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Ilmiliekki Quartet: Land Of Real Men

Read "Land Of Real Men" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Finnish all-star combo Ilmiliekki Quartet creates its very own sonic landscape on the first recording in 13 years. Between minimalist percussive crescendi and nostalgic melodies led by Verneri Pohjola on trumpet, Land Of Real Men demonstrates an organic gathering of musicians at the top of their game. Six of the eight tunes are originals by the bandmembers. the opener, however, is an explosive take on avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson's “O Superman" and gets the album going on a ...

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Ilmiliekki Quartet: March of the Alpha Males

Read "March of the Alpha Males" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

Jazz musicians have longed mined popular song forms. Two legends in particular – Miles Davis and Chet Baker – devoutly explored them. In his biography of Miles Davis, John Szwed ponders their interest: ”They both saw that despite the naive optimism of most pop songs, they were essentially sad; in fact, they formed a long chain of shared anguish, one song linked to another in the deep consciousness of their audience...”

On their TUM Records debut, the ...


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