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Mino Cinelu & Nils Petter Molvær – SulaMadiana

Modern Recordings

  • £29.70

Format: 2LP
Catalogue No.: 4050538631852
Release Date: 16th October 2020
Genre: Jazz

1. Le monde qui change
2. New York Stroll
3. SulaMadiana (For Manu Dibango)
4. O Xingu
5. Take the A# Train
6. Theories of Dreaming
7. Indianala
8. Kanno Mwen
9. Tambou Madiana (For Jimmy Cobb)
10. Process of Breathing
11. Rose of Jericho
12. Song for Julle (For Tony Allen)
13. Song for Julle (Oslo)
14. SulaMadiana, Pt. 1

Focus tracks for streaming:
14/08 - SulaMadiana (For Manu Dibango)
01/09 – New York Stroll

Nils Petter Molvær and Mino Cinelu had both come a long way in their careers before they met. Cinelu gained international renown on Miles Davis’ albums We Want Miles and Amandla, also noted for his playing with the likes of Weather Report, Gong, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Sting, Santana, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, to name just a few. He has also released 3 solo records and collaborated with Dave Holland and Kevin Eubanks on the World Trio album. Nils Petter Molvær, meanwhile, is one of the most outstanding figures in European jazz. In 1997, he made his debut on ECM Records with the album Khmer, combining the Nordic feeling of nature with the Southeast Asian philosophy of sound. His journey into the uncharted areas of music spans almost a dozen records, on which he explores various combinations of acoustic and electrical sounds. He collaborated with Berlin’s electronic producer Moritz von Oswald in 2013, with the reggae philosophers Sly & Robbie in 2018 and with Bill Laswell on several occasions.

Cinelu and Molvær in some senses represent two worlds, which – at first glance – could hardly be more different. Their musical home is the entire planet, but while Molvær's hoarse and cloudy trumpet sound evokes boreal cold, Cinelu stands for the rhythmic fire of Latin America and Africa. On ‘SulaMadiana’, they’ve found their common playground - the album’s title itself a tribute to the two musicians’ heritage. Sula is the Norwegian island from where Molvær grew up, and Madiana is a synonym for Martinique, from where Cinelu's father hails.

SulaMadiana is a cornucopia, spilling out reverberations of Miles Davis, Gong, and previous works of Molvær, and yet Molvær and Cinelu open up doors to entirely new worlds. Cinelu becomes a singer on his percussion, while Molvær's electronically distorted sounds create a driving pulse. Cinelu plays acoustic guitar, Molvær conjures up drones on the electric guitar. The interplay between the two musicians is key, Molvær observing; “We are different, but what we have in common is that we like to give some space to things. I create space for him, he creates space for me, and we both create space for music.” Cinelu adds: “It doesn't matter who has what share in music. We both know each other’s cultures, we find bridges and crossings, and often we walk these paths that lead in the same direction. We wrote everything together and followed our feelings. There are no limits or barriers.”




THE GUARDIAN - John Fordham’s ‘Jazz Album Of The Month’ + 4**** review

MOJO MAGAZINE – 4**** review

FINANCIAL TIMES – 4**** review

THE JAZZMANN – 4**** review


RECORD COLLECTOR – 3*** review ‘an intriguing collaboration between French percussionist MINO CINELU and Norwegian trumpeter NILS PETTER MOLVAER. Together, they create an evocative sonic world where an array of diverse rhythms, moods, and sounds collide.’

THE QUIETUS – “The results of their meeting have a tangy, Fourth World-y flavour, with trumpet electronically treated to sound punchy and guitar-like or dissolved, flowing around Cinelu's intricate but driving patterns"

THE WIRE- ‘many tracks have a Miles feel’

MARLBANK – ‘A highly atmospheric comfort blanket of a listen SulaMadiana by Mino Cinelu and Nils Petter Molvær has a largely borderless sound that bypasses notions of genre for the large part, that achey effortlessly mysterious sounding NPM painterly sound’

WORLD TREASURES - ‘A beautiful album’

GOD IS IN THE TV – ‘Ambience, jazz improvisation and Afrobeat rhythms all combine to create a seductive, transcendental sound.’

LOUDER THAN WAR – ‘moments of great beauty on what we can only hope will be an ongoing series of collaborations over the coming years.’

REVIEW SPHERE – ‘SulaMadiana will easily make its stand amongst previous creations of unmistakable sound worlds, such as Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew or Pat Metheny’s and Lyle May’s As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls.’

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