Nils Petter Molvaer quartet
Nils Petter Molvær – Trumpet
Geir Sundstøl – Guitar
Jo Berger Myhre – Guitar & Bass
Erland Dahlen – Drums“
The album “Switch” closes a long-turning circle for Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer. Mid-Eighties,he attracted attention alongside Norwegian jazz pioneers Jon Christensen and Arild Andersen in their band Masqualero,a decade later he was busy with his band Khmer laying the foundations of the now-typical Norwegian symbiosis of jazz and electronic music. Since then Molvaer has broken new ground in countless projects,most recently on the hypnotic ambient CD “1/1” of 2013 in duo with the Berlin electronic producer Moritz von Oswald.
Molvaer finds a new musical and narrative approach on each CD,but the guiding light that shines through all his work is the search for the optimum balance between the synthetic and the organic. The new CD “Switch” marks a new climax in this continuing search. Once again,the ingenious iconoclast operates simultaneously in two worlds and on several temporal planes. His complex sounds,some electronically generated,others acoustically elaborated sonic worlds that have an uncannily electronic sound,sends him into a future of urban globalisation,while he retreats with the sound of slide guitar and his own folk-tinged improvisations into a little village remote from metropolitan life.
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