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3.19 | 7 ratings | 1 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tabula Rasa (2:22)
2. Axis of Ignorance (4:45)
3. Hurry Slowly (7:32)
4. Marrow (7:20)
5. Frozen (6:37)
6. Presence (5:43)
7. Simply So (6:51)
8. Little Indian (4:43)
9. Nebulizer (8:02)

Total Time: 53:55

Line-up / Musicians

- Nils Petter Molvær/ vocals, acoustic & electric trumpets, piccolo trumpet, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, percussion, loops, samples, electronics
- Pål "Strangefruit" Nyhaus / vocals, samples, programming
- Sidsel Endresen / vocals
- Eivind Aarset / guitar, electronics
- Audun Erlien / bass
- Rune Arnesen / drums
- Peer E. Ursfjord / additional drum programming
- Raymond C. Pellicer / loops, electronic drums, bass (bassline 1), additional drum programming

Releases information

CD EmArcy, Universal 017 795-2 (2002 UK & Europe)
2LP Universal Music 017 795-1 (2002 Norway)
CD Universal 4400177952 (2002 Canada)
CD Universal Music 018 920-2 (2002 Norway) (enhanced, limited edition)
CD EmArcy, Universal 017 795-2 (2006 Ukraine)

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NILS PETTER MOLVÆR NP3 ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (57%)
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Review by Kazuhiro
3 stars He was making remarks by the interview at time when this album was announced. "My music might be an urban contemporary if it dares to say. "「It is a flow from Jazz for Improvisation. And, the flow of Trance might be connected with ambient music. An electronic element is a part of techno. Anyway, it cannot stuff Jazz with all elements. 」

Man who left a high-quality work in ECM through competing of Gary Peacock and Elvin Jones might be a musician who has both the music character with wide width of oneself and flexibility. The acknowledgment level as ..excess.. Jazz musician might have gone up because it had the part where it had provided with the ability only of the answer corresponding enough to the intention and the of course color of ECM, too. The flow is a well-known fact.

He might be being acknowledged as a part that exists in the category of Jazz as a trumpeter by the listener. However, it is said that he listens to the music such as POP and Hard Rock when it is young, becomes accustomed, and was familiar. It is said that he devoted himself to music with Rock and electronic element without touching the album of Jazz that father owned. And, it is said that he expands the width of music further and it devoted himself to the music such as The Golden Palominos, Brian Eno, and Jon Hassell. In such a flow, his music character develops the original world not exactly installed on Jazz with an original direction.

Uniting the music character to which he devoted himself from the work to listen with ECM further has been introduced in this album. It might be exactly music of shape in the future that he creates. Sidsel Endresen has been appointed to Vocalist. And, TeeBee that took charge of Beat took charge of Re-Mix of "Solid Ether" that Nils Petter Molvaer had announced in 2000. The directionality of this album might have been decided to the part where the programming had been strengthened.

"Tubula Rasa" progresses with the element of quiet ambient music. It might be a flow that exactly gives the position to the directionality of this album. The anacatesthesia continues.

"Axis Of Ignorance" has the start that receives the flow from "Tubula Rasa" and continues. The narration twines and the sound of a mysterious trumpet is emphasized. The rhythm shifts from the scratch of the turntable to hit Beats. The narration will twine and an advanced rhythm have the element of hit Beats and abstract. The trumpet will have the role of the decoration. The music of shape will be exactly progressed in the future.

"Hurry Slowly" might give the impression of various music. The sound contains the element of techno and ambient music. An electronic part is continued. And, it progresses with hit Beats flow.

As for "Marrow", the programming of various music is given from the flow with the tension. The sound of a glossy trumpet to a steady rhythm twines. The element of abstract is included in the flow of a slow rhythm.

The sound of the trumpet with the anacatesthesia twines from the part of the sound with a metallic decoration round "Frozen". The rhythm might have complete hit Beat. The progress of Chord has an impressive part. A little loose flow exists as an impression though the sound of the trumpet that is reminiscent of the idea and Jon Hassell of the tune has succeeded, too.

The flow of ambient music twines from the sound of a grand trumpet round "Presence". The anacatesthesia continues. The element of the music of shape will gone out exactly in the future that he creates.

"Simply So" starts with a complete anacatesthesia. The impression of the solemnity might already exceeded the frame of Jazz. The sound of the trumpet in close relation to hit Beat that flows slowly advances attended with the sound in which the programming is variously done. The tune gives the rhythm the change and continues the anacatesthesia. The sound of the guitar is also impressive.

Hit Beats twines from the flow with heavy atmosphere round "Little Indian". The sound of the trumpet is a sound with gloss that doesn't do the mute. The element to which the progress of Chord that there is a tension in the rhythm that flows slowly is taken continues the flow of this album.

The tempo of fast hit Beats appears from the part of abstract in "Nebulizer". The element of various music is introduced and the sound of the trumpet plays the role of the decoration. The part where the frame of Jazz was greatly expanded is established as one music and expressed about the album as a whole. The rhythm chaotically gives the tension. The rhythm is excluded on the way and presents an ambient aspect.

The flow of original Jazz that he had them listen in the work of ECM that is develops further by this album. It might be proof where elements of a variety of music characters that Nils Petter Molvaer exactly cultivated were expressed by this album.

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