Mathias Eick: The Door
Mathias Eick (trumpet, guitar, vibes)
The Door (ECM 2059)
Mathias Eick (trumpet, guitar, vibes),
Jon Balke (piano, Fender Rhodes), Audun Erlien (electric bass, guitar), Audun Klieve (drums, percussion).
Composed by Mathias Eick.
Recorded: September 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The first minute or so of "The Door" finds Mathias Eick's band implying, then shaping, the composition's structure. Just as it fully crystallizes, thanks to Jon Balke's staccato piano echoes and Auden Erlien's melodic outlines, Eick steps in with his trumpet to complete the thoughts set up before him. With a sparseness and economy of presentation, Eick's music draws a fine line across the decades, connecting musics as disparate as Eberhard Weber and Miles Davis. The key idea, playing just the right notes, is held in stark relief as the tempo picks up and Balke supports Eick with a series of exhilarating chromatic runs. When that last trumpet note fades, you'll find yourself thinking that this was the quickest eight minutes you've ever experienced.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski