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Oddarrang: In Cinema

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The third album from this Finnish, drummer led quintet is something of a departure from its predecessors, not in its participants, its ethos nor its strong visual imagery, but in the balance between the components. With only occasional use of powerful rhythm, both earlier albums bore a sparse and principally acoustic feel on the long, even rambling, instrumental pieces. The development of guitarist Lasse Sakara's taste in electronics may help explain the current change, although the credits are again all (but one) ascribed to the leader Olavi Louhivuori, whose musicality obviously extends beyond his drumkit. As before, ...

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Oddarrang: Espoo, Finland, November 18, 2011

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Oddarrang Louhisali Espoo, Finland November 18, 2011 Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori and his band Oddarrang returned to the stage with the sparse chamber-style jazz from their second album in the elegant setting of Espoo's Cultural Center, just outside Helsinki. As expected from a group whose debut album was released four years previously, and with only a few gigs in the ensuing years, this performance was concentrated if not tenuous to begin with, but consolidated as the evening progressed. With all musicians except Louhivori hunched over their stands, it was clear this music was ...



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