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Nils Petter Molvær: Baboon Moon

Read "Baboon Moon" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La fase di transizione iniziata dal trombettista norvegese nel precedente Hamada prosegue con questo nuovo lavoro, realizzato ancora con la formula del trio, ma con nuovi partner. Al posto di Eivind Aarset, che ha accompagnato Molvær per oltre dieci anni, e Audun Kleive, troviamo infatti il chitarrista Stian Westerhus e il batterista Erland Dahlen, altri due esponenti della fecondissima scena musicale contemporanea ...

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Nils Petter Molvaer: Baboon Moon

Read "Baboon Moon" reviewed by John Kelman

While Nils Petter Molvær's last release--the first after breaking up his band of ten years--demonstrated plenty of change for the Norwegian trumpeter, he still relied on two of that group's most significant players: live sampler Jan Bang and, most importantly, guitarist Eivind Aarset, who contributed to eight of its ten tracks. Still, Hamada (Sula, 2009) began ...

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Nils Petter Molvaer: Hamada

Read "Hamada" reviewed by Chris May

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, for many people trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær is synonymous with understated, electronica-drenched, ambient music. The perception gets stronger the further the Norwegian's name travels from its home turf, despite his record company's best efforts. In 2006, Sula Records released the fierce, high temperature An American Compilation, partly to increase Molvær's ...

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Nils Petter Molvaer: Hamada

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Disco di apparente continuità, ma di effettivo cambio di direzione rispetto al precedente Er, questo Hamada. A farsi notare da subito è la riduzione di ritmo, elettronica e dj; le sonorità sono assai più vicine alle musiche per film di Re-Vision ma con un filo narrativo più efficace e compiuto che finisce per conferire maggiore solidità e creatività ...

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Nils Petter Molvaer: Re-Vision

Read "Re-Vision" reviewed by John Kelman

The music of Norwegian trumpeter/Nu Jazz progenitor, Nils Petter Molvaer, has always been cinematic. Call it music for a non-existent movie or a film of the mind, Molvaer's albums, beginning with the groundbreaking Khmer (ECM, 1997), have always been about aural landscapes evocative of highly personal imagery and plenty of club-ready grooves. Even in performance, the ...

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Nils Petter Molvaer: er

Read "er" reviewed by John Kelman

With Khmer (ECM, 1997) Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer almost singlehandedly introduced a new movement in the electronica-based nu jazz arena that would come to be known as “future jazz." Blending a group approach to improvisation with contemporary sampling and programming technologies, Molvaer creates hypnotic ambient soundscapes with compelling rhythms. Music for the body? Unequivocally. But ...

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Nils Petter Molvaer: Remakes

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Another manifestation of Nils Petter Molvaer's groundbreaking np3 album--which only last autumn made up the bulk of the material for the Streamer live set--Remakes offers six original tracks in eleven new mixes made by mixologists ranging from bandmembers Rune Arnesen and Raymond Pellicier through established console stars like Bill Laswell and emergent ones like Matthew Herbert.

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Nils Petter Molvaer: Streamer: Live

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Trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, surely one of the founding fathers of the Norwegian nu jazz scene, continues to mine the depths of ambient texture with Streamer , a live album recorded in Norway and London in '02. Comprised mainly of material from NP3 (EmArcy, '02), with the exception of the title track from Solid Ether (ECM, ...