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Bartsch, Nik / Ronin / Holon
Album:Holon Collection:Jazz
Artist:Bartsch, Nik / Ronin Added:04/2008
Label:Ecm Records 

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Add Date:2008-04-06 Pull Date:2008-06-08 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2008-04-06 
NIK BÄRTSCH’S RONIN: Holon
ECM, 2008

Stunning, hypnotic sounds from the borderline between modern jazz and minimalism. The quintet is super-tight: each track is given space to develop slowly and quietly (the ECM sound is unmistakable), gradually pulling you in. Just wonderful, works with jazz/classical/new music.

All tracks amazing. Fo’s faves: 2, 4

1. 6:28 – gentle undulation, icy middle section with distant clarinet
2. 14:51 – quiet minimalist patterns evolve gradually; jazz rhythm kicks in after 5 minutes, then there’s a little more urgency & volume. Nicely busy by the 9-minute mark, great piano solo over the churning rhythm.
3. 8:00 – tiny eddies in a stream, kicks into funky gear, dense pattern near end
4. 7:16 – really pretty pattern, churns gently; turns more jazzy midway through
5. 9:41 – prominent electric bass; gradually morphs into a middle eastern wail
6. 9:23 – quiet bells, moody patterns; exotic & dreamlike, then busts out.

[ Fo ] 6-Apr-08


Track Listing
1.Modul 42 4.Modul 46
2.Modul 41_17 5.Modul 45
3.Modul 39_8 6.Modul 44