Khmer

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All Music Guide - Christian Genzel
Khmer is surely the most unusual album ever released by ECM -- unusual because the label, which is best known for elevated chamber jazz, presents the solo debut of trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer as a production that plays with modern electronica methods while not eschewing the well-known ECM aesthetic. Molvaer's music is somewhere between scary and majestic, and changes between ominous ambient sounds and hard breakbeats, along which atonal screeching guitars combined with melancholic melodies, create a fascinating mélange. Above all this thrones Molvaer's trumpet: lyrical, hectic, calm and sad, trembling and screaming. Molvaer is one of the most progressive and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Christian Genzel
Khmer is surely the most unusual album ever released by ECM -- unusual because the label, which is best known for elevated chamber jazz, presents the solo debut of trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer as a production that plays with modern electronica methods while not eschewing the well-known ECM aesthetic. Molvaer's music is somewhere between scary and majestic, and changes between ominous ambient sounds and hard breakbeats, along which atonal screeching guitars combined with melancholic melodies, create a fascinating mélange. Above all this thrones Molvaer's trumpet: lyrical, hectic, calm and sad, trembling and screaming. Molvaer is one of the most progressive and intelligent voices in jazz today, and with Khmer he's recorded one of the best jazz albums of the '90s. Two CD singles were released in addition to this album. The first, "Khmer: The Remixes," contains three remixes of Khmer songs an ECM novum, too, from Rockers Hi-Fi among others; the second, "Ligotage," offers a new track and another remix. The first CD single was included in the U.S. release of Khmer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2000
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 731453779822
  • Catalog Number: 537798
  • Sales rank: 45,848

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Khmer (4:59)
  2. 2 Tion (7:52)
  3. 3 Access/Song of Sand I (5:51)
  4. 4 On Stream (5:01)
  5. 5 Platonic Years (6:33)
  6. 6 Phum (3:39)
  7. 7 Song of Sand II (6:11)
  8. 8 Exit (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nils Petter Molvær Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Trumpet, Bass Guitar, Sampling
Eivind Aarset Guitar, E-bow, Talk Box
Rune Arnesen Drums
Roger Ludvigsen Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion
Morten Molster Guitar
Technical Credits
Eivind Aarset Sample Arrangements
Manfred Eicher Producer
Rockers Hi-Fi Producer, Remixing
Nils Petter Molvær Sample Arrangements
The Herbaliser Producer, Remixing
Sascha Kleis Cover Design
Mental Overdrive Producer, Remixing
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