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Llyrža

17 Sep 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Sep 2010
  • Label: ECM
  • Copyright: 2010 ECM Records GmbH
  • Total Length: 56:08
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  • ASIN: B004SUHYG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,107 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By degrant on 3 Oct 2010
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The music of Nik Barsch's Ronin is instantly recognisable and surprisingly difficult to describe (even with the assistance of Wittginstein's quotation about "Empathis und Phrasierung" in the liner notes). Barsch's own (not entirely happy) phrase "zen funk" captures some of the internal conflict behind such disciplined music and reviewers of the previous release "Holon" highlighted comparators such as the American minimalists, the much-missed EST and Autechre.

Publicity releases for "Llyria" have highlighted its increased melodic and lyrical sense and corresponding "loosening of the ritualistic grooves" in comparison to its predecessor "Holon". Nonetheless, "Llyria" is no volte face or abandonment from the group's previous work, rather a refinement or natural development and, for all the excellence of "Holon", an improvement. The use of acoustic instruments save for electric bass provides a warm and organic feel which militates against the disciplined construction of the music, the complete absence of ego and notion of soloists, and the austere description of all the pieces as numbered modules.

The percussive precision throughout, best exemplified on fourth track "Modul 47", and shifting pulse match any of Jaki Liebzeit`s contributions to Can's "Future Days". Bartsch's piano has a more crystalline quality than before and his patterns, whilst still very rhythmic with lower register stabbings providing as much propulsion as the bass or percussion, are indeed more melodic and even impressionistic. On third track "Modul 55" in particular the mysteriously named Sha's saxophone even has echoes of Stephan Micus's (zen but resolutely un-funky) music.

The range of comparisons and synthesis of melody and rhythm, pre-conception and improvisation means that this is music which should appeal to Ronin's existing fanbase, a wide new audience and fellow musicians looking for samples and directors for film-music. Undemonstratively brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Edwards on 22 Aug 2012
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It's difficult to say any more about Nik Bärtsch's music, other than what I've said in my review for their previous recording STOA. I tried to grasp what it was about their music that makes it so rhythmically interesting and complicated, yet so listen-able. And to be honest, I didn't do a great job! For those of you who are interested in Nik Bärtsch's use of complex rhythms, I can do no better than to suggest you take a look at an analysis of the first piece on this recording (Modul 48). Amazon doesn't allow web addresses in reviews, so do an internet search for: Modul 48 analysis, and it should be the first result.

It's a great insight and definitely worth a look.

Sorry not to have reviewed this particular recording more in depth. As someone once said, "talking/writing about music is like dancing about architecture"!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By awjm on 21 Feb 2011
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I love ECM and think they're a label still putting out great music and moving fowards. This album, though, is one of their best of the last few years and is one of the best jazz albums I've heard lately. The playing on it is excellent and the pieces are really good. I don't like music that is complicated for the sake of it and I'm glad to say that the music here is complicated but in a very creative and beautiful way, with overlapping ryhthms and diverse solos.
The recording is also excellent.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Green on 6 April 2011
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Nik Bartsch's music evolves with every album, and always for the better - this is his most interesting album to date. Departing from his earlier well constructed minimalist compositions he is developing into a singular voice in modern music. This is what I would call true fusion music, true because it compromises none of the elements. It is jazz, trance, contemporary minimalism and something more as well - the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Zen funk indeed.

Highest recommendation for both the performance and the recording.
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