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Playground

Manu Katché

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1.1
Lo
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz; David Torn
6:30
1.2
Pieces Of Emotion
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz
4:18
1.3
Song For Her
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz
6:27
1.4
So Groovy
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz
5:53
1.5
Morning Joy
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz
5:32
1.6
Motion
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz
5:21
1.7
Project 58
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz
6:19
1.8
Snapshot
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz
4:59
1.9
Possible Thought
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz
6:10
1.10
Inside Game
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz
5:11
1.11
Clubbing
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz
7:08
1.12
Song For Her (Var.)
Manu Katché; Mathias Eick; Trygve Seim; Marcin Wasilewski; Slawomir Kurkiewicz; David Torn
6:25
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:13
"Four Stars ... combines beautifully mutated grooves and softly jazzy themes with familiar echoes ... his drumming transforms the simplest melodies with hustling cymbal patterns and sudden galloping tom-tom spurts ... a delectable set." - The Guardian "... (Katché) finds his niche, supplies what’s required and gracefully stays out of the way ... proves a firm believer in and judicious user of quietude and roominess ... all along, Katché puts in timekeeper duty, generously tossing out a cymbal crash here and a snappy snare or hi-hat accent there ... cozily endearing in a late night mood sort of way ..." - JazzTimes.com "Four Stars ... Katché's strength as a writer is to create relatively clear and lyrical contexts for the quintet to interact, from the tender melancholy ... to the more upbeat and assertive ... a loose but unmistakable approach to rhythm that's unassailable but never heavy-handed ... like his bandmates, he's a thoughtful player without ever feeling overly considered ... Katché manages to imbue a kind of pop sensibility without resorting to shtick ... an outstandingly honest record and proves, yet again, that accessible music needn't be lightweight or predictable." - All About Jazz Famed drummer Manu Katché's ECM leader debut release Neighbourhood was so lavishly praised and awarded in 2005 it seemed a hard act to follow, yet Playground more than managed to live up to expectations in 2007. A continuation exploring similar areas, Katché has said this recording features more coherence and more ensemble togetherness, even as he allows himself to grab a bit more space for the drums.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Studio Masters

Recorded January 2007 at Avatar Studios, New York Engineer: James A. Farber Assistant: Brian Montgomery Cover Photo: Darius Khondji Video Stills, Liner Photos: Gildas Boclé Design: Sascha Kleis Produced by Manfred Eicher

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