Manu Katche

Third Round - ECM 273 2131

For his third ECM project as leader, the celebrated drummer put together a new group, but it’s a group of old friends. Bassist Pino Palladino is a collaborator of many years, while pianist Jason Rebello played with Katché in Sting’s band. Norwegian saxophonist Tore Brunberg, often sounding like a soft-focus Garbarek, is a long-term ECM labelmate. Guests are guitarist Jacob Young and trumpeter Kami Lyle, who adds lyrics to ‘Stay With You’ with her impossibly warbly yet captivating vocal. And you can’t help being arrested by the sonics, which make so many jazz records seem dry by comparison. On this most accessible ECM album the sound just glistens. 

Sound Quality: 90%