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Mette Henriette

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Eight years after her double-length self-titled ECM debut, the Norwegian Sami tenor saxophonist Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg has returned with an album of brief musical haikus, introductions and unfinished thoughts—shadowy free jazz/contemporary music meant to provoke endings to her short moody statements. While half of her debut featured a big band, Henriette is now joined only by a pair of players, both of whom are leaders in their own right: pianist Johan Lindvall (who appeared on that first album) and versatile Australian cellist Judith Hamann. 


Deliberately but wonderfully mystical and minimal with much unfilled space and enigmatic phrasing, Drifting's longest track (out of 15) is only four minutes long; most are much shorter. This brevity makes her musical text messages easy to consider yet no less perplexing.  The album opens with a mournful 42-second melodic snatch, "The 7th," followed by "Across the floor," which evokes pathos before abruptly ending with her playing skittering across the highest range of her instrument.  


Henriette begins the title track in her instrument's low register before ranging into higher, more optimistic flourishes. A jagged dialogue with Hamann ensues, with both players harmonizing, playing together and apart as Lindvall rhythmically chords behind. In "0°" Henriette can be heard, via this collection's exacting, precise recording quality, breathing in and out through her horn without making any identifiable sound.  Full-bodied playing and more robust contributions from her trio mates come in "Rue du Renard," but at less than three minutes, this again, doesn’t sound like the whole story. These surprising miniatures make it clear that the fearless Henriette has much to say musically, but prefers inklings and motion to ideal conclusion. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
The 7th
00:00:42

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

2
Across the floor
00:01:57

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

3
I villvind
00:04:37

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

4
Čađat
00:01:14

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

5
Chassé
00:02:31

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

6
Drifting
00:04:01

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

7
Oversoar
00:06:17

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

8
Rue du Renard
00:02:53

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

9
Indrifting you
00:06:11

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

10
A Choo
00:03:18

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

11
Čieđđa, fas
00:01:55

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

12
00:01:53

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

13
Solsnu
00:02:09

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

14
Crescent
00:02:20

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

15
Divining
00:01:11

Gerard De Haro, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Judith Hamann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Peer Espen Ursfjord, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

Album Description

Eight years after her double-length self-titled ECM debut, the Norwegian Sami tenor saxophonist Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg has returned with an album of brief musical haikus, introductions and unfinished thoughts—shadowy free jazz/contemporary music meant to provoke endings to her short moody statements. While half of her debut featured a big band, Henriette is now joined only by a pair of players, both of whom are leaders in their own right: pianist Johan Lindvall (who appeared on that first album) and versatile Australian cellist Judith Hamann. 


Deliberately but wonderfully mystical and minimal with much unfilled space and enigmatic phrasing, Drifting's longest track (out of 15) is only four minutes long; most are much shorter. This brevity makes her musical text messages easy to consider yet no less perplexing.  The album opens with a mournful 42-second melodic snatch, "The 7th," followed by "Across the floor," which evokes pathos before abruptly ending with her playing skittering across the highest range of her instrument.  


Henriette begins the title track in her instrument's low register before ranging into higher, more optimistic flourishes. A jagged dialogue with Hamann ensues, with both players harmonizing, playing together and apart as Lindvall rhythmically chords behind. In "0°" Henriette can be heard, via this collection's exacting, precise recording quality, breathing in and out through her horn without making any identifiable sound.  Full-bodied playing and more robust contributions from her trio mates come in "Rue du Renard," but at less than three minutes, this again, doesn’t sound like the whole story. These surprising miniatures make it clear that the fearless Henriette has much to say musically, but prefers inklings and motion to ideal conclusion. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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