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Manu Katché: Manu Katché

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Few attitudes speak to a person’s intelligence more clearly than his or her awareness of their own limitations. Even a cursory listen to French-African drummer and composer Manu Katché’s work-be it his three previous albums as a leader or, say, his playing with Peter Gabriel-suggests a smart approach to sound and music making. A quote in his publicity material confirms it: “If you write all your own music, you’re aware of your limitations,” he says. “It helps to have a changing cast of musicians, because they naturally bring in things you wouldn’t have expected. It’s really been the idea since the first album [2005’s Neighbourhood] to keep on changing the band.”

And so, for this self-titled release, Katché called on Nils Petter Molvær, trumpet and loops; Tore Brunborg, tenor and soprano saxophones (the one remaining member from the previous recording); and Jim Watson, Hammond B3 and piano.

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