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A Finnish Feast: Hundreds of Free Songs from Earth's Least Corrupt Country

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Hundreds of songs from Soundclick

This is a global database, so there's lots to discover once you move beyond Finland, and one of the better such sites when it comes to ease of navigation and providing information about the musicians and their songs. Clicking on the jazz link (or any genre) and then doing a search by country (or U.S. state) brings up a list of available artists. There's a lot of genre overlap - among those showing up in the jazz roster are "typical one-man band" Timo Kinnunen offers 81 songs of many types and guitarist Mika Luoto describes his 36 downloads as everything "from jazz to trash." Quality isn't always exceptional, as a number of contributors are solo performers doing projects on multiple instruments, but there's a good selection of keepers. Luoto, despite constant self-deprecation, displays tonal versatility and nimble fingers on fusion, New Age, folk and swing for "rabbits having a party." The very good and very bad can be heard from the Trio Torkeat (translation: "filthy trio"), whose offerings run from decent Dixie to distorted noise-oriented avant- garde - but at least the song descriptions do a good job of letting listeners know what to expect.





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Suomijazz magazine online

This Finnish jazz magazine offers a good overview in English at its Web site about the country's jazz scene, resources and recently released albums of note. Other and potentially more interesting material, such as most of the album reviews, are generally in Finnish, but browsers wanting some idea of, say, an album's quality can always skip to the star ratings at the end of the article.



Finnish Music Information Centre

No full-length freebies here, but one can hear short samples of an enormous range of Finnish jazz and other albums here, plus get information and links to a number of the country's music sources.



FinnLinks

There are dozens of links here to music sites, plenty of which offer downloads. It's also a rich and easy to navigate resource for Finnish sites in every conceivable category from history to pets.



Musicmoz

This is a global directory of music sites I found through Finnish links. It's well-organized with more than 50 links and descriptions of sites separated into categories such as styles and artists. Worth looking at for the download possibilities as well as more obscure topics like an overview of the Kantele, a string device known as Finland's national instrument.

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