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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rune Grammofon
  • ASIN: B00361HVAW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

It may only contain six tracks, but there’s no shortage of imagination on show throughout this second album from Norwegian show-stoppers Elephant9, favourites on the European jazz scene and purveyors of some of the most dazzling, dizzying instrumental music this side of a dance-world sub-genre yet to pass.

That said, this trio – Ståle Storløkken, Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen and Torstein Lofthus – might well be key players in whatever form any future dance designs may take, such is their delirious abandonment here, their delivery of propulsive percussion and thick organ guaranteed to set toes tapping. Truly, it’s a set that engages from the off and relents only briefly, during the opening minutes of the title-track, resulting in the sort of sensory onslaught usually reserved for the mightiest of metal acts, or the most affecting of post-rockers. Indeed, there are elements to Elephant9’s sound that echo the slow-shifting soundscapes of the post-rock elite; yet the package here is more vibrant of execution, a consistently high tempo demanding reaction where could-be peer groups would noodle their audience into a catatonic state.

Aviation initially meanders, befuddled by its own design and in search of a groove to lock into. But when it does, with Storløkken’s hefty Hammond applied in broad brush strokes atop Eilertsen’s tremendously twitchy bass, its grip on the listener locks on. And it remains tight ‘til, after eight breathless minutes, the piece collapses, rightfully exhausted, a spectral yawn guided by gently lolloping bass seeing matters out. Hardcore Orientale gets straight in there, stabs of inquisitive percussion seeking out their targets while Storløkken gets funky at his keys; and album closer John Tinnick, the sole composition from Eilertsen (the first five coming from the magical mind of the organist), finds drummer Lofthus excelling with dramatic cymbal splashes and nimble tom work certain to leave any audience amazed.

There’s only one reason to mark Walk the Nile down a touch, and it’s also one of its most appealing traits: the amazing pace maintained by the musicians. Though a delightful pummelling is great when the mood is right, a little more shade to the brilliant light displayed here would not have gone amiss. It sure isn’t a record to slip on when in the depths of the morning after a heavy night before. But this is barely a complaint, a moot point really, and takes nothing of importance away from some remarkable recordings. --Mike Diver

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Heath on 15 Mar. 2010
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Dispite having three Moonjune Records promos (especially a long awaited Mike Ratledge tribute) for long car journey of entertainment this weekend, I spent most time listening to Elephant9's 'Walk The Nile' quite a few times and with great pleasure; (downloadable as MP3s from Amazon, with the CD out at the end of the month). Their 2008 'Dodovoodoo' delightfully borrowed from and skated all over the early jazz rock scene. From the handful of critics who bothered to write, a list of a couple dozen early influences were to be found across the resulting reviews. 'Walk The Nile' seems more focussed. This is largely Hammond and or overdriven electric piano led, which with thrashing drumming results in what at first sounds like good old fashioned jazz rock but with something of the 21st century, that is difficult to nail. I tend to go along with Elephant9's label, Rune Grammofon's blurb wrt the citing and parallelling with the original Tony Williams Lifetime, although I would go further saying this recording has echoes of the Jack Bruce edition of the 'Turn It Over' period, especially with its dirty deep down thudding bass. But it is not a copy: the drumming here deliberately lacks the precision of the late Tony Williams creating some of the degrees of separation. And whilst the Lifetime thing is more obvious in the shorter high speed tunes, the long slower tracks suggest psychedelia, such as the title track.

An album of high energy music, (and in view of my initial hearing, certainly drive time music), which I need a little time before deciding if this is going to impact on me to the same extent as Elephant9's first - my favourite album of 2008. But it is the best I've heard of its type this year.
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By L. Hjorth on 23 May 2010
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Walk the Nile is jazz fusion with focus on the ever busy drummer and the various organs and synthesizers. But let's not forget the ever cool and deep bass that underlines the music. Most of the album is uptempo and a bit heavy, and I like that. It avoids to get monotone due to the last track "Walk the Nile" on side A and the second track "Habanera rocket" on side B. The two tracks are more slow and a bit dark in a really cool way. If you like Medeski Martin and Wood, Mahogany Frog and Billy Cobman's drum playing in Mahavishnu Orchestra, I'm sure you will dig the "Walk the Nile" album as well.
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By Soren on 17 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Brilliant Child of Miles Davis "Live Evil" A must for Electric Progressive Jazz Lovers in a true 1973 style! Walk the Nile is one of my favorite albums!
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Brilliant album.
I've been waiting for a band with a sound like this since Emerson Lake & Palmer disbanded.
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Excellent organ/synth trio 14 Sept. 2012
By captainamerica - Published on Amazon.com
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Outstanding trio with some great tunes. Haven't been this impressed with a organ/synth player since I first heard larry young, keith emerson, brian auger...This guy is an amazing talent and has great tones too. This album has some tunes that are rocking, funky, jazzy, grooving...If you like jazzier side then get their first album 'dodovoodoo' which has a couple of great joe zawinul covers. Can't go wrong with either though.
Sophomore release of Norwegian band 17 Mar. 2014
By Mark Mercer - Published on Amazon.com
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If you had a mash up of Brian Auger (Trinity), Kieth Emerson (The Nice), and Ginger Baker (Cream), you would come up with something similar to elephant9.

They have their own sound of course, but the pulsing base, relentless-driving drums and jazz-psych keyboards can be a bit overwhelming at times, amazing at others, and just down right interesting almost all the time.

If you are looking for a pop album, you have come to the wrong place. If you enjoy excellent craftsmanship and extended jams, then this album could be just for you.

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