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CD REVIEW: MANU KATCHÉ'S THIRD ROUND

 

 

By Culturekiosque Staff

LOS ANGELES, 28 JULY 2010 — Emmanuel 'Manu' Katché was born in St Maur des Fossés, near Paris, in 1958, though his family roots go back to West 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.

Invited to participate in ECM's 20th anniversary concerts in Paris in 1989, Manu Katché played first in a trio with Jan Garbarek and Indian violinist Shankar in a concert at La Cigale. The encounter was to lead to Mr. Katché's membership in the Garbarek Group and his presence on a series of albums: I Took Up The Runes, Ragas and Sagas, Twelve Moons, Visible World, In Praise Of Dreams. Nevertheless, it was Mr. Katché's  work with Peter Gabriel on the album "So" and, subsequently on the Amnesty International World tour with Gabriel, Sting and Tracey Chapman that brought his sophisticated talent to the attention of a more mainstream global audience.

Manu  Katché is currently on a world tour (Germany, Italy, Israel in August 2010) in support of his new album, Third Round. It should be noted, however, that the French musician is touring with a different group than the one heard on the new CD. Simple, elegant and straight forward, Mr. Katché and his high-profile colleagues favour la juste mesure in the exposition of the musical ideas heard on the 11 tracks. In fact, with the exception of "Keep On Trippin" at 5' 34", most tracks fall somewhere between two and a half to four minutes which may strike some as a bit of a tease. Still, as is no doubt Mr. Katché's  intention, these intimate performances are a delicate meditation on the art of pleasure. Highly recommended.

Manu Katché: Third Round
Manu Katché, drums
Tore Brunborg, saxophones
Jason Rebello, piano, Fender Rhodes
Pino Palladino, bass
Jacob Young, guitar
ECM 2156 (June 2010)

Manu Katché Artist Website



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