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Update: Chill-Out

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NILS PETTER MOLVAER
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Thirsty Ear

Norwegian trumpet man makes killer chill

With his mellow tone, flair for funk and wide-open sonic palette, Norwegian trumpeter Molvaer is made for his new American label's dubby, jazz-meets-electronica, remix-a-lot aesthetic. The quietest and most effects-laden of his three 2006 albums may still seem too weird to those who equate calm with brain death, but it's ideal for listeners who prefer their background music to give up some content when they focus in. The flowing live Streamer is almost as subtle till it revs up to the end. And if you like that part, you'll get up and move around for An American Compilation, which draws heavily on Molvaer's beatwise 2002 NP3.

Rolling Stone, Mar. 8, 2007