Manu Katche – Third Round (2010) [Qobuz 24bit/88,2kHz]

Manu Katché – Third Round (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 44:36 minutes | 920 MB | Genre: Jazz
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There’s a bit of the old rock drummer in Mr. Katche’s snappy rimshots on Keep on Trippin¦ and on the funky Shine and Blue. But the album also provides plenty of proof of his talent for writing elegant tunes, which he then washes in color with his signature work on the cymbals. Under his hands, a cymbal can tell a story, provide a counterpoint to a melodic line, or become an extension of the harmony.

Intensified commitment to the French-African drummer’s programme of “beautifully mutated grooves and jazzy themes” (to quote The Guardian) distinguishes Manu Katché’s third ECM album. Inside an all-new line-up, bassist Pino Palladino nonchalantly reinforces the groove element – he and Katché have much shared history as sessioneers – and helps the pulses of Manu’s tunes to dance. Pianist Rebello has both delicacy of touch and energy to burn, and saxophonist Brunborg, currently playing at a peak, solos passionately on Katché’s melodies. Guest guitarist Jacob Young shades and colours a handful of pieces, while Kami Lyle adds innocent vocals to “Stay With You”. Recorded in the South of France in December 2009 and issued on the eve of a major European tour, “Third Round” is poised to be one of the season’s jazz hits.

01 – Swing Piece
02 – Keep On Trippin’
03 – Senses
04 – Being Ben
05 – Une larme dans ton sourire
06 – Springtime Dancing
07 – Out Take Number 9
08 – Shine and Blue
09 – Stay With You
10 – Flowerskin
11 – Urban Shadow

Manu Katché – drums
Kami Lyle – vocal, trumpet
Jacob Young – guitars
Pino Palladino – bass
Tore Brunborg – sax
Jason Rebello – piano, render rhodes


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