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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing set of soundscapes, 11 July 2011
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Dr.D.Treharne (Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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If you're looking for a hard blowing trumpet led set of recordings this isn't it. It does, however, present a series of carefully constructed themed soundscapes over which Mathias Eick places his excellent trumpet playing. As much credit ought to go to pianist Andreas Ulvo who provides an excellent counterpoint to Eick on all the tracks, and the rhythmn section of Audun Erlien on electric bass and Torsten Lofthus on drums. Elsewhere there are other significant contributions from excellent soloists. On "Day after" the interplay between Eick and Tore Brunborg on tenor sax is exemplary, and the harp playing of Sidsel Walstad on "June" adds a surreal ethereal quality to the cut. Although Eick's playing is restrained it always suits the themes that are developed in each of the tracks, and the jazz is very European in it's nature (this is not a criticism it's a statement of the fact that Eick draws in apparent influences from the Scandinavian and European classical music traditions). Actually it's quite difficult to write about, but it's an album that you ought to, and can, sit down and listen to, and glean something of what the album is trying to achieve. That I think that it achieves what I see as its aims presses me to recommend it wholeheartedly, and urge those wavering about purchase to take the plunge.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SO MUCH MORE THAN JAZZ, 29 April 2011
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With this,the second Mathias Eick album,a whole new vista of oppotunity has aopened up,like the first album 2008,s "The door"The Doorthis is full of well played melodic music,beautifully played.
The production is,of course ,wonderfully crisp and clear,but,but this is beyond Jazz,with influences from amongst others,Radiohead and to a lesser extent Joni Mithell.
The musicians are Mathias Eik.....Trumpet
Andreas Ulvo.....Piano
Auden Erlien.....Electric Bass
Torsttein Lofthus......Drums
Gard Nillsen......Drums
Morten Qvenild.....Keyboards
Tore Brundberg.....Tenor Saxaphone
Sidsel Walstad......Harp
All in all, a fine album
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