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7 Sep 2012

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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Modul 41_17 - Lörrach
16:38
2
Modul 35 - Leipzig
11:31
3
Modul 42 - Wien
8:09
4
Modul 17 - Tokyo
8:58
5
Modul 22 - Amsterdam
14:45
Disc 2
1
Modul 45 - Mannheim
13:11
2
Modul 48 - Gateshead
8:37
3
Modul 47 - Mannheim
13:11
4
Modul 55 - Salzau
10:00

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 7 Sep 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ECM
  • Copyright: 2012 ECM Records GmbH
  • Total Length: 1:45:00
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  • ASIN: B0094RTUZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,937 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh wow! 28 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
I have seen Nik Bartsch's group Ronin live several times in London over the last few years, and wasn't too bothered about acquiring this live CD set. Don't get me wrong, they are fantastic to see/hear live - but I never really got the sense that the music was much different to what was on record. The concerts were incredible considering how complex the music is (or appears!). I have all of their CD releases (including all of the Ronin Rhythms CDs) apart from the first live one they did.

So this purchase is in fact the first live one I have bought. I listened to the first 2 tracks on the way to work this morning... and oh my goodness... it is incredible!

Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention when I saw them live all of those times, as I have forgotten how spontaneous the group is in concert mode. There is so much more interplay, improvising and organic progression than I ever realised before. Take the intro to the first Modul on this CD set for instance (Modul 41_17). This sort of thing just isn't captured on the original studio recording, and it is beautiful and fitting.

The second track is probably my favourite Modul - Modul_35. The with the triangle hitting a 6/4 pattern for a while before the whole group come in with a repeating, hypnotic motif in a completely meter and rhythm (with the triangle still hitting the same 6/4 pattern in the background). Even this Modul sounds so much different (if not better) on this live recording. The bass player (Bjorn Meyer) seems to be doing something different. Also, the breakdown after the motifs (which keep changing keys) is a definite improvement to the original (on the album STOA), which I always thought was a little anticlimactic!?

Come to think of it, I've never really been a fan of live albums in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent legacy, introduction and momento 26 Oct 2012
By degrant TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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One of the previous reviews rightly raises the point of live albums. It is a rare recording of a live performance of existing material (rather than a new release which happens to be recorded live) which will appeal to all of existing fans (often as a memento of a great night), newcomers and those who had previously disliked an artist's music.

While the quality of the performances on "Live" goes without saying, this double release is significantly similar to the source material such that it is an excellent introduction and best of (with material from five albums over a decade or so and eight concerts). And while the similarity means it is unlikely to win over those previously unmoved by Ronin, it is more organic and warm if less precise and may appeal to some who think that the precision of the group's music sound disqualifies it from any association with jazz.

That said, on the first few listens I was slightly non-plussed. The same group of Bartsch, Sha, Rast, Pupato and Meyer, (although the bass player had left the group and was replaced by Tommy Jordi for the last track only) performs their music in a fundamentally faithful manner to the source material and it took repeated listening fully to appreciate the subtlety, differences and innovation on display. Modul 35 is a classic example. Compared with the version from "Stoa", the track is both more urgent and forceful while featuring a bewitchingly beautiful motif from Bartsch nearly 5 minutes in. Although Modul 22 from 2004's "Rea" and another which I have been unable to trace were new to me, the majority of the tracks come from the last two releases "Holon" and "Lyria". Indeed the second disc contains two tracks each from those albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for working, less for listening live. 12 Nov 2013
By Ad Arma
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Ronin was a sensation to me when I heard it first and remained a top item when working on it...
So I was very curious last friday to listen to them live at last.
That became a large diapointment.
Four men in black. In overpowering volume on a loudness as if they were going to have to fill a complete festival-field.., They played in a small theatre-salle filled wsith people that were attending a festival of modern contemporary music. This audience has the ears and openness of mind to find appreciation in for Ronin.... A chance to really reach for the tops and the utterest corners of their imprivising-structured somewhat darkish sound.. Then why this noise?
Resisted the impulse to leave and stayed to listen. Eyes closed and concentrated. But it just didn't happen. This was just fistshowing and overpowering.
Nothing of the beauty7 of the recordings..
A lightshow and smokemachine were there too. As if they are Pink Floyd in person. It all flopped that night. Such a pitty.
Back home, listening to the CD it was all fine again. With my own hands on the volume and a bit of subtlety in the high tones this is nice interesting fusing music.. What happened live?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing energy 7 Oct 2013
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Having listened to all three ECM recordings before this live (Stoa, Holon and Llyria) I expected a very good album at the very least. But this live album was beyond even my highest expectations. The album captures the amazing energy of this band. Most of the compositions are not played exactly as in the studio albums, and, in my opinion, they are more powerful in this recording, particularly the two opening compositions of each CD, Modul 41_17 and Modul 45 respectively. Ecstatic groove and spirituality, zen funk (as Nik Bartsch calls it) at its best. I highly recommend it for fans and new listeners alike.
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