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4.0 out of 5 stars THE MOONS A BABOON,
This review is from: Baboon Moon (Audio CD)In the latest copy of a particular jazz magazine NPM says that he was very influenced by british heavy blues rock in the sixties,the blues does not get a look in here,but the experimentation certainly does,the Miles davis inflections on definately prevalant here,the first track"Mercury Heart"sounds like Manfred Manns chapter three,circa 1969 with "Travelling Lady" which is no bad thing,great playing on this,which seques into "A small realm"with its nordic sounding vibe and great organ playing,"Recoil"is more upbeat with its thumping drums and guitar playing,this perhaps shows those rock routes coming through"Bloodline" follows next,and this is once again a different more reflective ,side of the band with beautifully restrained playig by NPM,a very ghostly sound indeed,with great electronics,"Sleep with echoes " follows,again the ambience is the thing that strikes you until the strident heavy mob move in,almost Zeppelin like,this is followed by"Blue fandango"again taken at funerial pace with what sounds like a theramin in the background,"Prince of calm" follows on next which is a perfect title for the piece,more atmospherics consume the sound,and create a whirlpool of tranquility,a beautiful track,that transcends all before it,"Coded" is next which is purely electronic and sounds at first like Sigur ros,The title track is the last to be played"Baboon Moon" is wwell up to standard.
This album has been severely delayed,very much to its disadvantage,due to the extortionate price that i was reticent about buying it,now on general release it is much cheaper,the very same thing happened to NPMs last album "Hamman" which i believe damaged his reputation,why should record companies be allowed to get away with treating the fans,who after all buy the records so disrespectfully?
RELEASED(FINALLY) IN 2012
NILS PETTER MOLVAER.....ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC TRUMPET,VOICES,LOOPS,BASS SYNTHESIZER
SIAN WESTERHUS.....ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC GUITARS,BARITONE GUITAR,ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZER,HAND PERCUSSION,FAKEZITHER,STUDER A80,OTARI MX5050B,HARMONIUM,ROLAND 201,HIWATT TAPE ECHO,VOCALS,PREPARED UPRIGHT PIANO,BEATEN PIANO FRANE,AND TO MANY PEDALS!!!
ERLAND DAHLEN.....DRUMS,LOG DRUMS,STEEL DRUM,METAL PERCUSSION,OMNICHORD SINGING SAW,VOCALS,HARMONIUM,BELLS,CANDY BOX SHAKER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monkey love,
This review is from: Baboon Moon (Audio CD)After hearing Nils' last album 'Hamada' a few times and loving it, I couldn't really see how he could top it. And when I saw that, for NPM's latest album, Eivind Aarset had been replaced by Stian Westerhus on guitar, my heart sank. Not that I don't appreciate Stian's playing. I've seen him play with Nils before as well as a solo gig and the bloke is brilliant, but Nils and Eivind have worked so well together on previous albums and I'm such a fan of Aarset's music that the phrase 'Hitchcock without Herrmann' sprang to mind.
How wrong I was!
This is quite brilliant. Molvaer has always been great at alternating sparse with dense but the dense has never sounded better than it does here, thanks in the main to Westerhus's guitar. The sounds that he creates are amazing but with a harder edge than Eivind's style and some of the heavy grooves that the band fall into are fabulous, driven along by Erland Dahlen's superb drum work.
Scandanavian musicians seem to be the ones creating the most innovative music at the moment and Nils Petter Molvaer shows with this album that he's out there as one of the frontrunners. Long may he continue!
5.0 out of 5 stars review,
This review is from: Baboon Moon (Audio CD)hate the fact i can't load this onto computer and mp3 player.
really like this, reminds me slightly of don cherry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good music,
This review is from: Baboon Moon (Audio CD)I like the music of Norvegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer. I know this musician for many years and I am interested in his works.
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