Title - 'Mette Henriette' [2CD, ECM]
Artist - Mette Henriette
Norwegian saxophonist Mette Henriette's (full name Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg) eponymous debut on ECM is a true delight to behold. Blessed with a double album of her music, the self-titled debut is a cluster of music that cannot be pigeonholed, not can it be labelled. Therein lies its most incredible, breathtaking beauty.
A bold artistic, musical statement, quite like no other debut I can quite recall on ECM Records, the young Norwegian saxophonist, composer and improviser Mette Henriette has brought forth an incredible, beautiful, shifting mosaic of shimmering chords, thoughts and back beats.
With her very own ideas, moods and interpretations free flowing gracefully within each and every one of the 34 tracks, the two CDs bring forth a thematic layering that will, most assuredly, have you hitting repeat over and over and over again!
Including simplistic song titles such as 'So,' '.oOo.,' 'Once,' '3 - 4 5,' 'I Do,' 'O,' 'Passé,' 'True,' and both 'I' and 'Behold,' Henriette creates short and powerful poems that have both layers and belief in mesmerizingly equal amounts. Most all are, shall we say, impressionistic, and yet none come across as obtuse or even self-indulgent.
Working with a large group of musicians over these two CDs, including some names familiar to ECM listeners, such as: trumpeter Eivind Lønning, drummer Per Oddvar Johansen, and the members of the Cikada Quartet, they all pool their creative energies to serve Mette's music admirably. The album was recorded at sessions in Oslo in May and August 2014, and produced by Manfred Eicher.
In truth, and I think once you yourself listen to this delightful double CD you will also agree with me, but it seems that this totally captivating debut album, Mette Henriette, has heralded in a new era of young, uber talented female composers. For my money, Henriette's career is now officially off and running, and for a young lady still in her 20s, well, this developed, cultured ability to creative such a dramatic, lush approach to her mussing means the world is her oyster.
Musicians: Mette Henriette: saxophone; Eivind Lønning: trumpet; Henrik Nørstebø: trombone; Andreas Rokseth: bandoneon; Johan Lindvall: piano; Sara Övinge: violin; Karin Hellqvist: violin; Odd Hannisdal: violin; Bendik Bjørnstad Foss: viola; Ingvild Nesdal Sandnes: violoncello: Katrine Schiøtt: violoncello; Per Zanussi: double bass; Per Oddvar Johansen: drums, saw.