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Verneri Pohjola: Pekka

Read "Pekka" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Finnish multi-instrumentalist Pekka Pohjola was a classically trained pianist and violinist but known best as a bassist in his native country. The proponent of a unique fusion of jazz, progressive rock and classical music, his work had elements of Frank Zappa, King Crimson and Antonín Dvořák, sometimes all within a single composition. Pohjola died while only ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet

Read "Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Fino al suo debutto da leader per l'ECM con Northbound, più di un decennio fa, il nome della pianista e arpista finlandese era praticamente sconosciuto, anche tra il pubblico del suo Paese. Eppure ebbe un ruolo significativo all'ombra del marito Edward Vesala, suonando nei suoi gruppi per tutti gli anni ottanta e componendo splendidi temi per ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Bennett Thomas: Deeper Journey

Read "Deeper Journey" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist David Bennett Thomas takes inspiration from God's word. Not unlike Finish pianist/harpist Iro Haarla, on her beautiful duet set Kirkastus (TUM Records, 2015), with saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen, where Biblical Psalms informed the music, Thomas' Deeper Journey goes to the Bible for inspiration on half the tunes on this meticulously crafted, subtle--yet modern and adventurous--set of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs

Read "Rumi Songs" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim may lack the marquee status of countryman (and fellow ECM artist) Jan Garbarek. But he is no less adventurous, and has recently been popping up all over on 2016 ECM releases: on Mats Eilertsen's Rubicon; with Sinikka Langeland and the Trio Medieval on The Magical Forest; with Iro Haarla and symphony orchestra ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet

Read "Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Finnish pianist/harpist/composer Iro Haarla devoted the early part of her career to the music of her then-husband, the late drummer/composer Edward Vesala. On her own she has released two quintet albums on ECM: Northbound (2005) and Vespers (2010). That quintet (with a couple of personnel substitutions) is integrated into an extended composition with symphony orchestra on ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2015

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2015" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

My search for the best jazz recordings of 2015 led me to these marvelous CDs.

Yelena Eckemoff
Lions
L&H Productions

Pianist Yelena Eckemoff, originally from Russia, and originally a classical player, has driven deep into her quest to create first rate jazz. This ambitious two disc set, featuring Norwegian bassist Arild ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

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 ...

Manu Katche: Touchstone for Manu

Read "Manu Katche: Touchstone for Manu" reviewed by John Kelman

With only four records released as a leader on ECM, it may seem a little early to release a “best of" disc for drummer Manu Katché. But having since moved on to fellow German label ACT for Live in Concert, while Touchstone for Manu is only being released in North America in the summer of 2015, ...

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Nutshell 2015

Read "Nutshell 2015" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Nutshell 2015
Bergen, Norway
May 27-30, 2015

For a decade now, Nutshell has been an important engine in promoting Norwegian jazz talent abroad. This year, Nutshell's four-day program presented nine acts of quite diverse stripes to an audience of festival directors, radio programmers, booking agents and journalists from fifteen European countries.


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