Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Nils Petter Movaer: Baboon Moon

Bill Milkowski reviews trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær's new release

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

After 2009’s dark and angry Hamada, Norwegian trumpeter and sonic provocateur Molvær returns with gentler sounds and a new trio featuring fellow countrymen Stian Westerhus on guitar and Erland Dahlen on drums. Together they carve out a unique musical niche that falls somewhere between electronica and jazz. On ambient pieces like “A Small Realm,” “Bloodline” and the Zen-like meditation “Blue Fandango,” Molvær plays warm, forlorn-sounding, unaffected trumpet not unlike Miles on “My Funny Valentine.” This softer approach is also carried out on the aptly titled “Prince of Calm” and the first half of the restful title track. (The last part builds to a highly charged drumming crescendo that sounds like portions of Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ.)

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published