Nik Bärtsch's Ronin

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TON 004 0 Randori — Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Randori (Album) Tonus-Music-Records TON 004 0 Switzerland 2002 Sell This Version
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TON 009 Live — Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Live (Album) Tonus-Music-Records TON 009 Switzerland 2003 Sell This Version
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TON 015 Rea — Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Rea (Album) Tonus-Music-Records TON 015 Switzerland 2004 Sell This Version
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ECM 1939, 987 3631 Stoa — Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Stoa (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1939, 987 3631 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
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ECM 2049, B0010526-02 Holon — Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Holon (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 2049, B0010526-02 US 2008 Sell This Version
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ECM 2178, 274 2820 Llyrìa — Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Llyrìa (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 2178, 274 2820 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
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ECM 2302/03, 371 4093 Live — Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Live (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 2302/03, 371 4093 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
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ECM 2603, B0028299-02 Awase — Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Awase (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 2603, B0028299-02 US 2018 Sell This Version

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Expansive09

Expansive09

October 11, 2020
Trance jazz? Progressive jazz? Future jazz? Whatever Nik and his crew of talented musicians conjure it IS progressive and when jazz was pushing the envelope this might have been inducted into the genre's periphery.
This ensembles music isn't jazz in the common traditional, be-bop, big band, fusion styles but rather its own mold channeling minimalism I can hear a Terry Riley/Reich influence, eastern modalities, European classic music contours and incredibly intricate rhythmic arrangements that would mesmerize a die hard prog fan.
Although the music on the two album I own Stoa and Holon would not be accessible to anyone into Spyro Gyra the music is indeed not only fresh sounding but primarily acoustic based if you leave the electric bass and Rhodes out of the equation. Its funky in a mathematically rhythmic sort of way and intensely dynamic with soft single plucked notes on a bass or piano to a multi frantic interlocking tetris like mayhem. What this music is not is avant-garde(and it would be criminally wrong to call it that) theres always structure and groove injected in the compositions and thats what makes it such a great listen.

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