Aire&Angels ll (NBCD016)

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This is the 2nd album by the 2 great artists from Norway. The album is full of silence and melancholia with much nostalgia. This is what you call a contemporary Jazz album.

高い芸術性に、叙情性の溢れる美しいメロディーを持った本作は、ジャズのカテ ゴリーを越えて、多くのリスナーの琴線に響く魅力を持っています。本国ではロ ック/ポップス歌手として知られる、シーリ・ヤーレの気取りのない可憐な歌声 は、とても日本人の耳にも馴染みやすく、また、ECMからリーダー作を発表し、キ ース・ジャレットに次ぐ逸材として大きな注目を浴びているトルド・グスタフセン のピアノは、リリカルな高い表現力を持って奏でられ、CDをプレイヤーにセット したその瞬間から、このアルバムの素晴らしさに気付いてもらえる事でしょう。
本作の11曲中5曲でトルド・グスタフセンが作曲を手掛けており、他は2人の共 作。歌詞はシーリ・ヤーレが担当していて、自作詩に加え、イングランドの若き放 浪詩人Rupert Brookeの詩も取り上げている他、16-17世紀の英詩人John Donn による詩も1曲で取り上げられていて、ちなみに彼等のユニット名Aire & Angels はこの詩人の作品からとられたとの事。

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This is the second album from the Norwegian duo aire & angels. Only a grand piano and Siri Gjære’s vocals are used in this music, which nevertheless displays a striking fullness and warmth alongside its intriguing nakedness and transparency. Moving on from their 1999 debut recording focusing on 17th Century poets, the duo now has created music to poems by Rupert Brooke (1887 - 1915), as well as some of Siri’s own writing.

aire & angels sets out to merge solid songwriting and heartfelt lyricism with the looseness and freedom of improvisation. On this album, the priority on melodic content and simple-yet-subtle arrangements is taken even further than the last time. Echoes of jazz phrasing are still essential, but they are subordinate to the songs - and to the mellow qualities of Siri’s unique voice.

Both Siri Gjære and Tord Gustavsen are experienced young professionals, participating on various cds, and per­forming at a wide variety of festivals, jazz clubs and concert halls throughout Norway and Europe. Siri has her own full band solo project on Bergland Productions (listen to the critically acclaimed cd “Love Seriously Damages Health”), as well as the folk-country trio Cricket Club. Tord is about to release his first trio album on the ECM label December 2002. He also works and records with the Silje Nergaard Band, Nymark Collective and other projects featuring Jarle Vespestad, Mats Eilertsen, Kenneth Ekornes, Peter Asplund, Magnus Lindgren, Simon Flem Devold and others.

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released September 20, 2006

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