Manu Katché. Touchstone for Manu. Germany 2014
My background is classical, my genes on my father’s side are African, and all of this made me think that I should bring something which I like and which defines me. It was not an analysis. It just came to my mind.
The way you play is the way you are, and that’s unique. That’s what we need in the music – multiple unique personalities. Interview. Manu Katche. All About Jazz. 2014
Drummer Manu Katche blossomed as a contemporary jazz drummer and band leader, emerging in the mid-2000s after having played with his share of popular musicians. Born in Saint Maur Des Fossés, France on October 27, 1958, he studied classical piano at age seven in Paris, and at age 15 enrolled at the Conservatorie Nationale de Paris. He then became a session and concert drummer with a wide range of groups, but in the mid-’80s, Katche’s stock rose considerably, thanks to his involvement with the touring and recording projects of Peter Gabriel and Sting.
A specially-price limited edition compilation of the best of Manu Katché on ECM. The French drummer is joined in performances of his tunes by an outstanding cast of soloists including Jan Garbarek, Tomasz Stanko, Nils Petter Molvӕr, Trygve Seim, Mathias Eick, Marcin Wasilewski, Tore Brunborg, and Jacob Young. Recorded 2004 -2012 in Oslo, New York and Pernes-les-Fontaines, and drawn from his widely acclaimed albums “Neighbourhood”, “Playground”, “Third Round” and “Manu Katché”.
- All Music: Touchstone for Manu puts a very fine period on an eight-year run that positioned Katché as a strong bandleader, an accessible composer…and a drummer whose focus on groove and group interplay over chops and excessive gymnastics remains both refreshing and relevant.
- All About Jazz: Touchstone for Manu works its way through the drummer’s records chronologically, though the tunes selected are largely not in the same order as found on the original recordings.
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