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Northern Lights

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Nature Boy
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Poochie Pie
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I've Seen It All
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Vertigo
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Flamenco Sketches
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Naima
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Dance Of Ran
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Bang
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Rememberance
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 60:35

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"Steps Ahead" of the usual

timabouttown

Going well past his frequent "fusion" tag, Manieri here works with Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer and his band, which includes a samples programmer and a turntablist. Not that this is a particularly electronic outing. The avant sounds are one color in an organic, largely acoustic, frequently downtempo, palette. An interesting mix of standards (Nat King Cole/Miles Davis's Nature Boy, Miles's Flamenco Sketches, Coltrane's Naima), 6 Manieri originals and a Bjork Cover (I've Seen It All), Manieri is a generous leader as his vibes take back seat, especially to Molvaer and Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson. His flexibility as a composer/arranger also stands out- check the string quartet on Remembrance. A truly remarkable album.

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A moody fusion of straight-ahead and "nu jazz"

digaman

This is a stunning, innovative album that deserves much more attention than it's gotten. Mainieri's sidemen here are the cream of the crop of the new generation of Scandanavian jazz players who have been influenced by electronica, including Nils-Petter Molvaer, Bugge Wesseltoft, Lars Danielsson, Jan Bang, DJ Strangefuit, and a bunch of other low-key geniuses who regularly play on one another's records. Moody standards like "Naima" and "Flamenco Sketches" fit perfectly with the reflective atmosphere, and this record sounds unlike anything else, because it's a bit more straight-ahead than the Euro guys usually go for. If you want to dip your toe into "nu jazz," this is a great place to start. A marvelous album for late night listening, and a taste of the future of jazz.

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What a blessing!

GREY-007

Take one of the major vibraphonist of the Jazz Fusion era with the Northern Europa best musicians these days and give them space to express their talent... magic moments ahead! Jazz flirts with electro and both worlds are at ease. Great album without deja vu but opening new dimensions. A must. No need to say more.