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Hot Heros: Folkjazz from Finland

Read "Folkjazz from Finland" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

From the tarnished keys of his favorite old tenor sax, through the scaberous tones of the same instrument to the tangle of his extensive rusty beard, Sami Sippola epitomizes the essence of a free jazz artist. So needless to say the most recent of the releases featuring this well established Finnish musician is another tour de ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Ville Matti Rauhala

A native of Tampere since his early twenties, Ville Rauhala was born in the neighbouring rural municipality of Kangasala in 1976. He has taken double bass lessons at the Pirkanmaa Music Institute and studied ethnomusicology at the University of Tampere for a period of ten years at the turn of the Millennium. One of his most long-standing collaborators is saxophonist Masa Orpana, another Kangasala- based musician and a prominent figure of the North Tavastia jazz and rhythm & blues scene. The men have performed and recorded together in line-ups such as Olmarin Unioni ever since the early 1990s. Rauhala’s path to a fully-fledged professional musicianship commenced in the mid-1990s in the ranks of various roots bands

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Max Zenger: Chapter 2

Read "Chapter 2" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Finnish saxophonist/bass clarinetist Max Zenger's quartet, the Maxxxtet, shows on its sophomore release that there's a lot of room in modern jazz for an approach that puts harmony, intricate concepts and subtle rhythmic nuances ahead of passionate intensity and technical brilliance. This is not to say that the group lacks chops or ambition--but that these traits ...

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Max Zenger: Chapter 2

Read "Chapter 2" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

From its inception more than a century ago, jazz has taken a long, strange and twisted journey. From folk-art to more avant-garde adventures, jazz has never sat in the same place for too long, like a sort of free spirit in search of the infinite. Throughout that journey, at least since the 1940's, a time when ...

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Teemu Viinikainen: Return of Robert Dickson

Read "Return of Robert Dickson" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Finnish guitarist and composer Teemu Viinikainen III has played a part in the jazz world for almost 20 years now, gaining much recognition and popularity in his home country for his achievements with, among others, Blue Note signed U-Street All Stars in the early 2000s. 2017 sees Teemu very active--having greatly contributed his singular guitar sound ...

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Eclipse Music

Eclipse Music

There are several jazz pieces called “Eclipse.” Tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, the Japanese group called Kyoto Jazz Massive, and the Mexican singer Bere Contreras, among others, have performed or recorded compositions with that name. The best known “Eclipse,” though, remains the one that Charles Mingus first recorded in the 1950s and revived for a 1972 concert at Philharmonic Hall ...

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Equally Stupid: Escape from The Unhappy Society

Read "Escape  from The Unhappy Society" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

This second album by Equally Stupid sees the same transnational crew of three gents working in the same vein as their first Exploding Head, blending Rögnvaldsson's astringent guitar with saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen's this time more mellow tenor. David Meier is still holding things together with a strong physicality behind the drums, but from the cover onwards ...

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Sigudur Rögnvaldsson: Kisima

Read "Kisima" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

If this Icelandic guitarist's music was once described as frenetic and insistent (see http://www.allaboutjazz.com/exploding-head-equally-stupid-eclipse-music-review-by-anthony-shaw.php?width=1024) this latest recording does nothing to undermine that classification. If anything the new line-up, known as Dark Forest and featuring Johannes Sarjasto sparring opposite Rögnvaldsson on saxophone, is even more genre bending than the previous work, including pieces which are almost placid, ...

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Equally Stupid: Exploding Head

Read "Exploding Head" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

This first album released on Eclipse Music by 3 Nordic young male improvisers sees the fruit of time spent together in small practice rooms. It is tight, driving music, often with more than an occasional comic twist in the tail. With an eye, or probably more a highly tuned ear, to the dance-ability of their music ...

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Kari Ikonen: Bright and The Helsinki Suite

Read "Kari Ikonen: Bright and The Helsinki Suite" reviewed by John Ephland

Kari Ikonen Trio
Bright
Ozella Music
2013

The 40-year-old Finnish keyboardist Kari Ikonen--first heard by this reviewer in a live context in his native homeland with another, much more open and unconventional trio Slo Motive--lets his jazz chops shine, his groove glisten and his range within the music flourish with these ...