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Nik Bärtsch´s Ronin

Nik Bärtsch piano
Sha alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Björn Meyer bass
Thomy Jordi bass (on Modul 55)
Kaspar Rast drums
Andi Pupato percussion
CD 1
Modul 41_17 (Lörrach)
Modul 35 (Leipzig)
Modul 42 (Wien)
Modul 17 (Tokyo)
Modul 22 (Amsterdam)

CD 2
Modul 45 (Mannheim)
Modul 48 (Gateshead)
Modul 47 (Mannheim)
Modul 55 (Salzau)

Recorded between 2009 and 2011

ECM 2302_03

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Ronin around the world: a powerful and atmospheric concert recording with music captured in Germany, Austria, Holland, England, and Japan, a double-album which transmits the live impact of Nik Bärtsch’s band and its enveloping modular groove music of interlocking rhythms. It’s also a set that marks the end of an era and the transition into a new one. These are the last recordings of Ronin with Björn Meyer’s elegantly-leaping bass guitar as one of the lead voices, and Bärtsch views the album as partly a tribute to Meyer’s long tenure with the band. New bassist Thomy Jordi, meanwhile, makes an impressive entrance on “Modul 55”, but it’s most often the whole band, as a unified field of force, that commands the listener’s attention.