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listen  1. The DoorMathias Eick 7:52Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 19, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM Records
  • ASIN: B00158UU1K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Trumpeter Mathias Eick, in the first album released under his own name, focuses all the qualities that have made him a musician to be reckoned with in and around jazz of the last decade. The Door is distinguished by vaulting lyricism and clear-edged melodies, a strong sense of ambient space in the writing, and edge and excitement and openness to improvisation. The 28-year-old Norwegian cites Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Kenny Wheeler, Tomasz Stanko, Arve Henriksen and Nils Petter Molvaer as influences upon his stylistic evolution as a soloist. However it was his own, meanwhile characteristic, sound that prompted the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) to present him the International Jazz Award for New Talent in 2007. The prize included support for an international tour, allowing Eick and musicians to develop their repertoire. The Door was subsequently recorded in Oslo s Rainbow and Cabin Recorders studios in September 2007. Eick s spacious pieces allow plenty of free range for Jon Balke, whose resourcefulness as pianist, always taking the path less trodden, is in evidence throughout the album. Balke s playing, in a rare sideman role, is one of the pleasures of The Door. Orchestrator par excellence in presentations of his own music (particularly with Magnetic North), Balke the pianist is effectively an arranger-in-action here, continually opening up fresh perspectives inside Eick s robust ballads and mid-tempo pieces. Drummer Audun Kleive is another player with deep ECM roots. A former member of Terje Rypdal s Chasers and of Charles Lloyd s touring quartet, he has also had a long association with percussionist Marilyn Mazur. Here he in tandem with bassist Audun Erlien, (previously heard on ECM with Nils Petter Molvaer), developing and telescoping the grooves and pulses. Guest artist Stian Carstensen who appears on three tunes ( Cologne Blues , October and December ) was last heard on ECM playing accordion with Trygve Seim (Different Rivers) is here featured on pedal steel guitar, an instrument whose expressive potential is rarely glimpsed in jazz contexts.

About the Artist

Mathias Eick's resumé includes work with musicians of many styles, from Chick Corea and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra to Norwegian psychedelic rock band Motorpsycho. A primary project in the last ten years has been the jazz/progressive rock ten-piece band Jaga Jazzist: Eick's multi-instrumentalism has been an important part of that group's sound and on The Door he is also heard on vibraphone and guitar as well as trumpet, as he puts it, whatever needs to be played. Eick has appeared on two ECM recordings with Norwegian-American guitarist Jacob Young, Evening Falls and Sideways, and on Finnish harpist/pianist/composer Iro Haarla's Northbound. In 2007 he became a frontline soloist of Manu Katché's band, appearing on the best-selling Playground and touring extensively with the French/African drummer (more than seventy concerts scheduled in 2008. The Mathias Eick Quartet plays a launch concert for The Door in Stavanger (officially the cultural capital of Europe in 2008) on May 9. The group is also featured at Norwegian festivals this summer, with appearances at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival on July 5 and the Canal Street Festival in Arendal on July 25.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JWWESTIII on November 28, 2010
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I start by saying that I am not a musician, but I would like to think that I am a professional Listener, if that translates into anything other than I am acquainted with a plethora of different strands of music, and explore a wide range of musical expressions. As with many new discoveries on Amazon, I follow the list of "They also purchased this" , or whatever its called, to hear music that is consistent with a recent purchase. In the case of Mathias Eick, I read the reviews and decided to take a chance on purchase of the MP3 download. One thing I have found is that while reviews are helpful, they should not be the sole determinant of what is selected, as everyone's musical tastes, though similar, differ in some regard. Since I have purchased the complete lot of recordings by Tomas Stanko, Christian Scott, and Nik Bartsch, and those names were mentioned, I decided that there might be something to Mr. Eick's offering. And indeed, I was pleasantly surprised. And interestingly enough it was because the recording was a synthesis of Stanko, Scott, and Bartsch. I will agree with one of the postings that this recording will appeal to the casual jazz listener, but it is by no means lacking in substance, style or any other accoutrement. The music is lyrical, minimal, rhythmic, reflective, melodic, and in short a very interesting collection of songs. I enjoy the ECM offerings because they provide the best synthesis of European and American Jazz and provides a most unique sampling of the possibilities that can arise when cultural variances come into confluence. So if you are unsure, here is a positive vote to click that button. I daresay you will not be disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Cooper on January 22, 2009
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Mathias Eick's debut album is defined by Eick's minimalistic playing. The typical song takes a spare melody, piano reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, often a bass ostinato, and a gradual build until the trumpet is soaring and the drums are playing a steady beat. I think five songs work well -- "The Door", "Cologne Blues", "October", "Williamsburg", and "Fly", while the rest are just okay. Christian Scott's "Album" CD is similar, but there are differences. Mathias Eick is less bluesy, and the rhythms on "The Door" are more straight-forward. If some minimal, melodic, Radiohead-influenced jazz trumpet sounds good, pick this up. It will probably also appeal to people who aren't totally jazz fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on August 17, 2011
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I may be among the few who prefer, albeit only slightly, "Skala" to "The Door," though on both trumpeter Mathias Eick shows he is a capable performer and composer. I thought pianist Jon Balke to be the catalyst throughout this album, as he pushes and stretches the songs, opening and creating space for Mr. Eick and the rest of the ensemble to work in.

Most of the songs strike me as hard-edged and well-defined, but dissolving into, for me, a bit of unpleasant dissonance during Stavanger and to a lesser extent during Fly and sounding a bit too pedestrian and unengaging on Porvoo and December.

But the angular, energetic title track and the other intriguing songs, Cologne Blues, October, and Williamsburg, work well as focused exercises in restraint and clarity and energy. Mr. Eick and his accompanists here seem to be enjoying themselves, and this album has a place on the shelves of folks who likewise enjoy the interesting European jazz that continues coming out of Scandinavia.

(I think the three other reviews here predating mine---just now read them---thoroughly sum up this recording but now that I've written this review, I figured I would post it regardless.)
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aggressive Arms on May 17, 2009
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Mr. Cooper, the reviewer above, has it right. This is a good but not great ECM release. If you're fan of trumpet post-Miles Davis, Tomasz Stanko is better: more sensitive rhythmically and more interesting melodically. If you're looking for more pulse-driven contemporary European jazz, Nik Bartsch's Ronin is better. This record is decent, though, I don't want to knock it; only a couple of the tracks will fail to hold your attention.
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