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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 ...

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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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.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen: Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen

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Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen have been at the heart of the Helsinki jazz scene for over two decades, seeing international success with the Five Corners Quintet as well as leading several accomplished cutting-edge bands. This is something very different, an eponymously titled album where two established figures throw caution to the wind and cut loose ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Gong at the Assembly Rooms Islington

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Gong, supporting Steve Hillage Assembly Rooms Islington London, UK November 16, 2019 We all know that it's never literally the same river twice, but with a band it's a little more complicated. A name can mean everything when it comes to sales and marketing, so even when the ...

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Some small steps for jazz

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Rantajatsit Jazz onthe Beach Raahe, Finland July 25-27, 2019 Raahe is a small town on the north west coast of Finland renowned if anything for the antiquity of its planning, much of which survives despite a fire in 1810 and an attack by the British navy in 1855 when the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Eyolf Dale at April Jazz

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Eyolf Dale April Jazz Espoo, Finland April 26, 2019 In keeping with the gradual arrival of spring in southern Finland and the mini festival just outside Helsinki, April Jazz, Norwegian bandleader Eyolf Dale brought a strong sense of musical color. The breadth of his musical taste runs from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hvalfugl: Som En Faldskærm

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Hvalfugl is a young Danish trio whose music straddles the awkward boundary between jazz and a rather ill-defined style of instrumental music which might be considered folk. This is despite prominently featuring two instruments which barely feature in the genre--electric guitar and piano. If one is to define a style, it surely shouldn't be ...

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Jarmo Saari Republic: Soldiers of Light

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In a video introducing this band, Jarmo Saari claims that in his career as Finland's most widely-recognized modern guitarist he is maybe in the wrong niche. But listening to his latest album, and comparing it to his first releases in the mid 1990s with ZetaBoo, even if he doesn't play drums it is obvious that he ...


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