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Live Review

Raoul Björkenheim and eCsTaSy at Sello Hall in Espoo

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Raoul Björkenheim and eCsTaSy with Juhani Aaltonen Sello Hall Espoo, Finland March 25, 2022 When guitarist Raoul Björkenheim and the rest of the all-Finnish eCsTaSy took the stage at the local arts venue in Espoo, the audience were still streaming into the the hall after the intermission--such is the band's enthusiasm to get out there and play. With two years since their previous public performance, there may have been some nerves ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii

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Things get a little rockin' this time out with the powerful guitar of Raoul Bjorkenheim and a top Italian quartet digging into the music of John Coltrane. Then he's front and center in the J&F Band, a mostly Italian ensemble, led by legendary Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and bassist Joe Fonda (and Joe sings! Who knew?). South African tenor player Linda Sikhakhane had to do his senior recital at The New School so why not be as comfortable as ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Raoul Bjorkenheim, Billy Hart, Robert Glasper and More

Read "Raoul Bjorkenheim, Billy Hart, Robert Glasper and More" reviewed by Len Davis


In the second part of this week's show we continue our perusal of new Progressive-Rock, Avant-Garde Jazz and R&B releases, including gems from Raoul Bjorkenheim's Italian project, Bill Hart Robert Glasper and more. Enjoy the show! Playlist Raoul Bjorkenheim “Saturn" from Saturn (Long Song) 00:00 Robert Glasper “Resting Warrior" from Collagically Speaking (Blue Note) 06:36 Djabe “Return to Somewhere" from Live in Edmonton (GR 1993) 29:44 Bob Lanzetti “B" from Whose Feet Are These That Are ...

Album Review

Raoul Bjorkenheim eCsTaSy: Doors of Perception

Read "Doors of Perception" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Il chitarrista Raoul Bjorkenheim è nato a Los Angeles nel 1959 da genitori finlandesi e nel paese nordico ha ben localizzato le sue radici artistiche. La sua peculiare ricerca timbrica lo contraddistingue da molti anni sulla scena della musica jazz alternativa che basa la sua strutturazione sull'improvvisazione ben organizzata. Bjorkenheim è uno dei nomi di punta nell'ampio scenario della chitarra elettrica moderna che non nasconde una derivazione hendrixiana ben avvertibile sin dal primo ascolto. Con questo Doors ...

Album Review

Raoul Bjorkenheim eCsTaSy: Out of the Blue

Read "Out of the Blue" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Raoul Bjorkenheim è uno di quei chitarristi difficili da inquadrare, per via di uno stile strumentale composito che prende in egual misura da rock, jazz, e libera improvvisazione. Anche la sua musica, di conseguenza, si viene a trovare spesso alla confluenza di questi tre generi, e il suo ultimo quartetto eCsTaSy non fa eccezione, anche se forse l'aspetto jazzistico è qui più marcato che in altri suoi lavori. Il quartetto è al suo secondo album, pubblicato come ...

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Album Review

Raoul Bjorkenheim and eCsTaSy: eCsTaSy

Read "eCsTaSy" reviewed by Dave Wayne


For me, guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim is one of those musicians whose albums are always the subject of eager anticipation. His playing is both emotionally cathartic and intellectually gratifying. His highly-charged, utterly distinctive and immediately recognizable sound has been at the center of a number of fascinating cooperative groups over the past few years, including Scorch Trio with Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, the quartet Krakatau and ad hoc groupings with the likes of Hamid Drake, William Parker, Bill Laswell, ...

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Album Review

Raoul Bjorkenheim / Bill Laswel / Morgen Agren: BLIXT

Read "BLIXT" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


Few musicians are more aware that music has no borders, and--more than anything else--that the word “genre" is anathema, than Bill Laswell. The bassist has been uncompromising in this regard throughout his career and was not about to be undone for this musical adventure. Consequently, on the brilliantly crafted BLIXT, Laswell has partnered with an old cohort, guitarist Raoul Björkenheim, and a slightly newer one, drummer Morgen Ågren. Together, they are involved in the creation of some of the finest ...


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