for all those who wanna keep it fresh: Nik Bärtsch's Ronin


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Axegrinder#9
04-13-2008, 09:21 PM
I present to you the album Holon recorded earlier in February of 2008, by Nik Bärtsch's Ronin. Here are the album details from amazon.com

"Eagerly-anticipated second ECM album from Swiss pianist-composer Nik Bärtsch and his committed young `Zen-funk' or `ritual groove" band Ronin, whose label debut Stoa received rave reviews all around the world. * Bärtsch's Ronin is recognized as one of the most exciting discoveries of recent years. * Holon follows up directions set in motion by Stoa and takes them further, thanks both to the band's growing confidence and also to ECM's glowing sound-mix. * Nik Bärtsch's music occupies a niche all its own, equidistant from contemporary composition, funk/soul grooves and scattered world musics. In some ways further removed from jazz than the other idioms it has nonetheless been warmly embraced by the jazz community, its grooves and interlocking rhythms now frequently heard also at the jazz festivals - as well as in new music spaces and rock clubs."

This musical project in my opinion would be Europe's answer to Medeski, Martin, Wood. This review is based purely on first impressions. It's hard to describe this music, and doing such never quite does justice to it. Suffice it to say that I heard this record for the first time, following Mingus' "The Black Saint and Sinner Lady" and it held its own. I don't know if I can exalt this album's glory much further than that.

Till this day, I was completely unfamiliar with Nik Bartsch music. I'm putting this record right up there in between Keith Jarrett's "Changeless" and MMW's "Electric Tonic" - it bridges the gap perfectly.