2019 Highlight: Ätsch, Live at Arthur's, matthiaswinklermusic.com

A Dublin-based quartet formed by German guitarist Matthias Winkler three years ago at a time when he was studying music in Ireland. In a John Abercrombie-like space, the best Irish...

Published: 2 Dec 2019. Updated: 11 days.

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A Dublin-based quartet formed by German guitarist Matthias Winkler three years ago at a time when he was studying music in Ireland. In a John Abercrombie-like space, the best Irish jazz release in 2019 easily: with Winkler are pianist Graham Bourke, bass guitarist Eoin O’Halloran, and drummer Hugh Denman. Ätsch have their own thing going on that draws on a number of different areas way beyond most jazz however they also circle on the centrality of certain mainstream styles that neither the words “modern” nor “progressive” tacked on as a prefix do justice to. The intertwining nature of these border crossing explorations is what makes these fellas sound fresh. The tunes breathe big, clean air.

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