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Kalle Kalima and K-18: Buñuel de Jour

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With the intriguingly seductive Buñuel De Jour guitarist Kalle Kalima and his quartet, the K-18, continue their paean to the rebel auteurs of cinema. Their third installment in this series, again on the Finnish TUM label, is obviously dedicated to the iconoclastic surrealist filmmaker, Luis Buñuel. His works themselves, not the scores, serve as inspiration to the dozen originals that comprise the album. Each improvisation heavy piece truly reflects the spirit of its namesake. “Belle de Jour" for ...

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Kalle Kalima and K-18: Buñuel de Jour

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This third album featuring K-18's original line-up doesn't stray very far from the content of the previous two. But in combination with vaguely remembered images from Buñuel's films the music readily transports the listener to far corners of the aural universe with its exotic and compelling mixtures of timbre and intensity. The players are all masters of the exceptional and the unexpected and along with the sumptuous packaging, featuring on the cover and inside TUM's standard selected piece of Finnish ...

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Kalle Kalima & K-18: Out to Lynch

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Berlin-based, Finnish guitarist Kalle Kalima continues to project his aural impressions of the world of movies. This time he focuses on the eccentric characters and locations from the films of David Lynch, following his abstractions of director Stanley Kubrick on Some Kubricks of Blood (TUM, 2009). Kalima is not attempting to re-score or rearrange the original soundtracks from these films. Instead, he exposes his feelings while watching these films, in some cases twenty years later, and filters these initial feelings ...

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Kalle Kalima & K-18: Out To Lynch

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Finnish guitarist Kalle Kalima uses the cinema as a platform for riding a wave of abstract impressionism. As this album title intimates, the premise is based on eccentric film director David Lynch's body of work. The band pulls quite a few punches on a per-track basis, spanning cantankerous minimalism, free jazz, and levitating sub-themes amid some abrupt crash-and-burn breakouts. The quartet seldom allows anyone to attain a comfort zone, but this isn't to say that the program is unfocused or ...

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Kalle Kalima: Some Kubricks of Blood

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From the opening flurry of discordant semitones, the following percussive entrance of saxophone and then guitar, it becomes clear that there is something rather weird and threatening about Some Kubricks of Blood. Much is surely due to the disharmonies and clashes of timbre--grating guitar over accordion gushes--and the abrupt rhythmic collisions, in addition to intentional off-mike squawks and burrs. And then, of course, there is the avowed subject matter: those images and injuries drawn from deep in director Stanley Kubrick's ...

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Kalle Kalima / Ed Schuller / Ernst Bier: Jazz Parasites: Very Early

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Parasites is an international trio that has been in existence for over five years. Drummer Ernst Bier and bassist Ed Schuller's long-fostered musical partnership is evident throughout, resulting in an airtight but loosely swinging rhythmic feel, no matter what the context. Similarly, guitarist Kalle Kalima demonstrates his diverse influences while never falling victim to them. He'll introduce a certain flexibility of vibrato or a delicate turn of phrase or change of dynamic that is beholden to none. ...

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Kalle Kalima and his Dance Suite for Domesticated Animals, Helsinki

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UMO Jazz Orchestra and Kalle Kalima Korjaamo, Helsinki September 25, 2009

When a guitarist attempts to compose for big band, there's an expectation of strong rhythmic motifs, but when the musician concerned is as suffused in contemporary idioms as is Kalle Kalima one gets much more. The big band in question is Finland's best (and only fulltime) brass ensemble in the country, the UMO Jazz Orchestra of Helsinki playing here under Kari Heinilä.



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