Dominic Miller - Absinthe | ECM 6788468

Dominic Miller - Absinthe


In stock - available for despatch within 1 working day

Label: ECM

Cat No: 6788468

Barcode: 0602567884682

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 1st March 2019



Dominic Miller (guitar)
Santiago Arias (bandoneon)
Mike Lindup (keyboards)
Nicolas Fiszman (bass)
Manu Katche (drums)


Miller, Dominic



Dominic Miller (guitar)
Santiago Arias (bandoneon)
Mike Lindup (keyboards)
Nicolas Fiszman (bass)
Manu Katche (drums)


With Absinthe, his second release for ECM, guitarist Dominic Miller has created an album coloured by a distinct atmosphere. “The first thing that came to me before I wrote any tunes was the title,” he says. “Living in the South of France, I am fascinated by Impressionism. Sharp light and witchy mistrals, combined with strong alcohol and intense hangovers must have driven some of these artists toward insanity. Skies that are green, faces blue, perspective distorted.”

While Miller’s ECM debut, Silent Light, emphasized intimacy in solo and duo settings, Absinthe finds the guitarist fronting a quintet that brings his ever-lyrical compositions to textured life. Miller, switching between nylon- and steel-string acoustic guitars, has a key harmonic-melodic foil in the bandoneon of Santiago Arias.

The vivid presence at the drum kit is Manu Katche, an ECM veteran and for years a colleague with Miller in the band of Sting (whom the guitarist has accompanied now for three decades). Mike Lindup’s keyboard tones add a ghostly air to such highlights as the title track, while bassist Nicholas Fiszman roots the sound.

As for Miller, JazzTimes described him as a guitarist who “milks every note, thriving on the pauses between them and whispery effects of fingers sliding across strings,” while Stereophile agreed, declaring that “his ability to express emotion through a guitar is amazing to hear.”

1. Absinthe
2. Mixed Blessing
3. Verveine
4. La Petite Reine
5. Christiania
6. Étude
7. Bicycle
8. Ombu
9. Ténèbres
10. Saint Vincent

Error on this page? Let us know here

Need more information on this product? Click here