Mathias Eick – Ravensburg

Album Review | ECM | Review by Liam Wilkinson | Stars: 5/5

Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick returns for his fourth outing on ECM with an arresting collection of originals, each owing their genesis to family, friends, childhood, love and a sense of home. Eick’s deeply thoughtful playing has all the brooding intensity of Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko but his incisive lines seem to flow unashamedly towards equally euphoric and melodic estuaries. As well as drummers Torstein Lofthus and Helge Andreas Norbakken, bass player Audun Erlien and pianist Andreas Ulvo, Ravensburg benefits from the chilling bow of violinist Håkon Aase whose interactions with Eick are simply astounding. It’s doubtful that any other jazz album could more successfully capture the capricious emotions of homesickness, melancholic memory and bitter sweetness of time’s passage. A treasure.