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Juli Wood Quartet: Synkka Metsa (Dark Forest)

Read "Synkka Metsa (Dark Forest)" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

When the subject of Finnish jazz is mentioned, the names Iro Haarla (piano), Vernie Pohjola (trumpet), Juhani Aaltonenen (saxophone) and Heikki Sarmanto could get tossed about as four from Finland who are producing superb recordings on TUM Records. The “Finnish sound" tends toward a reflective and often melancholy minor key mode, with smoldering freedom that at times flashes into roaring flame. Chicago's Juli Wood--who plays multiple reeds, but sticks to the tenor saxophone here--explores her Finnish heritage on ...


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