to behold. Drummer Manu Katche's sophomore effort for ECM is, in some ways, an extension of his nearly brilliant debut Neighbourhood, issued by the label in 2004. The former recording listed such ECM standard bearers as trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and veteran saxophonist Jan Garbarek on the front line and a rhythm section comprised of pianist Marcin Wasilewski and bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz (from Stanko's group). Playground keeps the rhythm section intact, but Mathias Eick and Trygve Seim, on trumpet and saxophones respectively, make up the front line. While there can be no denying the lyrical power of the former unit, this one feels more like a band. Seim is a leader in his own right, having released three fine recordings under his own name and been part of numerous ECM ensembles. He and Eick played together in Iro Haarla's band for the wonderful Northbound recording. The trumpeter is also an integral part of guitarist Jacob Young's group whose ECM debut, Evening Falls, was one of 2002's best jazz releases. Manfred Eicher likes to keep it in the family when he's producing, and he hasn't been wrong for a long time. This set was recorded in New York, and though it retains the trademark ECM "sound" in some ways, it's warmer, too. Separation and space abound, but the dynamic reach of this group transcends that at times.

Guitarist David Torn helps out on the opener, "Lo," and third cut "Song for Her." Interestingly, they are two of the quieter cuts on the set, and Torn's support work is largely atmospheric. The symbiotic communication between Eick and Seim is something to behold. The wonderfully tender ballad "Lo" contains the kind of restraint and reliance on gentleness that's difficult for two horn players - these days anyway - to hold together as a unit; one usually comes off sounding more dominant than the other. But Katche's pace, with so many subtle fills, and Wasilewski's bridge between the horns is sturdy and moves the melody forward allowing them to hold steady. There are numerous ballads on this set, which is unusual for a drummer, but Katche is nothing if not a lyrical composer. His subtlety is one of his great strengths - check the quietly insistent brushed hi hat trills in triple time on "Emotions." "So Groovy" is nothing if not modern-day soul-jazz. A skeletal, funky backbeat with Katche playing breaks everywhere relies heavily on Kurkiewicz's bassline to not only keep the pulse, but also to keep it moving. The head in the tune is loping but stays tight. Eick's solo simmers as Katche's percussion and kit work quietly push him even as Wasilewski fills the space with some angular but in-the-cut chords. "Morning Joy" alternates between improvisational sketch and gently swinging mid-tempo ballad. One has to wonder if the solo drumming at the beginning of "Motion" is not a sort of homage to Paul Motian, it replicates his notion of pulse and swing nearly perfectly while keeping Katche's unique snare work his own. The post-bop head in the tune would also seem to suggest that, but the tune moves over a couple of times into other territory without ever straying from that theme too much, and becomes more harmonically complex as it goes. There is also a beautiful bluesy funk element here, that never leaves the realm of controlled tension, but is so seamless it's easy to initially miss the many changes it undergoes - and there's a killer little solo by Wasilewski.

"Snapshot" is a modern-day glimpse of the classic Blue Note sound of the early to mid-'60s. The themes and solos (particularly by Seim) are modern, but the deep blues and even slightly bossa feel in the rhythms touch on that territory. Katche is at his very best here, dancing like Billy Higgins but deeper in the lower registers of his kit. Them other ballads here, such as "Project 58" and "Possible Thought" are all transformed, chameleon-like, into other things as these wonderfully airy but complex compositions shimmer, slip and slide through the ear. Katche's drumming is quiet but so knotty. He's everywhere, traveling around the band with Kurkiewicz as his foil, guiding this band through his tunes (check the terrain "Inside Games" covers from front to back). The sophisticated urban groove of "Clubbing" is one of the hippest songs Katche's written, with a rolling piano line in the lower register in the head, the drummer breaking and shifting grooves on the bell of his ride cymbal. The solos begin with Eick, and he moves form post-bop to slightly outside, never losing his sense of time or melody. Seim follows suit, but moves to the edges more quickly; his bop phrasing also goes into a kind of modalism around the blues before Wasilewski, becomes a machine, hitting arpeggios insistently and percussively as Katche answers breaking his beat all around him filling that center space. The interplay between the two men is never better than it is here and could have gone on far longer. The set closes with a variation of "Song for Her" that feels more like a reprise than anything else. The first version is so utterly beautiful it seems almost superfluous. In all, Playground is a step ahead of its predecessor; namely because Katche's compositions, while they are more complex, have lost none of their inherent lyricism. The two new front line players have brought with them the experience of playing together and this rhythm section has worked together for a while. They fold into the mix of the ensemble rather than simply standing out on their own. Playground is an exciting new chapter in Katche's evolution as a leader; but more than this, bodes well for the future of jazz: it never loses sight of itself, but moves the various threads of its subgenres further without stretching any of them to the breaking point.

