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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 18, 2011
  • Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Label: ECM
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 ECM Records GmbH under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH
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  • Total Length: 41:16
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  • ASIN: B004UCGLNE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,713 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on May 12, 2011
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Somehow I missed "The Door" and discovered Mathias Eick via "Skala." This CD has been in heavy rotation since, and its wistful yet energetic tone belies the subtle interplay throughout. Mr. Eick likely aggravates some purists by not using his trumpet as a strident bellows, choosing to round his notes and wrap his melodies up in neat lyrical packages.

The talented ensemble of performers share and translate his musical ideas articulately deserve individual praise as well, but I know little about any of them except to commend them for not being foils but for being coconspirators on this session. The sound is a bit fuller and richer than the typical ECM offering, and this lushness anchors the work in way the typical stark ECM coloring would not.

I like the modern and upbeat sensibility here, and this recording is a new favorite.
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This is a near perfect album. Eick is more sure footed than he has ever been. He even plays some vibes, electric guitar and double bass on this outing. Don't worry about the two drummers, or the keyboard, piano and harp in the rhythm section. The music is consistently coherent, swinging and sweet. Yes, there are several great swinging grooves- Skala, Edinburg, Oslo, Joni, Day After. There are fabulous moments throughout, such as, listening to the two drummers and harp on June. Tore Brunborg's tenor is sounding strong, but this is Eick's album and he plays with total commitment.
ECM deserves a triple crown for their three releases this week. Eick is also heard on Iro Haarla's Vespers (another 5 star listening experience) and Marcin Wasilewski's new trio effort is delightfully stronger than his January release of 2007.
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While this CD did not grab me like "The Door" did I found this it to be a great triumph for the huge talent of Mathias Eick. If you listen to this Cd thinking that it will be "The Door" 2 you will be left wondering. However if you open your ears to the different sensibility on display here you will be rewarded with some first rate music making. While it is true that "The Door" will be seen as a watershed release and it would be hard to top that in any case, Skala represents newer thinking utilizing a slightly different emotional pallet. The same compositional skill and high degree of musicianship is manifest by all on this outing. The production style is pure Manfred Eicher but this is Mr. Eicks show where everything is in service to his simple yet profound melodic style. Overdubs and production, which are usually spare on the ECM label, are handled with delicate care and never seem too much. Others reviewers in print media have not been so kind to this CD but I chalk that up to expectation. The details of those reviews were more about comparing this CD with "The Door" than for reviewing this as a stand alone piece of work. Once I listened and opened my ears to what was really accomplished by the extraordinary work done here I found a rewarding and quite often profound voice. This is solid work done by a truly great talent. My only hope is that it will not be so long until the next CD! Congratulations to all concerned and to Mathias Eick for enriching everyone's life with such superb music !!!
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