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Jazz Manu Katche Manu Katche Sting's drummer's fourth album for ECM is self-titled and opens with just his characteristic playing: easy, open, with a deeply musical groove, a steady high-hat holding the pace while he creates lines with a combination of snare, bass drum and other decorative cymbal tones.

The instrumentation has changed again for this album, with the only carry-over from 2010's Third Round the go-to ECM and Edition Records saxophonist Tore Brunborg.

Joining him are trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer and keyboard player Jim Watson.

What, no bassist? Well, a listen to the album shows this is not a player missing but a space filled, sometimes by Katche's drums and sometimes by Watson's Hammond B3 pedals.

The introduction of organ - Watson also plays piano - expands the leader/composer's choices for those harmony melodies he so loves - before usually sax/trumpet but now sometimes organ/sax or organ/trumpet as well.

Peter Bacon
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 25, 2012
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