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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars IN A CLA SS OF ITS OWN-MORE STUNNING SCANDINAVIAN MUSIC, 24 Feb. 2012
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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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