8 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The young Norwegian trumpet player Mathias Eick can say a lot with a little. You won’t hear many fast and flashy runs on The Door; what you get are long, often breathy brass tones that fill the room with drama and sentiment. This 2008 release is a low-key, highly detailed affair. The band — Eick, pianist Jon Balke, drummer Audun Kleive, and bassist Audun Erlien — create a crystalline group sound that fits in well with the classic ECM aesthetic. (Stian Carstensen contributes nuanced and unusual pedal steel guitar on “Cologne Blues,” “October,” and “December.”) Balke is a particularly striking instrumentalist and Kleive is continually inventive whether laying down a subtle pulse or crafting a cloud of exquisite cymbal hiss. “Cologne Blues” evokes the lyricism of 1950s Miles Davis and Beethoven’s piano music while “Williamsburg” brings to mind chamber music played with jazz looseness and hints of pop grandeur. Every track has plenty of space and each artist adds distinctive brushstrokes to these lovely sonic paintings. Eick has worked with Jaga Jazzist and a variety of other groups, but this is his first solo album: it’s an impressive one.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The young Norwegian trumpet player Mathias Eick can say a lot with a little. You won’t hear many fast and flashy runs on The Door; what you get are long, often breathy brass tones that fill the room with drama and sentiment. This 2008 release is a low-key, highly detailed affair. The band — Eick, pianist Jon Balke, drummer Audun Kleive, and bassist Audun Erlien — create a crystalline group sound that fits in well with the classic ECM aesthetic. (Stian Carstensen contributes nuanced and unusual pedal steel guitar on “Cologne Blues,” “October,” and “December.”) Balke is a particularly striking instrumentalist and Kleive is continually inventive whether laying down a subtle pulse or crafting a cloud of exquisite cymbal hiss. “Cologne Blues” evokes the lyricism of 1950s Miles Davis and Beethoven’s piano music while “Williamsburg” brings to mind chamber music played with jazz looseness and hints of pop grandeur. Every track has plenty of space and each artist adds distinctive brushstrokes to these lovely sonic paintings. Eick has worked with Jaga Jazzist and a variety of other groups, but this is his first solo album: it’s an impressive one.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

7 Ratings

Moody sweet and contemplative

Rumpole1955,

Muted horn dominates this lovely album, and a stately blues-key dominates the tone. Going to be a favorite for a rainy afternoon reading by the window or an after dinner romantic pause. I'm new to these performers but struck with their maturity and sensuous blend.

Great Jazz over here.

Imposeum,

This thing is full of sweet sounds. I hear colors ranging from electric blues to tangy pinks. I was lured in by Stavanger while listening to NPR. The melody and bright sunsets and sunrises are phenomenal. I was then told to reflect and relax in December. What a great gathering of colors and meanings. I love it!

About Mathias Eick

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 featured on guitarist Jacob Young's ECM release Sideways. In 2011, Eick returned to his solo work with the more contemporary pop-oriented Skala. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Norway
  • BORN
    Feb 26, 1979

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