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Tapani Rinne / Tero Majamaki: Inside the temple

Read "Inside the temple" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

With a pedigree stretching back to the founder of Finnish free jazz, Edward Vesala, Tapani Rinne has, over the years, consorted with multiple musicians from his homeland, winning many Finnish awards for his achievements. The main vehicle for exploring his claimed territory--the borders of experimental and techno-jazz--has been RinneRadio, featuring percussionist Juuso Hannikainen and electronicist Verneri ...

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Pipoka: Veto

Read "Veto" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Pipoka is a Finnish trio, with its roots firmly entwined around its two active founder members, accordionist Veli Kujala and guitarist Jarmo Julkinen. Veto is still anchored in the original conception of chamber jazz, with highly structured pieces that provide ample opportunities for exploration and development, as well as a considerable dose of Latin America.

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KTU: Quiver

Read "Quiver" reviewed by John Kelman

There's often considerable difference between live and studio recording, where the facility's greater capacity for control and manipulation can almost become an additional band member. Still, for some the difference is a subtle one. In the case of KTU--a collective that began with half of King Crimson (Warr guitarist Trey Gunn and traps/button man Pat Mastelotto) ...

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Jaska Lukkarinen Trio: Trane Ear

Read "Trane Ear" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

This is an album with origins deep in the heart of the Finnish nu-jazz fraternity, featuring three alumni of the Folk and Jazz Department of the national Sibelius Academy. However Jaska Lukkarinen has learned more than just percussion and drums, having spent a season at the Manhattan School of Drumming, where the concept of a drum-led ...

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RinneRadio: Pole Stars

Read "Pole Stars" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Tapani Rinne is synonymous with the Finnish band Rinneradio, which he steered since its inception as an offshoot from fellow countryman Edvard Vesala in the late 1980s. Over the years, Rinne has ventured into the spheres of hip-hop and electronica, straight fusion, dark dub, lush ambient soundscapes, even Saami yoik singing. But always he has kept ...

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RinneRadio: RinneRadio 20th Anniversary Album

Read "RinneRadio 20th Anniversary Album" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Tapani Rinne is a name as integral to the contemporary Finnish music scene as is Jean Sibelius. Which doesn't mean to say that Sibelius was a covert jazz connoisseur, nor that Rinne has achieved worldwide acclaim amongst the general listening public. But to any who have followed current trends in modern Scandinavian music, be it hip ...

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Tiit Kikas: String Theory

Read "String Theory" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Estonia is the smallest of the newly independent Baltic states, now able to boast its lengthy cultural heritage free of the confines of Soviet constraint. Violinist Tiit Kikas rode the surge of post-independence nationalist enthusiasm before extending his horizons across the Baltic to study in neighboring Finland.

On returning home, he spread his talents ...

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Jarmo Saari SOLU: The Making of Love

Read "The Making of Love" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

As Jarmo Saari explains on his website, the topic of The Making of Love has motivated and emasculated humankind since the beginning of time. So do we need yet another interpretation?

The album expands the Finnish guitarist's already long discography, which ranges from a big band suite for the UMO Jazz Orchestra to his first solo ...

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Jarmo Saari: Solu

Read "Solu" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

The use of realia on disc might well have gone the same way as Syd Barrett's homemade attempts to capture the sounds of a live motorbike for his piece Rhamadan--into the cutting bin. But his progenitors succeeded with the same sound for Atom Heart Mother , and the recording industry progressed towards today's super sampling scenario. ...

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Kimmo Pohjonen: Kluster

Read "Kluster" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

You know that old accordion your grandfather has sitting around from his days in the Old Milwaukee Polka Band? Well, Kimmo Pohjonen has dragged it from the attic, dusted it off, hooked it up to a Fender tube amp and proceeded to pull, push, pound, scrape and bend every note conceivable from it. Pohjonen hails from ...