Mathias Eick -][- SKALA -(MP3)- [ECM Records, 2011]
Mathias Eick (born 1979) made his first appearance on ECM at the age of 23, playing on guitarist Jacob Young’s “Evening Falls” album. From the outset, critics responded very positively to Eick’s vaulting melodic improvisations, often drawing comparisons with Kenny Wheeler. Wheeler is amongst Eick’s trumpet influences, but he has also listened intently to Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Ruby Braff, Tomasz Stanko, Nils Petter Molvaer, Arve Henriksen, and many other distinctive players. “I wanted to create a tone that was a mix of all the sounds I loved”, Eick told writer Thomas Erdmann.
Mathias Eick’s other ECM credits include work with Finnish composer/pianist/harpist Iro Haarla (including the newly-released “Vespers” album). He can be heard, furthermore, with Manu Katché on “Playground”, and has toured widely with the drummer’s group. Outside ECM, he continues to play and record also with the popular ten-piece `nu jazz’ band Jaga Jazzist, also on tour in Spring 2011.
Mathias Eick has been the recipient of a number of major prizes, including the International Jazz Award For New Talent in 2007 and the Statoil Talent Award in 2009.
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