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Pekka's Tube Factory (Naxos Jazz 86028) was released in 1999. It was one of the first contemporary jazz releases by the then brand new label. Now Pekka Pylkkänen is back with another notable collection of razor sharp contemporary jazz. Pylkkänen, once again, blows through his variety of winds on this collection of mostly his originals. The mood is upbeat and exploratory. The most notable in performing is guitarist Pekka Luukka, who adds a decided edge to the festivities. His soloing is taut and controlled. Keyboardist Mikkonen helps Pylkkänen steer his Scandinavian ship through the opaque waters of this collection. This is music of dark density, mystery and invention. It is full of whimsy, but it is a serious whimsy. If the listener liked Pekka's Tube Factory, they will like Opaque.
Track Listing: Donnerwetter; Wallaby's Dance; Lumi; TomCat; Black Pearl; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Balinese Wedding Song; Hilipata; Un Trou Dans la Boue (Total Time: 54.57).
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.