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The French drummer Manu Katché was first exposed to a larger audience in the ‘80s, when he played with Peter Gabriel and Sting. He’s since gone on to collaborate with a wide variety of musicians, and has also established himself as a solo artist. Katché, who has roots in the Ivory Coast, draws from his classical training and African traditions to create a distinctive sound on his instrument. 2010’s Third Round is his third release for the ECM label, and he composed all eleven of its tracks. The core group — Katché, electric bassist Pino Palladino, pianist Jason Rebello, and saxophonist Tore Brunborg — performs the album’s highly refined version of light jazz with great skill. (Guitarist Jacob Young appears on four cuts and Kami Lyle lends trumpet to two tracks, and sings on “Stay With You.”) “Swing Piece” opens with lyrical piano and breathy tenor sax, before the rhythm section enters, providing a modern sense of swing. Katché’s drumming on “Keep On Trippin’” is superb, propelling the band in ever-inventive ways, but he never shows off. In fact, this excellent percussionist sits out the reflective closer, “Urban Shadow.”

Customer Reviews

Consistently Good

Mr. Katche consistently puts out good stuff

Utter disappointment

This trite smooth jazz is ligh years from Neighbourhood, his 2005 release. Such a disappointment. This is what happens when you release an album with nothing to say.

Warm-hearted and Mellow

My only complaint is that it's too short at about 45 minutes. This is a warm, sensitive, rich album I recommend easily. Tell the media that I've found my Songs of Summer.


Born: 1958 in St. Maure des Fosses, France

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Drummer Manu Katche blossomed as a contemporary jazz drummer and band leader, emerging in the mid-2000s after having played with his share of popular musicians. Born in Saint Maur Des Fossés, France on October 27, 1958, he studied classical piano at age seven in Paris, and at age 15 enrolled at the Conservatorie Nationale de Paris. He then became a session and concert drummer with a wide range of groups, but in the mid-'80s, Katche's stock rose considerably, thanks to his involvement with the touring...
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Third Round, Manu Katché
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jan 01, 2010

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