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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B001GOW066
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Poverty And Its OppositeArve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Audun Kleive 5:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Before And AfterlifeArve Henriksen, David Sylvian, Jan Bang, Helge Sunde 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. MigrationArve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, Lars Danielsson, Erik Honoré 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. From BirthArve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Arnaud Mercier 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. OuijaArve Henriksen, Jan Bang 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Recording AngelArve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Trio Mediaeval, Vérène Andronikof, Vytas Sondeckis 6:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. AssemblyArve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Erik Honoré 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Loved OneArve Henriksen, Jan Bang 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Unremarkable ChildArve Henriksen, Jan Bang 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Famine's Ghost: Part One - Part TwoArve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Anna Maria Friman, Audun Kleive, Erik Honoré, Ståle Storløkken 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. ThermalArve Henriksen, David Sylvian, Jan Bang 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sorrow And Its OppositeArve Henriksen, Jan Bang 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

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First ECM leader date for the widely-admired Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, 'Cartography' explores a range of changing, beautiful landscapes with electronic wizards Jan Bang and Erik Honoré and guests such as singers Anna Maria Friman and David Sylvian (here reciting his own poetry). It's very "visual" music, like soundtracks for unmade films, emphasising melody and atmosphere.

'Cartography' is produced by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré, co-founders of Kristiansand's Punkt Festival, location for several of these recordings. The pair have collaborated for many years - they work as a duo also called Punkt and as a travelling remix unit. As shapers of soundscapes they are in search of a relaxed yet intense openness, a description that can be applied to the music here. Much of the music is freely created but its particular freedoms are applied to horizontal movement: Heniksen's trumpet glides over the changing terrain created by his associates. Amongst the many guests is singer David Sylvian, making his ECM debut reading two of his poems; Trio Mediaeval are sampled on the track "Recording Angel", and Anna Maria Friman sings on "Famine's Ghost".

Arve Henriksen - (trumpets, voice), with: Jan Bang - (samples), Erik Honoré - (synthesizer), Audun Klieve - (percussion), Eivind Aarset - (guitars), Anna Maria Friman - (voice), David Sylvian - (speaker) and others

BBC Review

If you're unfamiliar with the Norwegian trumpeter's solo work, you may have encountered him on one of the many projects he's contributed to including David Sylvian's Nine Horses, Supersilent, the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble or the first four Food records. His sound is unmistakable: breathy, impassioned and alternately earthy and ethereal.

Cartography is Arve Henriksen's fourth album and his first for ECM, parent label to Rune Grammofon which released Sakuteiki, Chiaroscuro and Strjon. As a result of the move, there's no Kim Hiorthoy cover design to gladden the heart, instead there's a rather dreary rain-streaked abstraction. The image is appropriate, though, as Cartography is Henriksen's darkest work to date.

Each album has to a greater or lesser extent been thematic and Cartography portrays a sense of uncertainty and loss engendered by contemporary life. It's an existential Scandinavian blues, if you will. Arve's trumpet is set like flashes of illumination in a gathering, overwhelming night. His immensely lyrical approach makes this all the more poignant and mines territory first explored on Chiaroscuro. Given the beauty of Arve's tone, it's a tribute to his artistry that Cartography at no point falls prey to the merely picturesque or sentimental.

Sampler Jan Bang and Erik Honoré provide production duties and guests include percussionist Audun Klieve, guitarist Eivind Aarset, Trio Mediaeval and singer Anna Maria Friman. David Sylvian also contributes two sonorously enunciated spoken word pieces which project semi-autobiographical themes that conjure dystopian near futures, like the film, The Children Of Men.

Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Don Cherry and Jon Hassell redefined the sound of the trumpet. It may be possible to see Henriksen joining this lineage, even as he pays a stylistic debt to Hassell. With Cartography, he continues to experiment while delving deeper into the wellsprings of feeling and native culture that have nourished him in his work to date. Cartography is a rich, moving work that rewards deep listening again and again. --Colin Buttimer

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kirkus on 25 Dec. 2008
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Arve Henrikensen seems to have the ability to make his trumpet sound like a lost voice in a wilderness in this wonderful set of recordings. The guest inclusion of David Sylvian (ex 'Japan' member) on two of the tracks is why I initially purchased it, as I love all his work, if you know any of Sylvians recent work then you will also like this, it has the same feel. This is not in my view, 'Modern experimental jazz' or any other fancy term someone may wish to give it, its soundscapes that you can dive into and relax, as well as someone trying to push musical boundaries further by experimenting with what their instrument can do.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Jones on 19 Nov. 2008
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Cartography By any definition, this is extraordinary music. Arve Henriksen has singlehandedly created a whole new sound and texture for the trumpet that no-one else even comes close to. This is emotional, compelling, contemplative music of a very special kind being created and played by a master - if he's this good now, it's scary how good he could be when he gets to be Jan Garbarek's age. The comparison with Garbarek is deliberate, in that Garbarek created a new tone and style for the tenor sax the way Henriksen is doing for the trumpet. There's elements of traditional folksong, hints of 'classical music', and dissenters will probably call it 'new age', but this is a truly seminal record. If you're still not sure, check out the final track 'Sorrow and it's opposite', a beautiful trumpet melody played over Jan Bang's samples - exquisite.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BigLankyGeordie on 28 Oct. 2008
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As I write, this CD isn't yet available in the UK. I bought a copy at the live show at Newcastle Sage Centre. By the way, the concert was breathtakingly good.

If you like your jazz tinged with atmospheric but gentle electronics then this is for you. There are (vague) similarities with Nik Bartsch. Obviously Arve's trumpet work dominates the CD but the electronic atmospherics complement it perfectly. It is the perfect mix of two very different forms.This is a CD I know I will be listening to millions of times long into the future, and already one of my favourite ECM releases.

And if you do get a chance to see Arve and Jan Bang ( his smiling, electronic whizzkid collaborator on this album) then go for it. Deeply powerful music and hugely entertaining. If tonights concert is anything to go by, I hope he produces a live CD of his music because I would love to listen to tonights concert a hundred times over.
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This record, the second made by ARVE Henriksen it seems a conceptual work when you listen it without pause.
The ambient textures made by Bang and Honoré are "superb".
It seems for me the continuation of the JON HASSELL`S trumpet school and with somethings new added, also in the composition manner.
As a Hassell fan i am happy to find the continuation with a personal new sound, as the ARVE sound¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
Buy it without doubt¡¡¡¡¡
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