Jazz review: Arve Henriksen, Places of Worship (Rune Grammofon)

 

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More moody, atmospheric evocations of sacred spaces and the natural world, with Norwegian trumpeter and sound-sculptor Henriksen once again assisted by producers Jan Bang and Erik Honoré on samples and programming, with Honoré also singing (very capably, and oddly for a Norwegian, in what appears to be an Irish accent) on the final track, “Shelter From the Storm”.

So yes, we’ve been here before and Places of Worship sounds more like the summation of a previous body of work than a new departure. But this may well be Henriksen’s most approachable album – certainly for people coming to him for the first time – and even the semi-commercial breakthrough he deserves. It is also absolutely sublime.

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