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Label: ECM
Quality: FLAC 16 bits 44.1kHz
mp3 included
Track length:7:56
Artist: Mathias Eick
Performer: Mathias Eick trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen pedal steel guitar on Cologne Blues, October and December
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Mathias Eick
ISRC: DEB330705901
Track length:6:59
Artist: Mathias Eick
Performer: Mathias Eick trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen pedal steel guitar on Cologne Blues, October and December
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Mathias Eick
ISRC: DEB330705902
Track length:8:46
Artist: Mathias Eick
Performer: Mathias Eick trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen pedal steel guitar on Cologne Blues, October and December
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Mathias Eick
ISRC: DEB330705903
Track length:4:40
Artist: Mathias Eick
Performer: Mathias Eick trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen pedal steel guitar on Cologne Blues, October and December
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Mathias Eick
ISRC: DEB330705904
Track length:4:44
Artist: Mathias Eick
Performer: Mathias Eick trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen pedal steel guitar on Cologne Blues, October and December
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Mathias Eick
ISRC: DEB330705905
Track length:7:23
Artist: Mathias Eick
Performer: Mathias Eick trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen pedal steel guitar on Cologne Blues, October and December
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Mathias Eick
ISRC: DEB330705906
Track length:4:35
Artist: Mathias Eick
Performer: Mathias Eick trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen pedal steel guitar on Cologne Blues, October and December
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Mathias Eick
ISRC: DEB330705907
Track length:4:13
Artist: Mathias Eick
Performer: Mathias Eick trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen pedal steel guitar on Cologne Blues, October and December
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Mathias Eick
ISRC: DEB330705908

First leader date for prizewinning Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick who has already contributed significantly to ECM discs by Manu Katché, Jacob Young and Iro Haarla, and co-directed the popular jazz-ambient-rock group Jaga Jazzist. Here his melodically intense trumpet sings over fractured rhythms and grooves. Jon Balke’s performance on acoustic and electric pianos is a marvel of supportive invention, Audun Kleive hammers home the beats, and Stian Carstensen from Farmer’s Market guests on pedal steel guitar. The resourceful Eick plays vibes and guitar as well, but it is his trumpet that is the subject of this attractive set, moving through a programme of many colours.

Mathias Eick trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen pedal steel guitar on Cologne Blues, October and December

Recorded September 2007

Trumpeter Mathias Eick, in the first album released under his own name, focuses all the qualities that have made him a musician to be reckoned with in and around jazz of the last decade. “The Door” is distinguished by vaulting lyricism and clear-edged melodies, a strong sense of ambient space in the writing, and edge and excitement and openness to improvisation. The 28-year-old Norwegian cites Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Kenny Wheeler, Tomasz Stanko, Arve Henriksen and Nils Petter Molvaer as influences upon his stylistic evolution as a soloist yet “The Door” (recorded in Oslo’s Rainbow and Cabin Recorders studios in September 2007) also confirms that Mathias Eick has found his own characteristic and readily-identifiable voice.

Eick’s spacious pieces allow plenty of free range for Jon Balke, whose resourcefulness as pianist, always taking the path less trodden, is in evidence throughout the album. Balke’s playing, in a rare sideman role, is one of the pleasures of “The Door”. Orchestrator par excellence in presentations of his own music (particularly with Magnetic North), Balke the pianist is effectively an arranger-in-action here, continually opening up fresh perspectives inside Eick’s robust ballads and mid-tempo pieces.

Drummer Audun Kleive is another player with deep ECM roots. A former member of Terje Rypdal’s Chasers and of Charles Lloyd’s touring quartet, he has also had a long association with percussionist Marilyn Mazur. Here he in tandem with bassist Audun Erlien, (previously heard on ECM with Nils Petter Molvaer), developing and telescoping the grooves and pulses.

Guest artist Stian Carstensen who appears on three tunes (“Cologne Blues”, “October” and “December”) was last heard on ECM playing accordion with Trygve Seim (“Different Rivers”) is here featured on pedal steel guitar, an instrument whose expressive potential is rarely glimpsed in jazz contexts.

Mathias Eick’s resumé includes work with musicians of many styles, from Chick Corea and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra to Norwegian psychedelic rock band Motorpsycho. A primary project in the last ten years has been the jazz/progressive rock ten-piece band Jaga Jazzist: Eick’s multi-instrumentalism has been an important part of that group’s sound and on “The Door” he is also heard on vibraphone and guitar as well as trumpet, as he puts it, whatever needs to be played.

Eick has appeared on two ECM recordings with Norwegian-American guitarist Jacob Young, “Evening Falls” and “Sideways”, and on Finnish harpist/pianist/composer Iro Haarla’s “Northbound”. In 2007 he became a frontline soloist of Manu Katché’s band, appearing on the best-selling “Playground” and touring extensively with the French/African drummer.

About Mathias Eick:

Mathias Eick, is a Norwegian jazz musician born (26 June 1979) near the town of Eidsfoss in the county of Vestfold, Norway.

His main instrument is trumpet, but he also plays double bass, vibraphone, piano and guitar.

Mathias Eick has performed with several well-known music groups and musicians, Jaga Jazzist and "Trondheim Jazz Orchestra" together with Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.

Mathias Eick was awarded "The International Jazz Award for New Talent 2007". He received a prize of $20,000 US on 13 January 2007 during the IAJE 34th Annual International Conference in New York where he also performed. The annual prize was founded by IAJE in cooperation with the International Jazz Festivals Organization (IJFO).

 

Source: Allaboutjazz.com


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