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2011’s Skala is the follow-up to Norwegian trumpeter and composer Mathias Eick’s fine ECM debut, The Door. It’s a logical extension of that album but the sound is bigger here; the use of a pair of drummers — Torstein Lofthus and Gard Nilssen — on several tracks is particularly striking. Eick’s compositions can have the succinctness, melodicism, and vibe of pop instrumentals. “Edinburgh” features Eick’s carefully etched horn line backed by Andreas Ulvo’s piano, Audun Erlien’s bass, and the swirl created by the two drummers. On “June,” Eick, Ulvo, and harpist Sidsel Walstad play a piece for trio, while “Oslo” moves from ambient to funk. (On the latter cut, the two drummers are split into left and right channels, adding a nice touch.) Morten Qvenild’s keyboards enrich the title track’s lush, melancholy sound, which serves as a backdrop for Tore Brunborg’s tenor saxophone. Brunborg returns for “Day After,” joining Eick to play an interesting horn chart over a steady beat. The energetic “Epilogue” finds Eick on trumpet, vibraphone, and bass, as he bids the listener adieu.

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This is a truly incredible album from an incredible group. What strikes me most about Eick's trumpet is that he's answered (for me at least) the question of what comes after Miles Davis. How do you not sound like Miles even a little, or worse, sound like you're not trying to sound like Miles? This album is even better than The Door. Can't wait for the follow-on to this because Eick and this group just keep getting better. Thank you ECM.


Born: February 26, 1979 in Norway

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Norwegian trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Mathias Eick is a thoughtful, ambient-leaning jazz musician. Born in 1979, Eick has performed with a variety of name players and is a member of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and the progressive jazz/electronic ensemble Jaga Jazzist. As a trumpeter, Eick is much in the tradition of such players as Kenny Wheeler, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, and Enrico Rava. Eick released his solo debut album, The Door, on ECM in 2008. That same year he was also...
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Skala, Mathias Eick
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  • $10.32
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock, Crossover Jazz
  • Released: Mar 18, 2011

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