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Nik Bärtsch|Awase

Awase

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin

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Once again, the spine, if not the heart of Awase isn’t Nik Bärtsch’s piano. Because whenever the Zurich musician gets his band Ronin going, he builds his music as well as his improvisations around Kaspar Rast’s XXL ability on the drums. As often with this self-proclaimed zen funk gang, the hypnotic power of rhythmic motifs gives a supreme unity to this jazz that sounds like no other. The term Awase comes from martial arts, meaning “moving together” in the sense of matching energies. A fitting metaphor for the dynamic precision, tessellated grooves and balletic minimalism of Bärtsch’s crew. Six years have passed since Ronin’s last release, a live recording in Europe and Japan between 2009 and 2011. In the meantime, the quintet has turned into a quartet and integrated a new bassist, Thomy Jordi. A completely new look for Ronin version 2018… A mutation that delivers a new form of freedom and flexibility in their approach to compositions. Their interactions and energy seem to compound! Once again it’s very hard to resist to the hypnotic power of the motifs they string together with superb fluidity over the 65 minutes of Awase. © Max Dembo/Qobuz

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00:05:08

Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, MainArtist - Sha, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nik Bärtsch, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kaspar Rast, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Baillard, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomy Jordi, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH

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00:18:19

Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, MainArtist - Sha, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nik Bärtsch, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kaspar Rast, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Baillard, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomy Jordi, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH

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00:08:23

Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, MainArtist - Sha, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nik Bärtsch, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kaspar Rast, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Baillard, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomy Jordi, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Stefan Haslebacher, Composer

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH

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00:13:37

Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, MainArtist - Sha, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nik Bärtsch, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kaspar Rast, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Baillard, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomy Jordi, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH

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Modul 34
00:08:51

Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, MainArtist - Sha, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nik Bärtsch, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kaspar Rast, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Baillard, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomy Jordi, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH

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Modul 59
00:11:01

Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, MainArtist - Sha, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nik Bärtsch, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kaspar Rast, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Baillard, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomy Jordi, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH

Album review

Once again, the spine, if not the heart of Awase isn’t Nik Bärtsch’s piano. Because whenever the Zurich musician gets his band Ronin going, he builds his music as well as his improvisations around Kaspar Rast’s XXL ability on the drums. As often with this self-proclaimed zen funk gang, the hypnotic power of rhythmic motifs gives a supreme unity to this jazz that sounds like no other. The term Awase comes from martial arts, meaning “moving together” in the sense of matching energies. A fitting metaphor for the dynamic precision, tessellated grooves and balletic minimalism of Bärtsch’s crew. Six years have passed since Ronin’s last release, a live recording in Europe and Japan between 2009 and 2011. In the meantime, the quintet has turned into a quartet and integrated a new bassist, Thomy Jordi. A completely new look for Ronin version 2018… A mutation that delivers a new form of freedom and flexibility in their approach to compositions. Their interactions and energy seem to compound! Once again it’s very hard to resist to the hypnotic power of the motifs they string together with superb fluidity over the 65 minutes of Awase. © Max Dembo/Qobuz

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