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Eagerly awaited second ECM album by French-African drummer Manu Katche. Recorded in New York's Avatar Studio in January 2007, "Playground" picks up where the best-selling "Neighbourhood" left off: in the interim the project has coalesced into a rip-roaring and fully-integrated band. Manu's group, featuring a Polish/Norwegian confederacy of young players, is energized by his hard driving drums and by his compositions which invite spirited solos... Together, the quintet - whose strong new frontline features Mathias Eick and Trygve Seim - makes exciting, zestful music.

"Neighbourhood was a beginning," says Manu Katche, of his widely-praised ECM leader debut which received the Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (yearly award of the German Record Critics), an album-of-the-year prize from France's Jazz Magazine (Disque d'emoi de l'annee), and numerous other awards. "It was a meeting. Since then, we've been on the road together, established some codes in the way we interact. And I've found out more about the other guys' playing abilities, especially Marcin (Wasilewski) and Slawomir (Kurkiewicz), and I knew we would work more together. So the music for Playground was concepted also with them in mind. In this sense, the new disc is a continuation. It's exploring similar areas, but I think there is more coherence, more ensemble togetherness...and I've also grabbed a bit more space for me and the drums, while on Neighbourhood I'd made the decision to keep myself mostly behind the soloists."

Playground, in brief, begins where Neighbourhood left off, with a revised line-up and a tighter focus. Saxophonist Trygve Seim has been in the live group since late 2005, taking over from Jan Garbarek. Newest addition to the band is another young Norwegian, trumpeter Mathias Eick. Mathias and Trygve have some history together - both appear as members of Finnish pianist/harpist Iro Haarla's group on Northbound (recorded 2004) and Eick has also worked with Seim's ensemble on occasion (including this year's Oregon Jazz Festival). With Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski and bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz sharing more than fifteen years playing experience together as members of their own Simply Acoustic Trio and, latterly, as half of the Tomasz Stanko Quartet, Katche's group draws on a web of proven playing associations, with the unique qualities of Manu's drumming simultaneously triggering fresh responses from each of the players. Manu Katche's approach sets him apart from most contemporary jazz drummers. His agile rhythms build patterns, frameworks of pulses that nudge and lift the horn players, or lock into deep grooves with piano and bass.

"I'm always trying to put patterns together and to make a groove out of them, and to colour things. That's basic to my concept of music-making whether I'm playing jazz or rock or anything else, whether I'm playing my music or working with Sting or Peter Gabriel or whoever. I'm building a groove to inspire the soloists and, hopefully, myself."

Playground was recorded in January 2007 in New York's Avatar Studios, with Manfred Eicher, who helped assemble the bands for both of Katche's ECM discs, as producer, and James Farber engineering. Manu notes that "New York of course has a phenomenal energy level, and there's something magical about the place too: at least that's how Europeans experience it. So there we were as musicians together in a country we don't belong to, feeding off the special vibe of New York City. I think you can hear that in the music." Upstate New Yorker David Torn dropped by to add local colour and guitar atmospherics to the album's opening and closing cuts. Otherwise the album is all-acoustic, but bristling with natural energy - on the ballads ("Lo", "Song for Her", "Morning Joy") as well as the harder-hitting uptempo pieces ("So Groovy", "Clubbing"). "The whole thing was done very quickly," Manu recalls. Manfred Eicher adds, "With each of the participating musicians contributing to the realization of Manu's musical ideas, and helping to build something new upon the structural framework of his tunes, the progress made in the course of this three-day session was indeed inspiring." The drummer and the producer returned to New York to mix the Playground album together in February.

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  Соисполнители :

David Torn (Guitar)
Marcin Wasilewski (Piano)
Mathias Eick (Trumpet)
Slawomir Kurkiewicz (Double Bass)
Trygve Seim (Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone)


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   1 Lo         0:06:30 Katche
   2 Pieces Of Emotion         0:04:18 -"-
   3 Song For Her         0:06:27 -"-
   4 So Groovy         0:05:53 -"-
   5 Morning Joy         0:05:32 -"-
   6 Motion         0:05:21 -"-
   7 Project 58         0:06:19 -"-
   8 Snapshot         0:04:59 -"-
   9 Possible Thought         0:06:10 -"-
   10 Inside Game         0:05:11 -"-
   11 Clubbing         0:07:08 -"-
   12 Song For Her (Variation)         0:06:22 -"-

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