Somehow I missed that Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen had released a new album, titled Places of Worship, earlier this year. Henriksen’s Cartography was one of my favorite albums from 2008, a sublime and beautiful album that could be labelled “jazz” but that easily stretched beyond any connotations that word might have.
“Saraswati” continues where Cartography left off. Henriksen’s breathy, shakuhachi-influenced playing has a meditative-yet-joyful quality to it, as if it enjoys getting lost in the gorgeous soundscape of percussion, piano, and bubbling electronics that unfolds around it.
Places of Worship is now available on Rune Grammofon.