The Artistry of… Manu KatchéI think if you’ve laid down the grooves and held down the beat for the likes of Tracy Chapman, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Eurythmics, Youssou N’Dour, Jeff Beck, and so many other sophisticates of rock, pop, and the world’s music, you have a sensibility and artistry that inspires, energizes, empowers, and compliments. When your own music showcases this same masterful sensibility and the knack to blend in as an integral piece of the whole, you are the artist’s artist. Creative, your artistry shines in jazz and defies label-generated parameters. Manu Katché’s music and percussive lyricism is exciting, brave, playful, teasing, and infectious. He is all about being in the pocket in the making of the groove.
The Artistry of… is a weekly series that reflects on the passion and essence of an artist. It airs Wednesday evenings on Dinner Jazz with John Devenish.