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on 1 March 2010
Along with Jan Garbarek, Tomasz Stanko and, of course, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Nils Molvaer has been playing Eurojazz trumpet (aka Nordic, Fjordic and Sacndo Jazz) for many years. This is one of his most mature, subtle and haunting albums to date - at least on a par with Khmer, if not better. At last I understand the "Professional" reviewers who talk about "the spaces inbetween" notes. It is so atmospheric that even if you're trying to read while listening - a specific playlist on my ipod - you stop and replay a track because some tonal echo just keeps bouncing around until you do. The nearest sound like it is possibly Tord Gustavvson's new quartet album or Andy Shepard's Moving Images. It bears repeated listenings to fully appreciate its nuances, but each time I think I'm listening to something new. If you like this, try mindblowing new french trio Bleu. Hamada is a great investment.
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on 2 October 2015
Good NPM, but not his best (Khmer and Solid Ether are a few points above, in my opinion). Sometimes, in the audition of the piece, the music is a bit "introspective" and just "flows" at cruise velocity, lacking the (visceral) energy that shines, for instance, in Khmer.
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on 13 February 2011
Admittedly, it doesn't usually take much time for most albums within the loose category of Nordic/Euro-jazz to resonate with me. As has been mentioned, if anyone likes, for instance, Jan Garbarek and Tord Gustavsen then my guess is that the same would apply to this album. My only downside thoughts on this otherwise excellent recording is the track aptly named "Friction"; it's too rock orientated and electronics sounding for me - hence the four star rating. The rest of the album needs no such perseverance and short-time toleration in just letting ones mind travel to spacious Norwegian landscapes and Nils' trumpet acting as a guide.
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on 25 July 2015
This is the first NPM disc that I have heard but it has persuaded me to check out his other releases.
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on 23 May 2010
There must be something in the water in Scandinavia,for the conglomoration of Norway,Sweden and Finland has in the past created some astonishing music.
Never afraid to experiment,Molvaer creates vast electronic soundscapes which vere from the ambient to heavy guitar rock,Molvaer continues the journey that first started with "Kmer"all those years ago.
This is not easy listening,but persevere and you will be rewarded,with a masterclass of how the trumpet should be played.
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on 23 March 2015
everything OK - fast shipment !!
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