Arkhangelsk (Blue Note Records)
French trumpeter Erik Truffaz’ new album takes its name from the crazily surreal architecture and shifting wintry landscape of the remote Russian city of Arkhangelsk, and succeeds in working up some intriguing musical geometry of its own. Truffaz has worked with vocalists on several of his previous projects, but gives added prominence to the human voice on this latest disc.
He has recruited three stylistically distinct vocalists for the purpose, French singer Christophe, rapper Nya, and English singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt. All three fit neatly into the ambient-jazz grooves of the music from his regular band, with Patrick Muller on keyboards, Marcello Giuliani on bass, and drummer Mark Erbetta, and there is plenty of scope for Truffaz’ own Miles-influenced trumpet voice to do its own singing in the course of the disc.