Mino Cinelu & Nils Petter Molvaer – SulaMadiana (2020) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Mino Cinelu & Nils Petter Molvær – SulaMadiana (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:04 minutes | 0,97 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Modern Recordings

BMG’s new imprint Modern Recordings are to release atmospheric new album SulaMadiana by Mino Cinelu and Nils Petter Molvær on 21 August. Look for title track ’SulaMadiana’ to be released as a single on 24 July. The album title takes its name from Sula, the island off the west coast of Norway where Molvær is from, and Madiana, a synonym for Martinique, where Cinelu’s father comes from. The album pays tribute to Manu Dibango, Tony Allen and Jimmy Cobb, all recently departed.

How do you create an entire world from nothing but tones, sounds and rhythms? A world full ofwidth and depth, full of colors, movements and manifestations, with different temperatures and divergent courses of time. On “SulaMadiana”, it only takes two musicians to form such a world. Nils Petter Molvær and Mino Cinelu both came a long way until their meeting became inevitable.Cinelu gained international renown on Miles Davis’ albums such as “We Want Miles” or “Amandla”.

It is his percussive storytelling in particular which gave these records their mystical depth and spatial transparency. He has worked on several recordings from Weather Report, and, until recently, with the long term prog institution “Gong”. Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Sting, Santana, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson all made use of his skills. His CD “Quest Journey” (2002) comes across like a collection of gripping short films. In 1995, together with Dave Holland and Kevin Eubanks, he had already sparked the magic of a complete sound world once before.

For ages, these two have been effortlessly immersing themselves in the multicoloured waters of world jazz. These two big names are known for their open-mindedness, their finesse in the art of fusion, and here they join forces. SulaMadiana shows off the French percussionist Mino Cinelu and the Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær in their true multi-instrumentalist forms. There’s percussion and trumpet of course. But we also find acoustic and electric guitars, electronic sounds and vocals punctuating this summit meeting that crosses continents (America, Africa, Europe) and eras. Created between Oslo and Brooklyn, the album mixes acoustic and electronic to give the feel of a self-portrait. The essential ports of call made by Mino Cinelu in the last century at Miles Davis and Weather Report have left their mark and they can be heard here and there. The two musicians find a common ground of understanding and communication never seen before in their vast respective careers. The frenetic Cinelu has not lost any of his superb sound and Molvær knows how to play with this power by taming it but never anaesthetising it, like in the captivating Theories of Dreaming and Rose of Jericho. At the heart of SulaMadiana, the tandem has slipped in three beautiful tributes to three recently deceased giants: saxophonist Manu Dibango (SulaMadiana) and drummers Tony Allen (Song for Julle) and Jimmy Cobb (Tambou Madiana). A fluctuating and crazy record that lives fusion to the full and brilliantly plays with the fake antagonism between vigorous percussion and a gliding trumpet. – Marc Zisman


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