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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000A32KJQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Jan Garbarek and Tomasz Stanko are among an impressive band especially formed for Neighbourhood, the ECM leader debut of the famed French-African pop/rock/jazz drummer Manu Katché. Strong on melody, rhythm, grooves and hooks and with Garbarek in a ‘straight-ahead’ jazz context, this is bound to be a sure fire hit of the autumn.

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A lot of people know the Paris-based French-African drummer Manu Katche thanks to his work with musicians such as Peter Gabriel, Sting and Joni Mitchell. But jazz has long been this in-demand drummer’s main love, and with this release, his first as leader for ECM, Katche has created the sort of album which speaks--or rather, sings--of the mellow essence of contemporary jazz at both its propulsive and reflective best.

A technically precise, dynamically acute and rhythmically inventive player, Katche is joined by trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, pianist Marcin Wasilewski and bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz. All play superbly. They interpret the deceptively simple, emotionally wide-ranging material with the sort of unforced power that speaks of the essence of things, whether this be in the opening and closing reveries of "November 99" and "Rose" or flowing, deliciously unfolding groove of "Number One"; the poised meditation that is "Lullaby", the finger-clicking, funky fun of "Take Off" or the cooking blues figures of "Miles".

Pianist Wasilewski (like bassist Kurkiewicz, drawn from fellow Pole Tomasz Stanko’s current quartet) continues to impress as a player of both exquisite touch and freshly turned rhythmic drive, while Stanko probes, floats and (occasionally) flares as only he can. As for Garbarek: what a joy it is to hear this border-crossing poet turn to seemingly more straight-ahead (yet, as always with this player, freshly considered and dynamically arresting) jazz fare, as he does here in a potent handful of tenor saxophone appearances. In sum, a wonderful album, which will surely come to be seen as something of a milestone of European jazz. --Michael Tucker

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"Neighbourhood" has been receiving some deservedly complementary reviews in the press and merits a listen from anyone interested in jazz, especially those who think that ECM's output has little or no connection with "real" jazz whatever that is. Certainly the album is more upbeat than a large number of recordings but anyone who has heard recordings from Dave Holland and Tomasz Stanko (the latter of whom graces "Neighbourhood" with his unmistakeable trumpet) will not be so very surprised by the sounds of "Lovely Walk" and "Miles Away".
Although it seems superfluous to say so, the quality of the playing is uniformly excellent. Katché's drumming is of the very highest order and he is complemented by the afore-mentioned Stanko and Garbarek on brass and Stanko's pianist and bassist from his current band whose qualities are apparent from "Trio" which is released earlier this year on ECM.
On the subject of superfluity, lest you doubted it, the production and packaging are without comparison (although many classical and jazz labels such as Nonesuch have tried to emulate the aesthetic appeal of an ECM product).

The album starts slowly and suggestively, like a Bobo Stenson album, with piano, bass and drums only on the opening "November 99." As if challenged by the beauty of this track, Garbarek enters the fray on the numerically misleading second track "Number One" with some of his most engaged playing for some time. Some two minutes in and Stanko responds in turn, the contrast between his melancholic minimalism and Garbarek's urgency reminiscent of Davis and Coltrane half a century ago.
In fact, it is hard to fault the first five tracks at all. It is only the more boppy songs dominate the second half of the album where I feel the quality control slips a little.
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I bought this album purely because my favourite band at the moment (for the last 2 years) is Marcin Wasilewski Trio
After sampling the previews and ordering on Amazon Uk, the package arrived well and 2 days late, but in good condition.

The starting piece "November 99" is close to bliss, I have been listening to it repeatedly from morning and now its 8 pm. ANd Manu's drumming is ethereal to the core.

My favourite drummer on Jazz is Michal Miskiewicz, nothing can match the subtleties of his hands and the creative joy and zest he brings to MWT work like January, Trio and their latest Faithful. MWT gets better by every album and their work is so lyrical and wonderful.
If I had my own studio I will invite them over with a fully paid trip to Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, not that fortunate.

Manu Katche is indeed brilliant and in this album Michal is not missed.
Manu has such a mellow flow and compliments all the other instruments and I am reminded of alleyways and people sitting
on steps and images alike from the song 'February Sun', But for me its idealy a song much enjoyed in the evening.

My only small disappointment is that The Tenor Sax does not go well in this album.
I am elevated and then brought down to wonder what is the T Sax doing in the 2nd piece 'Number One'
Two is a crowd, It should have been only the trumpet. Though the air instruments dont play together, the heaviness of the Sax actually weighs down the light and punctuating gusto of the collaboration.

I highly recommend this album.
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Very melodic and peaceful. Not what I was expecting at all. Essentially Stanko's Polish quartet with Katche sitting in for the usual drummer plus Jan Garbarek playing tunes rather than his usual extended one note solos. Garbarek is not overused but Stanko plays consistently well on most tunes. The tunes themselves are good throughout if a bit samey by the time tracks 9 and 10 come around. Manu Katche proves to be a more than adequate composer and his drumming is effective and understated. As far as I can remember, he doesnt take a solo which is very commndable. The star of this set is undoubtedly the piano player who gets more and more impressive with every disk that I hear him on.
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On the hunt for more music featuring Tomasz Stanko and the excellent Marcin Wasilewski, I discovered this one by Manu Katche and it's an absolute gem. Katche composed all the tracks here - and it's a combination of laid back but intelligent jazz with some more upbeat, funky/bop songs, held together by Manu Katche's rock and pop influenced drumming style. But it works a treat.

Stanko and Garbarek have rarely sounded more relaxed, playful and tuneful. It's a refreshing and joyful change from some of the bleaker soundscapes they've produced in their careers. They work perfectly together on several of the album titles. Wasilewski(piano) and Kurkiewicz (bass) are both on terrific form - conjuring up a variety of tones and moods on their instruments- they never fail to impress.

Neighbourhood has been a great find. It's uplifting, life-affirming music from a group of musicians who clearly enjoy what they're about. A real delight.
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By Andy on 29 Nov. 2006
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this is a really beautiful album, slow and measured, refined etc.

it's kind of like a 'kind of blue vol. 2', sith beautiful slow muted trumpet and sax lines over modal rhythm section slow grooves.

a really nice chilled listen
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