Manu Katché – Unstatic

Manu Katché’s previous release was noted for the absence of a bass player. For Unstatic (Anteprima Productions, 2016), the drummer added one.

The band consists of Ellen Andrea Wang, bass and vocals; Jim Watson, piano and keyboards; Tore Brunborg, saxophones; and Luca Aquino, trumpet. Trombonist Nils Landgren appears on several tracks. And the percussion trio of Abraham Rodriguez Mansfarroll, Joel Hierrezuelo Balart and Inor Esteban Sotolongo Zapata assist on “Introduction.”

A stick-a-ti-boom roll introduces the title song. This bouncy jaunt is highlighted by the blended horn section lead, accented by the keyboard. After a couple of passes, Watson stretches out a moment. After a bass-led bridge, Aquino steps in, playing softly but passionately. Watson then sets up Brunborg, who cranks up the heat just a bit, mixing a throaty growl into solo. The song ends with Katché setting the exclamation point.

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