Henriksen is a major representative of a golden generation of Norwegian jazz
musicians. «Towards Language» is his ninth solo album (eight on Rune Grammofon and one on ECM), he
has also released a dozen albums as a founder member of Supersilent and appears
on well over a hundred records by artists like David Sylvian, Jon Balke, Trygve
Seim, Imogen Heap, Arild Andersen and many more. With «Towards Language» trumpeter Arve Henriksen is back with his trusted long time musical
partners Jan Bang and Erik Honoré. Arve first collaborated with the pair on the
much loved and highly praised «Chiaroscuro» (2004), Arve´s second album, and later on «Cartography» (ECM 2008) and «Places
Of Worship» (2013). Also an important part of the line-up
is Eivind Aarset, the ECM associated guitarist extraordinaire.
Whether with Supersilent or on his own, Arve
Henriksen has demarcated his own world of sound, communicating in ways that are
sometimes inscrutable but always deeply felt.
The Wire (UK)
On the title track, furthermore, he exercises
his `head voice'; an otherworldly, high-pitched sound that Thom Yorke could
well covet. 8/10.
The currents of musical fashion may be turning
towards Henriksen and his exquisite gloom. 4/5.
The Times (UK)
Henriksen is joined by Jan Bang and Erik
Honoré, two old friends who’ve appeared on some of his greatest albums (Chiaroscuro, Cartography, Places of Worship), as well as the ECM-affiliated
jazz guitarist Eivind Aarset. Together they gin up brooding, minimalist chamber
music in which the simplest melodies whisper of unfathomable depths of feeling.
Photo of Arve Henriksen by Frank Schemmann