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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirsty Ear
  • ASIN: B005KVLIKU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer has his own very individual sound, influenced as much by the poetry of Scandinavian nature as by electronic calculation, and last but not least by colleagues like Miles Davis and Jon Hassell. Listening to him play, it's easy to forget that his instrument is a trumpet. On his last album, Hamada, he switched to and fro between very harmonious and extremely brutal passages, while on Baboon Moon these two opposite poles blend into a unified whole again. Improvisation is an important factor but for this music Molvaer calls it free, black prog rock.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Finefrock VINE VOICE on November 18, 2011
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I don't know, I'd have to check with Duke Ellington, so don't hold your breath for me to get back on the subject. What I do know is that this is some ear-grabbing improvisational music that blends genres and pushes boundaries.
Molvaer's music blends an eerie trumpet that sounds like a distant foghorn cutting through thick banks of fog, with either delicate percussion and politely unwinding guitar figures, or raging guitar and heavy beats. Around these items he uses lots of space, but not silence, more like a white noise drone that adds a haunting quality to the already otherworldly playing of the main musicians. The music sometimes comes across like the ghost of Miles Davis jamming with post-rock bands like Grails or Earth. Several of the tracks drift together to form 2-3 song mini-suites illuminate the various sonic approaches of the artist.
This is the first Nils Petter Molvaer album that I have heard, and I am excited to check out more of his music. His is a forward looking music that defies musical categorization and may just be a new road for jazz musicians (or maybe not).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PDX-ish guy on October 11, 2013
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Maybe I'm somewhat acclimated to atmoshperic Nordic Jazz due to my long listening association with ECM records, but I love this recording.
It's pretty cool to hear a traditionally jazz instrument used in an experimental setting. There seems to be a lot of bands these days that aren't afraid to throw in some electronic/synthy/loop-y texture into their music. I like it.
This is kind of a moody, dark recording and I keep listening to it more and more.
Sorta reminds me of a cross between " Tribute to Jack Johnson" with maybe a little metal-flavor thrown in??
I don't know, I couldn't categorize this record if I tried, it's just good. Is that a legitimate category?

I dig it. Don't know what I'd call it..my "man music"? it does have a certain "Oh crap, the vikings are here. Hide the women." kind of feel: Dark and epic.
Would I recommend it? Hmm...I guess the only thing I could say is if you like "In a Silent Way" and "Tago Mago" you'll probably love this to death.

Mr. Molvaer hit pay dirt here. Plus, you know, a scary baboon on the cover. Nice.
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I came to Nils Petter Molvaer by way of Lars Danielsson's and Bugge Wesseltoft's "Melange Bleu" -- although not "headlining" that album Molvaer is generously featured and he really caught my attention, infusing the music more with mood and image than with trumpet notes.

So I went looking and found his own trove of recordings, of which Baboon Moon is the most recent.

This music is beyond genre. It is painting with sounds. It elates and transports.

It is true music, played the way John Crowley (Little, Big) writes.

Ulf Wolf
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By Mike on April 1, 2013
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I got a little lost with Molvaer after his seocnd ECM release, however, with Baboon Moon he has created something truly special. Find performances on youtube if you are on the fence. A beautiful record.
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