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Manu Katché

France Jazz, Electronica

Other than in music nerd circles, not many people know that the same drummer played on both “Sledgehammer” and “Englishman in New York”. But Manu Katché is not only to be found performing on all the major Peter Gabriel albums and several Sting ones – his mind-boggling abilities on the drums also earned him respect in the jazz circles of one Jan Garbarek.

Katché, who grew up near Paris, has been increasingly making a mark as a solo artist over the last ten years. As a composer and bandleader, he impressed most recently with funk and Latin, but the new album The Scope takes things in an electronic direction. Laid-back electronic sounds meet jazzy pop. With his unique combination of power and elegance, and a new quartet at his side, Manu Katché delivers the perfect soundtrack for bopping at sunset under dockside cranes.

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