Date: Oct 29th, 2012 · Tags: Jazz CD Reviews

Since joining ECM for Neighbourhood (2005), Manu KatchA(C) has carved out a very specific niche for himself at a label whose purview continues to broaden–with this French-Ivorian drummer, perhaps surprisingly so. Contemporary? Yes, KatchA(C) has fashioned a nearly four-decade career as a superb groove-meister, whether in the rock world with artists Sting or Peter Gabriel, or with more decidedly jazz-centric artists like saxophonist m: Jan Garbarek , on Dresden (ECM, 2009), or keyboardist m: Herbie Hancock , on his (admittedly more pop-oriented) The Imagine Project (Herbie Hancock Music, 2010). But with his now four ECM recordings defined by accessible grooves and singable melodies, they’re still absolutely players’ recordings, and certainly nowhere near “smooth jazz” sphere to which some folks attribute them…

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