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Norway's master of atmospheric soundscapes, ARVE HENRIKSEN, who can ululate like a eunuch and make his trumpet sound resonate like a Shakuhachi flute, returns with the evocative "The Height Of The Reeds" (Rune Grammofon). The music was originally commissioned to accompany a "sound walk" across Hull's Humber bridge and proved so popular that its release in album format was inevitable. Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset also contribute. 4/5.
Record Collector (UK)

Spectral Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen joins with guitarist Eivind Aarset and electronics fella Jan Bang, both frequent bandmates of his, plus field recording artist Jez Riley French for a suite designed to be listened to with headphones. Specifically, while wandering over the Humber Bridge — The Height... was previously a soundtrack for a City Of Culture installation in Hull. It works splendidly in isolation, though: the trio's own moving, minimal style of pillowy jazz ambience folded into French's recordings of the bridge itself.
Buzz (UK)

Henriksen's latest project started as a commissioned work for the city of Hull, and is a tribute to Scandinavia's and England's long lasting relationship. Given the fact that two long time collaborators are part of the project brings back memories of fantastic sessions like ”Chiaroscuro” or ”Places of Worship”, which I both admire and quite often listen to and enjoy as well. On the English side, Hull-based sound artist Jez Riley French contributes with an electronic tissue containing recordings and samples looped into the composition. There is also the Choir and Orchestra of Opera North which supply some Symphonic lines and the vocals for this unusual project. When it comes to uncommon projects nobody would fit better than these three extraordinary musicians. The mood is very mystic and spiritual, while the addition of an orchestra and choir reminds me of the communication which the trumpeter created during his long collaboration with Trio Mediaeval. The dialogue between the past and the present is handled with an incredible sensitivity, and almost intuitive shifts between moods, styles and cultural backgrounds: something that makes you think about the nature of the human experience, despite distance, climate or belief. It must have been wonderful to walk over the Humber Bridge wearing headphones and with that music in your head. It's no surprise that the project was rewarded with overwhelming popularity — one more iconic work in an already exceptional artists' portfolio, one feels.
HiFi Critic (UK)

To describe Norwegian Henriksen as a trumpet player does rather underrate what it is that he does. This recording was made for a Hull City Of Culture event in 2017, a "sound walk", and includes contributions from Hull-based sound artist Jez Riley French and samples from Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset that really make the ears prick. From the creaking and breathing of 'Reefs And Roots' - to the Bernard Herrmann-esque 'Height Of The Reeds In The Wetlands', it's a magical and mysterious sound that is summoned here.
Electronic Sound (UK)

Probably my favourite listening of the year so far: ‘The Height of the Reeds’, the sound installation for the Humber Bridge by Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, Jez Riley French & Opera North. Released by ⁦@runegrammofon⁩ this week. Extraordinarily beautiful.
Richard Williams (UK)

Classically trained, Henriksen is a trumpet player, vocalist, and composer. He has a slew of prior recordings out under his name, most on Rune Grammofon, but amongst other labels a few on ECM as well; he’s also worked in groups including Supersilent, which is where I first heard him. His latest began as a commissioned work composed by Henriksen with Eivind Aarset and Jan Bang originally intended to accompany a sound walk across the Humber Bridge in UK city of Hull in April-June 2017. Headphones were utilized. Soaking this up through the same device while sitting in a chair in my vast listening den, I can understand why the experience proved such a hit. The blend of jazz, classical, and ambient is warm and quite welcoming.
The Vinyl District (US)

Opprinneleg eit tingingsverk til Hull kulturby i 2017 - ei lydvandring over The Humber Bridge der musikken endra seg etter kvar lyttaren var på brua. Eit enormt prosjekt. Orkester, kor, feltopptak. "Come April" - Henriksen si skjøre stemme opnar plateversjonen av bruvandringa. Skrapinga, knitringa. Ei mystisk klangverd opnar seg. Horn med mute. Filmatisk. Samarbeidet Jan Bang og Arve Henriksen er eit eige kapittel. Chiaroscuro og Strjon glinsar i platehylla. Mykje er gjenkjenneleg, men Aleksander Waaktar sine modige arrangement for kor og orkester er essensielle tilskot til dette prosjektet. Det same med feltopptaka til Jez Riley French som er naturleg integrert i lydbiletet utan å dominere. Dei voldsomme smella frå eit anna rom - som lyden av arbeidet i ei gruve langt under orkestersalen. Ein blir umiddelbart interessert i skapingsprosessen rundt denne musikken. Dette gir ein ekstra dimensjon i lyttinga. Tidskapslar, men likevel augeblikkmusikk. "Is there a limit for the eternal" - Eivind Aarset legg fram klangane tørt, utan effektor. Ein overraskande kontrast til det store atmosfæriske lydbilete. Slike element løftar denne utgjevinga. Arve Henriksen har vore i gamet ei stund og har etablert ein karakteristisk sound - mange i same kategori (tør eg seie dei fleste) held seg til den trygge suksessoppskrifta. Height Of The Reeds har ein ny smak, råvarene er gjort i stand og krydra på ein anna måte enn tidlegare. Eg vil høyre plata som avslutningsspo-ret "Pink Cherry Trees" legg opp til. For eit underleg stykke musikk. Som om ei Leonard Cohen-låt har drukna og James Bond plukka opp restane blant "the reeds in the wetlands". Denne utgjevinga blir med meg vidare ei stund.
Jazznytt (NO)

Både vakker og gåtefull av vesen.
Aftenposten (NO)

De Noorse trompettist Arve Henriksen bracht de laatste jaren al een flinke stapel albums uit onder eigen naam, met zijn avant-gardeband Supersilent of met pianist Tigran Hamasyan. Vaak vergezelt hij zich van landgenoot Jan Bang, die met sound-scapes en elektronische manipula-ties de trompetnoten van Henriksen als het ware smoort. Door een dikke laag zoemende synths krijgen de fraaie lange noten van Henriksen soms bijna iets wanhopigs. De combinatie Bang-Henriksen werkt op het nieuwe The Height of the Reeds weer prachtig. Zeker als in Is There a Limit for the Internat ook gitarist Eivind Aarset zich meldt en Henriksen zijn hoogste kopstem opzet. Aarsets spaarzame snaar-aanrakingen in combinatie met deze stem in het onheilspellende woud van elektronica geven een heel bijzonder klankbeeld. Het verdient aanbeveling deze evocatieve muziek met de koptele-foon te beluisteren. Dan klinkt alles nog intenser, en hoor je rond Henriksens omfloerste trompet-geluid hoe de diverse lagen (akoestische gitaar, zoemende synths en krakende field recordings) versmelten tot een spannend geheel.
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