(Ronin-Rhythm)

Not a single note is wasted in “Ritual groove music”. The whole recording is impregnated with impulse control, a general sensation of everyone being law-abiding as far as putting that necessary touch or chord right then and there where it’s due. This laudable attitude elevates the pieces to a place where no one can say “Been there, done that” – because Bärtsch’s peeled structures and balanced progressions are contemporarily one of a kind and catchy. Kaspar Rast (drumming), Mats Eser (marimba and percussives) and Don Pfäffli (alto sax and bass clarinet) are all excellent painters on the same canvas prepared by the leader; I have to be prudent and not exaggerate with words, but deep in my heart I have the opinion this is going to be music that lasts.

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