Cartography

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Trumpeter Arve Henriksen's brand of contemporary improvised music could easily be compared to ECM labelmates Jon Hassell and Nils Petter Molvær. Yet there are certain distinctions that separate the voodoo economic vistas of Hassell and the film noir style of Molvær from the spacious, more organic sound that Henriksen has created on this recording, as the title suggests. Using the slightest of note clusters or phrases, Henriksen also surrounds himself with a certain yin-yang concept, where 180-degree polar opposites congeal without clashing. The titles of these tracks suggests such a maelstrom and symmetry within ideas that in real life have nothing to do with each ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Trumpeter Arve Henriksen's brand of contemporary improvised music could easily be compared to ECM labelmates Jon Hassell and Nils Petter Molvær. Yet there are certain distinctions that separate the voodoo economic vistas of Hassell and the film noir style of Molvær from the spacious, more organic sound that Henriksen has created on this recording, as the title suggests. Using the slightest of note clusters or phrases, Henriksen also surrounds himself with a certain yin-yang concept, where 180-degree polar opposites congeal without clashing. The titles of these tracks suggests such a maelstrom and symmetry within ideas that in real life have nothing to do with each other. It is to the trumpeter's credit that he has the grand foresight to take these disparate themes into a music whose homogeneity and beauty are heard clearly without any foggy scenarios or cryptic meanings. Each track some were recorded in concert at the Punkt Festival in Kristiansand features a differently configured group of musicians, all with Henriksen in tandem with programmer Jan Bang, who also is a collaborator with Hassell see his 2009 ECM release Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes in the Street. "Poverty and Its Opposite" and "Sorrow and Its Opposite" bookend the CD with small loops, a serene framework, a somewhat nautical presence, and the trumpeter's spare inserts. David Sylvian recites poetry during the overdubbed, layered, space music-infused "Before and Afterlife" and the more romantic, sex in the morning-inspired "Thermal." More sensuality appears during "Migration" as legendary ECM bassist Lars Danielsson makes an appearance, bolstering the backdrop while Henriksen muses away à la Hassell. Where "From Birth" is wafting and "Ouija" is drifting, nothing is lost or dissipated as a flutelike sound is extracted from brass or steamy loops, respectively. There are two duets back to back from Henriksen and Bang, as Arabic samples and a dictaphone are employed during "Loved One," while a classical motif of echoed repose is employed on the somber "The Unremarkable Child." While mood shifts are slight and flow from track to track, they do mark a discernible development that is smartly programmed, as with most ECM efforts. Early-period vocal mavens will find the medieval fragments written by William Brooks in "Famine's Ghost" and the reverent, delicate samples borrowed from Trio Mediæval with live singing on "Recording Angel" to be quite captivating. Cartography is a wonderfully realized, musically mapped study of land, sea, and sky through the ears of a very literate, wise, and wide-eyed sonic landscaper who understands the beauty, subtleties, nooks, and crannies of both ancient and modern musical values.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 602517801165
  • Catalog Number: 001244402
  • Sales rank: 17,096

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Poverty and Its Opposite (5:35)
  2. 2 Before and Afterlife (6:43)
  3. 3 Migration (5:41)
  4. 4 From Birth (2:44)
  5. 5 Ouija (2:40)
  6. 6 Recording Angel (6:23)
  7. 7 Assembly (3:55)
  8. 8 Loved One (4:04)
  9. 9 The Unremarkable Child (2:04)
  10. 10 Famine's Ghost (4:28)
  11. 11 Thermal (2:27)
  12. 12 Sorrow and Its Opposite (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arve Henriksen Primary Artist, Trumpet
Lars Danielsson Double Bass
Eivind Aarset Guitar
David Sylvian Vocals, Sampling
Audun Kleive Percussion, Drums
Helge Sunde Strings
Erik Honore Synthesizer, Sampling
Trio Mediaeval Vocals, Sampling
Ståle Storløkken Synthesizer, Sampling
Jan Bang Sampling, keyboard bass
Jan Berg Sampling
Verene Adronikov Vocals
Arnaud Mercier Various, electronics
Anna Maria Friman Vocals
Technical Credits
Eivind Aarset Composer
Manfred Eicher Audio Production
David Sylvian Composer, Programming, Lyricist
Audun Kleive Composer, Programming, drum programming
Brooks Composer
Helge Sunde Arranger, Programming
Erik Honore Composer, Audio Production
Arve Henriksen Composer
Helge Sten Remastering
Ståle Storløkken Composer
Jeff Arntsen Composer
Jan Bang Arranger, Composer, Programming, Audio Production
Eyvind Skeie Composer
Vytautas Sondeckis Arranger
Sylvian Composer
Skeie Composer
Henriksen Composer
Arntsen Composer
Aarset Composer
Kleive Composer
Bang Composer
Honore Composer
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