Manu Katche: Third Round (ECM)

 |   |  <1 min read

Manu Katche: Out Take No 9
Manu Katche: Third Round (ECM)

This album under the name of mutli-culti French drummer Katche (who has worked with Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Joe Zawinul, Al Di Meola,  Sting, Tori Amos, Tomasz Stanko,  Peter Gabriel et al) has to be counted a major disappointment for its sheer lack of bite.

This is polite, spacious, mostly inoffensive if gently listenable jazz but very little here stretches out (nothing tops the 5.34 mark, average time about 4 minutes at a guess) and you feel that just when (or if) things are getting interesting -- as on the 2.26 piano ballad Une larme dans ton sourire -- they choose to wind down and out.

The band here -- which includes saxophonist Tore Brunborg and pianist Jason Rebello -- play it safe, and err towards what used to be called "smooth jazz" in the Eighties. It was aural wallpaper which came out of radio stations in LA with names soemthing like Cool Breeze or Lite FM.

As with his last album Playground -- which I couldn't understand why it was getting such a promotional push, as this one is -- there's not a lot here to get interested in, let alone be excited by.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

Manins/Samsom/Benebig/Lockett: Shuffle (Rattle)

Manins/Samsom/Benebig/Lockett: Shuffle (Rattle)

First a word about the cover, and in fact all the Rattle covers. Right from their first releases the cover art and presentation of albums on Auckland's Rattle label – which cover... > Read more

Embryo: 40 (Trikont/Yellow Eye)

Embryo: 40 (Trikont/Yellow Eye)

Might as well confess, until a fortnight ago I had never heard of Embryo at any point in their 40 year career -- but they are already well on their way to becoming my new favourite German jazz-rock... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue (1977)

Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue (1977)

It was a tragic irony that Dennis Wilson, the only genuine surf-rat in the Beach Boys, should have drowned. But by 1983 when he died in the waters of Marina Del Rey, he was a spent force who had... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Aerosmith; Toys in the Attic (Sony)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Aerosmith; Toys in the Attic (Sony)

There's a fairly lazy shorthand about Aerosmith, they are the band that so wanted to be the Rolling Stones that over time frontman Steve Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry started to look like Mick and... > Read more