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Strjon

Arve Henriksen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rune Grammofon
  • ASIN: B000N3AW1Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Evocation 1:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Black Mountain 5:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ascent 5:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Leaf And Rock 2:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ancient And Accepted Rite 1:440.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Twin Lake 2:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Green Water 5:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Alpine Pyramid 1:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wind And Bow 5:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Strjon 2:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Glacier Descent 7:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. In The Light 5:290.89  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Strjon is Arve Henriksen's third solo album. His 2001 debut, Sakuteiki, immediately marked the Norwegian trumpeter out as a remarkably individual soloist. Sakuteiki came after more than a decade of ensemble work for the likes of Supersilent, Vesslefrek, the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, Audun Kleive's Generator X, Food and many others. In all of these projects, Henriksen's playing is immediately recognisable for its combination of fierce emotion and breathy texture, the latter aspect clearly influenced by fourth world trumpeter Jon Hassell.

The impassioned and often haunting nature of Henriksen's playing has won him justified popularity. He has said that his primary interest is the expression of feeling, the trumpet just happened to be the instrument closest to hand. Strjon's opening track, ''Evocation'', is exemplary in this regard, consisting as it does of almost two minutes of richly textured melody channelled from the heart.

Much new Norwegian music has been characterised by its relationship to folk traditions and the natural world. Strjon is no exception. The title is the medieval name for a streaming river and it's but a phonetic hop and a skip to Stryn, the village where Henriksen grew up. Tracks such as ''Alpine Pyramid'', ''Twin Lake'', and ''Wind And Bow'' are rich with a sense of timeless ritual.

Etched throughout with a sense of vast natural forces, Strjon is balanced by an outspoken intimacy that is at times intensely moving. The title track and its successor, ''Glacier Descent'', are a case in point. The former consists of two minutes of subdued, reverberating roar after which waves of striated tones fuse with the yearning sound of a choir comprised of Henriksen's multi-tracked voice. It's as if snowy mountains and gossamer clouds were fusing before one's eyes into a single whole. As Henriksen's yell emerges from this wall of sound, it's impossible not to be swept along. Strjon is a gorgeous portrait of humanity's place within nature. As such it serves as a plea, perhaps even a blueprint for living in harmony with, rather than in opposition to, our environment. --Colin Buttimer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack To A Landscape 16 Oct 2009
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When I first bought this record I listened to it and kind of brushed it aside after a few listens, forgetting it. I've recently started playing it again as I remebered the sheer atmosphere and reverence this music conveys, if you can call it music that is... It sounds more like an actual landscape (indeed you can almost see Henriksen's home of Norway; all glaciers and fjords and mountains) bereft of all outside contact as if Henriksen were inviting the listener to view a panoramic but with their ears rather than their eyes. He seems to have recorded nature itself. It may take some listening to truly appreciate and the regular jazz fan may be a little bewildered, however if you allow the record to truly open up and really listen to what is there both on the surface and beneath it, the reward is phonomenal.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some More Great Norwegian Jazz 24 Mar 2008
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Henriksen is the extraordinary Norwegian trumpeter whose reinvention of the instrument bridges the worlds of didgeridoo and shakuhachi flute players, and with something like a Sketches of Spain-era Miles Davis feel to it even. This is Henriksen's third album, with Helge Sten on guitars and Stale Storlokken on keyboards, his partners in the innovative electro-improv group Supersilent. Much of the set sounds more like musical mirroring of changing weather conditions than jazz - the deep, abrasively distorted opening is like a ship's timbers flexing in a storm. Some of the music features a dreamily isolated Henriksen, some brings slowly flailing rock riffs in behind him, some is spooky, organ-churning Gothic crypt-music, some distantly but tantalisingly, jazzy. The two-minute title track simply sounds like a distant army on horseback, but there are moments in Glacier Descent and the tender In the Light that suggest that long-gone, lyrical, early Miles Davis sound. He's in a world of his own.
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I have to admit,i came to this album rather late,after buying the extraordinary"Cartography" i thought nothing could beat it,thos is nearly its equal.
This is not new age,it goes far beyond that,it is far more than ambient,every sound on this seems to be in its logical place,and there seems to be space to improvise as well.
The production is as clear as a fjord,and obviously great care has been taken over this production,this is my type of album.
The packaging is well up to standard as well,so all things considered,it is worth 5 stars.
ARVE HENRIKSON.....VOICE,KEYBOARDS AND ELECTRONICS
STALE STOLOKKEN.....KEYBOARDS
HELGE STEN.....GUITARS AND BOW

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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocatively glacial 9 April 2012
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It's a big space sound.
To best get it, you need to have been amongst the big mountains to have liked this. For me, it echoed the silence of the spaces once you have woken up, started an alpine climb at some early hour, and have rested after an hour or so to get some water. You stop listening to your heartbeat and ... this is what you hear.
Of course, you might like it some other way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars arve is very cool 10 Mar 2008
By J. Appleby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Strjon transports you to beautiful landscapes of desolation and wonderment. The meditative style of these great musicians and improvisers is demonstated magnificantly with care and sophistication. Some may interpret the overall relaxed mood of this music as new age, but the tenderness that flows out of these musicians highlights their maturity and patientce, rather than simplistic nothingness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Music 9 Feb 2008
By Scott Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Trying to describe or categorize this CD is a difficult task. The CD is like a soundtrack to some surrealistic existential movie. It is kind of a mix between jazz and electronica. Some important things to know before you purchase are there are typically only one or two musicians playing on any given track and there is no percussion. At first this bothered me. One of the things I like most about listening to jazz is hearing the interactions between different musicians. Typically there is some electronic keyboard, or guitar line that creates a background, which Arve solos over. After listening to it for what it is rather than what it is not it has really grown on me. Arve has more or less created a musical documentary of the landscape of his youth. The music is reflective, deep, and moving.
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