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Sväng: Hauptbahnhof

Read "Hauptbahnhof" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

From the outset, Sväng's eighth album Hauptbahnhof evokes a bygone age of often gilded life, leisured strolls, and acoustic instrumentation. Or is it just the evocative sound of their four harmonicas that immediately conjures marching men, wartime truces and so forth? In any case this album of idiosyncratic tunes, and one song, does more than its ...

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We Jazz Festival 2016

Read "We Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

We Jazz Festival 2016
Multiple venues
Helsinki, Finland
December 4-11, 2016

The winter We Jazz 'event' has been running for four years now, and founding mentor Matti Nives is somewhat challenged to find suitable new venues to take his artists to, having established a tradition of taking jazz to improbable ...

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Oddarrang: Agartha

Read "Agartha" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Agartha is the fourth studio album by Finnish quintet Oddarrang and their second for the UK label Edition Records. The band is led by eclectic musician and drummer, Olavi Louhivuori.

The album's title takes its name from the legendary world that is said to reside in the Earth's core, and Miles Davis's similarly named ...

Aki Rissanen: Amorandom

Read "Amorandom" reviewed by Roger Farbey

In a world of piano trios, a point of difference is simply essential. This particular trio, hailing from Finland and led by pianist Aki Rissanen, makes that difference clear from the outset. The key to this, and in addition to each of the musicians' individual talents, is the group's ability to change mood subtly and kaleidoscopically. ...

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Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla: Kirkastus

Read "Kirkastus" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On the sublime Kirkastus saxophonist & flutist Juhani Aaltonen and pianist & harpist Iro Haarla engage in a series of intimate and impressionistic duets that brim with lyricism and spontaneity. A definite spirituality marks all ten of Haarla's compositions and, although various Psalms inspired most, the sacred nature of the music goes beyond strict religious boundaries ...

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Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla: Kirkastus

Read "Kirkastus" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The most striking thing about Kirkastus--a duo outing by a pair of seasoned Finnish free jazzers, saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen and pianist/harpist Iro Haarla--is the unalloyed beauty of the sound they've made. Aaltonen, in his eighth decade now, has the longer term veteran's credentials. His saxophone style draws from late period John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, with ...

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Mikko Innanen e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Mikko Innanen e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

All About Jazz: Il tratto principale della mia musica.
Mikko Innanen: Questo lo lascio definire agli ascoltatori.

AAJ: La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me.
M.I.: Che sappiano capire cosa sto cercando, e trovare la loro via per farlo. Questo è il jazz!

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Oddarrang at Lavaclub Night in Helsinki

Read "Oddarrang at Lavaclub Night in Helsinki" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Oddarrang
Club Night
Lavaklubi, Helsinki, Finland
September 22, 2015

The name of this band itself conjures quite a mystery. Even in its Finnish homeland the word has no apparent association, except possibly the title of the local Saami or Lappish news broadcast, Oddasat! Actually an atmosphere of shamanic intensity is quite ...

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Olavi Trio: Oh, La Vie!

Read "Oh, La Vie!" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

These Finnish improvisers frame spontaneous combustion and mellower moments on their second outing for Tum Records. They're also one of many bands to dispel stereotypes that Scandinavian ensembles are largely about performing chamber jazz amid ethereal soundscapes, evidenced throughout the years on ECM Records and so on. Of course that's not a bad attribute, yet the ...

Mikko Innanen with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille: Song For A New Decade

Read "Song For A New Decade" reviewed by John Sharpe

Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen has hit upon a sure fire winner with his accompanists on Song For A New Decade. He has enlisted the services of a world class rhythm section in the person of bassist William Parker and drummer Andrew Cyrille, a combination which might show anyone in a good light. But Innanen possesses personality ...