Manu Katché - Neighbourhood (2005)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Manu Katché
Title Neighbourhood
Length 55:19 Discs: 1 Tracks: 10
Format HQ 192+ kbps Packaging Jewel Case
Label ECM Cat. Number 1896
Style General Jazz Rating
Recorded 2005 
Musicians Credits
Tomasz Stańko trumpet
Jan Garbarek sax tenor
Marcin Wasilewski piano
Slawomir Kurkiewicz bass
Manu Katche drums
Producer Manfred Eicher
Track list
November 99 (Manu Katche) 06:04
Number One (Manu Katche) 06:15
Lullaby (Manu Katche) 06:18
Good Infuence (Manu Katche) 05:03
February Sun (Manu Katche) 04:52
No Rush (Manu Katche) 05:54
Lovely Walk (Manu Katche) 06:22
Take Off And Land (Manu Katche) 04:04
Miles Away (Manu Katche) 04:16
Rose (Manu Katche) 06:11
For the past 18 months, French television has been running its own version of Pop Idol, Nouvelle Star, which features a judge nicknamed 'The Professor'. 'People say that I am cruel but fair,' he told me recently. 'I am very honest-talking, but I think I know what I am talking about.'

That is the understatement of the year. The Professor is drummer Manu Katche, who has appeared on albums by, among others, Sting, Youssou N'Dour and Tori Amos. Naturally, drum freaks hold him in high regard.

No wonder: Neighbourhood will head my end-of-year list unless something truly amazing comes out between now and December. This is music that grows on you - the beautiful, sensual sounds of Tomasz Stanko's trumpet and Jan Garbarek's saxophone weave melodic shapes while Marcin Wasilewski's piano provides the perfect counterpoint with elegant musical inventions of his own.

The next time you have a dinner party and want to appear sophisticated and chic - the ultimate urban (wo)man about town - just play 'Miles Away', 'Number One' or 'Good Influence'.

September 18, 2005
The Observer