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Norwegian trumpeter / multi-instrumentalist's '99 project for ECM borders on experimental. Molvær combines elements of jazz with electronica, trip-hop, drum & bass, ambient & other forms on this disc.

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  • Audio CD (July 15, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B000024UM7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By liberty janus on October 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Suffused with deep atmosphere, this is a brilliant and seamless mélange of musical vocabularies that broadly expand the jazz palette for an intensely expressive ride. This would likely qualify as an experimental effort if it weren't so mature and fully realized. There are other artists incorporating breakbeats, electronica, world, and ambient into a jazz context, but few creating such an atmospheric environment. And in the electronica genre only the best artists achieve the depth of expression almost effortlessly offered here. Superficially unlike most previous ECM label releases (the label that has so consistently offered uniquely magnificent music for so many years) this is really quintessential ECM stuff. There's a kind of somber introspection throughout the recording, only heightened by the roaring atonality of the screeching guitars and the pounding percussion and bass that drive much of the music forward. Atop this shadowy, ominous, occasionally menacing foundation Molvaer weaves in his trumpet lines, sometimes gentle and melodic, other times fractured, skewed, and electronically treated. The music builds up some tremendous momentum at times, shifting back and forth between this and softer, more contemplative passages. This is fertile ground, and Molvaer and his fellow musicians explore it with confidence and style.
Khmer is intelligent, accomplished, deeply atmospheric and emotional music that forges real and cogent expression from the burgeoning musical vocabularies available to sensitive and probing musicians.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
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I had never heard of Nils Molvaer. I had never heard of the record label. I heard a short excerpt of Khmer on a local radio station and I knew I had to buy this CD. This is an awesome fusion of improvisational jazz and electronic/ambient music. The songs have a strong electronic base and over which ride improvisational trumpets. Rather than sounding cheesy like many other "fusions", this CD creates a totally new sound...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
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Nils Petter Molvaer- Khmer
ECM have always had some sort of reputation based on great production, intelligent and introspective music, discerning covers and in many ways have been the trendsetters for much of what is now around. They tend to be the label that every one else worth their weight bases themselves on. And so this should be. I have been a collector for many years and I am happy to repeat what I have been saying for many many years, that this is the greatest label in our time. Consistency and loyalty is something that ECM has nurtured and I think this is a good thing. To a degree because so many of their musicians have not only recorded so many great albums but have also cross pollinated musically across such a wide spectrum of albums, this has in many ways contributed to that unique ECM sound. Now we have another ECM classic, this time by multi instrumentalist Nils Petter Molvaer. At time of review this had not been officially released but seek this out by all means. What you get is a cross over between world music, tribal,industrial beat techno, Nordic rock and some damn fine ambient moments. NPM is a fine trumpeter if ever there was one. Stylistically he sounds a bit like Don Cherry meets 70's Miles, especially on the title track. Check out Tion for some of the most intense playing heard for a long time. It all starts very slowly and then develops into some sort of roller coaster plethora of sound that builds up to something that is not exactly ECM, a sort of techno dance tune that will jump up and bite you on the bum interwoven with some of the cleverest Nordic guitar treatments and trumpet blowing I have heard for a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 29, 2009
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Remember when--thanks mostly to Sting--the term "synchronicity" was all the rage? Well, a couple of days before Christmas I was in a used CD store and picked up a copy of Khmer. I knew nothing about it, but I usually find ECM recordings interesting and I thought the instrumentation listed on back (e.g., trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, samples, and even a guy credited for "sound treatment") sounded promising, so I took a chance and brought it home, where I promptly stuck it on a shelf to sit idly while I played mostly Christmas CDs for the next couple of days. On Christmas morning, one of the Christmas presents under our tree was a small but relatively heavy package marked for Dad that turned out to be The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions.

Needless to say, the trumpet of Miles Davis was soon heard in the Nehring house--not exactly traditional Christmas music, but most enjoyable on a cold winter's day in Ohio. Later that evening, I was looking around for something to play, and I remembered that I had bought a few new CDs recently. I saw Khmer sitting there on the shelf and decided it might be worth a quick listen--surprise of surprises, it sounded like a '90s version of Bitches Brew. Synchronicity!

What we have here are two disks, a 42-minute main disk and a 19-minute "dance mix" disk with vigorously variant versions of four of the cuts from the main disk. All of the music features Molvaer's Miles-like trumpet weaving in and out of an electronic tapestry that is recorded with plenty of little phase flips that make the soundstage--even in antiquated two-channel playback (WARNING: possible sarcasm detected)--T-H-I-S B-I-G. The music is not as complex as that on Bitches Brew, but is much more danceable. Fun, fun stuff, and one of the best CDs I have found for playing in the car in a long, long, time. You start your journey playing the main disk, then you slap in the dance mix to really get your door panels flapping.
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