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Tracklist

Khmer4:59
Tløn7:52
Access / Song Of Sand I5:50
On Stream5:01
Platonic Years6:33
Phum3:39
Song Of Sand II6:10
Exit2:42

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Notes

Originally titled "Labyrinter", this song cycle was the 1996 comissioned work for the Vossa Jazz Festival. Later renamed "Khmer" and first released internationally by ECM Records in 1997, selling approximately 250000 copies worldwide.

On March 31, 2023, an updated version was performed at the 50th Vossa Jazz Festival anniversary, performed by Nils Petter Molvær (trumpet), Eivind Aarset (guitar), Jan Bang (live sampling), DJ Strangefruit (turntables), Audun Erlien (bass), Rune Arnesen (drums), Per Lindvall (drums), Sven Persson (sound design) and Tord Knudsen (lights design).

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    Cover of Khmer, 1997-10-00, CDKhmer
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 537 798-2Germany1997Germany1997
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    Cover of Khmer, 1997, CDKhmer
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 537 798-2Germany1997Germany1997
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    Cover of Khmer, 1997, CDKhmer
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 78118 21560 2US1997US1997
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    Cover of Khmer, 1997-10-00, CDKhmer
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 537 798-2Germany1997Germany1997
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    Cover of Khmer, 1998-08-11, CDKhmer
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, BMG Classics – 78118 21560 2US1998US1998
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    Cover of Khmer, 2014-04-23, CDKhmer
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    ECM Records – UCCE-9247Japan2014Japan2014
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    Cover of Khmer, 2019-06-07, VinylKhmer
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 774 2658Europe2019Europe2019
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    Cover of Khmer, 2019-08-21, CDKhmer
    CD, Album, Reissue, HQCD 祝ECM 50周年 平成の名盤25
    ECM Records – UCCE-9360Japan2019Japan2019
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    Cover of Khmer, , CDKhmer
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 537 798-2GermanyGermany
    Cover of Khmer, , CDKhmer
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    Limited Edition (6) – PN-311RussiaRussia
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    Cover of Khmer, , CDKhmer
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 537 798-2GermanyGermany
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 537 798-2GermanyGermany
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 537 798-2GermanyGermany
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    Cover of Khmer, , CDKhmer
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 537 798-2GermanyGermany
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    ECM Records – ECM 1560, ECM Records – 537 798-2GermanyGermany
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    Reviews

    • JEnglishSmithII's avatar
      An amazing album, his best I feel. I have it on CD but getting vinyl is on my wish list.
      • aledif71's avatar
        aledif71
        Edited 3 years ago
        I agree with wesyhysy: fantastic pressing - I bought the CD when it first came out and I just had to have it on vinyl.
        Wonderful music and a flawless pressing. Side B has many quiet passages and they are absolutely dead silent.
        Highly recommended for me.
        • bigVick's avatar
          bigVick
          It seemed to me or not, I will not say exactly, but this music is little like modern jazz, like Andrzej Jagodzianski Trio. Rather, it 's avant-garde jazz from the future.
          • wesyhysy's avatar
            wesyhysy
            Fantastic pressing of this classic Nils Petter Molvær album. Clear sound as usually from ECM.
            • d.teil's avatar
              d.teil
              Edited 6 years ago
              As I vinyl junkie I have to admit: this recording is superb on this cd. Amazing stereo sound. The bass is deeper than deep. Clear at the same. A true ddd recording.
              • Expansive09's avatar
                Expansive09
                Edited 4 years ago
                This was a pioneering venture for ECM and I being a fan of ECMs more electric and eclectric jazz was thrown a punch in the ear when I heard it over a decade ago.
                You take one part Miles Davis late 70s era sound, one part down-tempo, one part fringe electronica and what you get is some darn amazing innovative music by one Norwegian who decided to take door number three within the context of what jazz is defined.
                The turn tables, looped and wah/talkbox guitar, muted trumpet and heavy electric bass just grooves so hot you'd think global warming took its cue from this recording.
                Some really exciting music that even today in 2017 sounds fresh and groundbreaking. Nils solos are poignant and precise without overbearing all the other instrumentation and thats what makes this a winner in my music library.
                As a side note the deluxe version has a bonus cd of extra mixes. His follow-up Solid Ether is equally strong but Khmer is hard to topple as far as freshness!
                • zritelle's avatar
                  zritelle
                  Review by Christian Genzel
                  Khmer is surely the most unusual album ever released by ECM -- unusual because the label, which is best known for elevated chamber jazz, presents the solo debut of trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer as a production that plays with modern electronica methods while not eschewing the well-known ECM aesthetic. Molvaer's music is somewhere between scary and majestic, and changes between ominous ambient sounds and hard breakbeats, along which atonal screeching guitars combined with melancholic melodies, create a fascinating mélange. Above all this thrones Molvaer's trumpet: lyrical, hectic, calm and sad, trembling and screaming. Molvaer is one of the most progressive and intelligent voices in jazz today, and with Khmer he's recorded one of the best jazz albums of the '90s

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