Skala (Mathias Eick album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 18, 2011 (2011-03-18)
RecordedDecember, 2009 — January, 2010
StudioCabin Recorders, Bugges Room, and Pooka Studio, Oslo
ECM 2187
ProducerMathias Eick, Manfred Eicher
Mathias Eick chronology
The Door
Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[1]
The Guardian[2]
The Irish Times[3]

Skala is the second studio album by Norwegian jazz trumpeter Mathias Eick, recorded in December 2009 and January 2010 and released on ECM in March 2011.[5][6][7]


Brent Burton of JazzTimes stated "Is Skala a jazz record? The guy who made it, Mathias Eick, is certainly a jazz musician. The Norwegian trumpeter, age 31, improvises all over Vespers, the glacially paced new album from the Iro Haarla Quintet. But on Skala, his second (and most scripted) album as a leader, Eick largely sticks to melodies and motifs. His devotion to composition, coupled with drummer Gard Nilssen’s tendency to play in bouncy 4/4, means that, at times, Skala behaves less like modern jazz than it does horn-laden pop."[8]

John Kelman of All About Jazz wrote "In the context of his own work, he continues to favor substance over style, and while the music of Skala is even more structured than that on The Door, when Eick does solo, it's with an economical precision that weaves through grooves and changes with equal aplomb."[1]

Ray Comiskey of The Irish Times added "Eick is a beautiful, imaginative musician with a very Scandinavian sense of transience informing his melodic charm... But there’s not much blood in Skala, despite the sweat."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Mathias Eick

7."Day After"4:52
Total length:41:41



  1. ^ a b Kelman, John (April 22, 2011). "Mathias Eick: Skala". All About Jazz. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  2. ^ Fordham, John (24 March 2011). "Mathias Eick: Skala – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Comiskey, Ray (June 10, 2011). "Mathias Eick". The Irish Times. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  4. ^ Roberts, Daniel Nils (19 April 2011). "Mathias Eick: Skala". PopMatters. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  5. ^ Grillo, Tyran (9 November 2013). "Mathias Eick: Skala (ECM 2187)". between sound and space: ECM Records and Beyond. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Skala - Mathias Eick | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Mathias Eick - Skala". Discogs. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  8. ^ Burton, Brent (23 May 2011). "Mathias Eick: Skala". JazzTimes. Retrieved 19 April 2019.