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  • Audio CD (6 Feb. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Special Prices
  • ASIN: B000CCW13U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Hope Is the Thing With Feathers 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Faith, Trust and Pixiedust 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Have a Little Faith in Me 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Milo 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Home 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Count the Days 5:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Sleepy Pixie 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. When You Wish Upon a Star 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Solveig was recently featured in Observer Music Monthly as one of the ten things to watch in Jazz for 2006! On PIXIEDUST, her debut album on ACT, Solveig Slettahjell works on the principal of slowness to perfection with the “Slow Motion Quintet” – and could there be a more appropriate name for a band? In Norway, Solveig Slettahjell has for some time been considered one of their most celebrated jazz singers. After studying music at the Oslo Music Conservatoire she began her career in the early '90s, mixing country, jazz standards and Norwegian folk songs, with the odd song by Prince or Tom Waits thrown in. Over time Solveig’s ambitions have developed considerably. In the vocal ensemble vonDrei and Kvitretten she has developed her own experimental style. A sort of onomatopoetic technique, in which she breaks up syllables and words, squeezing, extending, shortening and working them harmonically so as to create an unmistakable soundscape. The principle of taking every song to the skeleton in slow tempi is her indispensable approach. Personnel: Solveig Slettahjell – vocals / Sjur Miljeteig - trumpet / Morten Qvenild - piano / Mats Eilertsen- bass / Per Oddvar Johansen – drums.

BBC Review

Pixiedust is the third album from singer Solveig Slettahjell and her Slow Motion Quintet who have been busy picking up plaudits all over their native Norway.

Solveig's 'slowly does it' approach aims to highlight the nuance, depth and delicacy within the music - tantric jazz if you like. The effect is a kind of folky, bleepy jazz with real warmth and a strong sense of individuality. Solveig's open, unfussy voice sits comfortably against the backdrop of the band. She resists the need for fireworks; the emphasis is on characterisation in her own, "just quirky enough" way. This is clearly a woman who knows her own mind - and it's very Scandinavian.

Led by pianist Morten Qvenild, the ensemble playing is subtle, confident and free in a predictably artsy, restrained way.There's a strong sense of distillation of ideas within this band,and that's what makes the musiccharming and frustrating in equal measure. Focussing the music through the principle of slowness has created an intense, compelling sound, beautifully performed. But no matter how tempting, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. --Freya Mitchell

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PP on 9 Feb. 2009
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Pixie dust is my fave Solveig album.The beguiling slow motion orchestra are superbly understated,sounding amazing on headphones ,aided by subtle electronics and Solveigs creamy smooth voice.The songs really do seem to have a sprinkling of the fairy magic,a very apt album title indeed.
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