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Neighbourhood

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The album features an impressive European all-star band formed for the occasion, featuring Jan Garbarek, Tomasz Stanko, and young lions Wasilewski and Kurkiewicz, steered by Katche's casually authoritative drums.

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  • Audio CD (February 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000A32KJQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jazzcat on December 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This cd is highly enjoyable. It's not a usual ECM record I can say. It's a little bit easier harmonically in a sense, but meantime it's still of very high artistic value. It is a very balanced recording. It's at the same time deep and fresh music. You can listen to it accurately or you can loop it in the background and be really happy with it. Stanko and Garbarek form a very interesting horn duo. Katché is a light drummer, his playing is modern, very sensitive and accurate. He has a really nice touch on the drum set. As I keep listening to this album again and again I still find it quite different from the common ECM catalogue (I mean the chamber music they often publish). It is light and intriguing, a little more bouncing, rhytmic music. Of course it depends from the fact that it has a drummer as the leader, I don't know. Anyway it is a very nice record for the connossoir but for the novice too. I mean that I feel to suggest it even to those unfamiliar with Jazz because it's a very easy listening in my opinion. So if you jazz novices want to buy a nice jazz cd to appear sophisticated when friends come to visit you this could be the one. Stanko does some exceptional trumpet playing over some quite urban, sophisticated, light tunes. I appreciated Katcheé's playing very much and Wasilewski piano playing too. The ensembe is very unique, coherent and they complement each other perfectly.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A.J.H. Woodcount on February 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Very listenable jazz. Beautifull piano of Marcin Wasilewski!! Great combination of Stanko on trumpet and Garbarek on tenor saxophone, blending very good. Easy drumming by Manu Katche, never getting in the way of the music. The rhythm-duo (Slawomir Kurkiewicz on bass) does what it must do: create the base of the songs, but with a great sense of timing and subtlety. The sound of the album depents very much on the sound of Wasilewski's piano. The second song sounds a little like EST, but it doesn't get the same intensity of some EST-material. But that's no problem here.
Full and warm recording, with enough aspects for both the romantic and the cool intelectual.
(Further more I recomend the good review of Jazzcat.)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MichiganSooner on April 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am a Tomasz Stanko fan. I tried this CD on a whim since Tomasz was playing on it. I absolutley love it. A very beautiful CD that is very pleasing to my ear. Wonderful, slow, rhythmic melodies. One of my all time favorite Jazz CD's and I have ~ 1500 of them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JazzMann on June 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Neighbourhood" by Manu Katche, with Jan Garbareck, Tomasz Stanko, Marcin Wasilewski and Slawomir Kurkiewicz - 2005, ECM Label.

Drummer, Manu Katche, has been making a name for himself as one of the world's better drummers. That may be a matter of opinion but I confess I do like him pretty much. I would describe his style as `soft-spoken'. I first heard the cut "February Sun" from this CD on Cable Radio before I ordered it. I love the Scandinavian Jazz genre from the ECM label so when I saw the incredible artists accompanying Katche, ordering this CD was a no-brainer for me.

This CD is a bit of a departure from the typical ECM album. This is an easy album to listen to, maybe a little too easy for some. The music is quiet, moody, melodic and perhaps not-very-challenging for some of you. When my wife first heard a few cuts, she said "that's nice music". She hates avant guard jazz so that should give you an idea just how smooth this CD is.

Some negative reviewers complained that this CD was nothing more than smooth jazz but that misses the mark. There's more here than just smooth jazz. Jan Garbareck, Tomasz Stanko and Marcin Wasilewski on piano keep it interesting enough. Manu Katche's drumming is quite good and he manages to stay out of the way of the other musicians. I like bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz playing on this CD as well. The group as a whole reminds me a bit of the Swedish group E.S.T.

If you can imagine, Jan Garbareck, and Tomasz Stanko, playing with E.S.T. then you can imagine what the group sounds like. Those two horn players do some really nice work together and are worth the price of the CD alone.

My modest system (hybrid tube-integrated and MMG speakers) gives a very nice sweet presentation of this type of music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wyzard on June 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Think of the great ECM albums: Belonging, The Koln Concert, Witchi-Tai-To, Yellow Fields, Crystal Silence, et al. Manu Katche's Neighbourhood belongs right up there with them. This may come as a surprise, especially after the years 1985-2000 were such a lackluster period for the label. During their peak period (1973-83), ECM would release 12-15 essential albums a year. This figure dropped off to 2-3 a year, if even that. Starting about 2004, the label has made an amazing comeback, and Neighbourhood is right at the forefront - it really is that good.

While other reviewers have complained this album is not over-the-top intense enough, it does have its moments where everyone contributes and the tempos (tempi?) do quicken. But no, it's not an in-your-face performance. With ECM, it's usually safe to think late-night/winter afternoon chamber jazz, and those labels effectively describe this music. Clocking in at a modest 55:07, the album does not overstay its welcome (sometimes a problem with ECM recordings).

Interestingly, trumpeter Tomasz Stanko is billed first, and he almost steals the whole album. He adds dissonances to songs such as "Lullaby" and "Lovely Walk", a "Milestones"-ish riff to "Take off and land", and a mournful line to the haunted impressionism of "February Sun" (a perfect ECM title). But the duets with Jan Garbarek are what really stand out, particularly on "Good Influence". Garbarek and his distinctive sound only appear on 5 tracks, but they are all among the album's best. It's easy to take the excellent work of pianist Marcin Wasilewski for granted: this is the perfect medium for his work.
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