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Article: Live Review

Raoul Björkenheim and eCsTaSy at Sello Hall in Espoo

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Raoul Björkenheim and eCsTaSy with Juhani Aaltonen Sello Hall Espoo, Finland March 25, 2022 When guitarist Raoul Björkenheim and the rest of the all-Finnish eCsTaSy took the stage at the local arts venue in Espoo, the audience were still streaming into the the hall after the intermission--such ...

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Naissam Jalal - The Quest of the Invisible at Savoy Theater in Helsinki

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Naissam Jalal -The Quest of the Invisible Savoy Theater Helsinki, Finland February 22, 2022 Naissam Jalal was everything this audience needed on a very snowy February evening in downtown Helsinki. Not only had the concert already been postponed for two years, but it happened to coincide with the second ...

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Y-Otis at Raahe's Festival by the Beach

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Y-Otis with Otis Sandsjö Ruiskuhuone Stage Jazz on the Beach Raahe, Finland July 31,2021 Many events haven't happened these last two summer seasons, and Otis Sandsjö's participation in the 36th Raahe Jazz on the Beach almost didn't happen. But, like many things that aren't expected to materialize, this particular show was ...

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December jazz in Helsinki

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Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution and others Hietsun Paviljonki and various venues On-line concerts Helsinki, Finland December 1-2, 2020 Two evenings of live youthful jazz events opened December's musical fare at a time of sparse availability of live concerts around the globe: Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution, and the We-Jazz sponsored ...

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Article: Album Review

Hvalfugl: Øjeblikke Vi Husker

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There's no denying that this Danish trio plays a very mellow mood. Based around the interplay of Jeppe Lavsen's mildly electrified, echoing guitar and Jonathan Fjord Bredholt's piano, this album continues the style that Hvalfugl captured on earlier albums. But while the melodies move gently forward there are small surprises lurking along the way. These ...

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Article: Album Review

Sylvain Rifflet: Troubadours

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Sylvain Rifflet has been playing adventurous, somewhat rock-related jazz for since around 2000, and for much of the time has done so alongside a trumpeter. His emergence on the international scene in the first decade of this century was with the French quintet Rockingchair, where his co-leader was contemporary French trumpeter, Arielle Besson. They were awarded ...

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Article: Interview

Gong gave me jazz ears - an investigation into the recent evolution of Gong

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Introducing the band Gong, or as they are frequently known on the internet the Gong-band, is somewhat similar to introducing a primary color to a blind person. The more words used, the less clear the idea. Suffice it to say that a band which has existed for over 50 years, has included well over 50 musicians ...

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Article: Album Review

Mikko Innanen: Autonomus I - XXX

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Mikko Innanen has been a prolific saxophonist on the Finnish scene for so long that one can no longer refer to him as any sort of new boy in town. But with the passing of the years there have been changes of focus and style, and the release of the album Autonomus sees a new experimental ...

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We jazz festival 2019

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We Jazz Festival Finland & Estonia 7th We Jazz Festival Helsinki, Tampere & Tallinn December 1-8, 2019 Two things are always certain about the We Jazz Festival in Finland, and neither involve death or money. The concert tickets are modest by Scandinavian scales, tho' pricey for Central Europeans. The most ...

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Article: Album Review

Barlast: Svanvik

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This second album from Barlast, a self-proclaimed folk-jazz quartet from Helsinki, continues much in the vein of their first, Ihantalo released in 2017. Where Ihantalo featured only tunes from bassist Philip Holm, the current album includes five tunes written by the whole band, as well as five more of Holm's, and is sonically more experimental.


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