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Pekka Pohjola

Jussi Pekka Pohjola was a Finnish multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. Best known as a bass player, Pohjola was also a classically trained pianist and violinist. Originally Pohjola rose to fame as the bass player of the Finnish progressive rock band Wigwam, but he soon departed on a solo career, initially releasing Frank Zappa-nfluenced progressive rock albums. As his career progressed Pohjola developed a more novel musical style that could best be described as fusion jazz. In addition to Wigwam and his solo albums, Pohjola also played with Made in Sweden, The Group and the bands of Jukka Tolonen and Mike Oldfield. Pohjola belonged to one of the most prominent music families in Finland

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Olli Ahvenlahti: Thinking, Whistling

Read "Thinking, Whistling" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

When Mose Allison wrote in 1958 that 'a young man ain't got nothing in the world these days' he was probably not intending to make a philosophical statement--more a question of power politics. But now(adays) the line now suggests something else to me. I think neither Roger Daltrey nor I thought about it this way, at ...

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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 ...

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Helsinki Festival 2016

Read "Helsinki Festival 2016" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Love Proge Helsinki Festival (Huvila Tent) Helsinki, Finland August 28, 2016 Richard Thompson couldn't have said it better than he wrote in Fairport Convention's first major single Meet on the Ledge: If you really mean it, it all comes round again. That was in 1968, two years after ...

Juhani Aaltonen: To Future Memories – The Music of Antti Hytti

Read "Juhani Aaltonen: To Future Memories – The Music of Antti Hytti" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Can anyone just decide, on a whim, to take up an instrument and simply become a working musician anymore? That's precisely what Juhani Aaltonen did as an eighteen year-old living in the town of Inkeroinen, in central Finland back in the early 1950s. Apart from a year of study at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and ...

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Ligro: Dictionary 2

Read "Dictionary 2" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Another great fusion band from Indonesia, Ligro is a co-operative trio comprised of guitarist Agam Hamzah, bassist Adi Darmawan, and drummer Gusti Hendi. Compared to the other Indonesian jazz and fusion artists on the MoonJune roster (Dewa Budjana, Tohpati Ario Hutomo, and the group SimakDialog) Ligro's sound is appreciably more aggressive and, dare I say, more ...

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kahden miehen galaksi: Um Jepa

Read "Um Jepa" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Buying a CD is more of an act of commitment nowadays than ever. One may be motivated by acquisitional zeal or by dedication to an artist, and opening up the wrapper brings one a little closer to the creative source regardless of any future pleasure from its consumption. The cover in question is ...

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Bill Frisell: Helsinki, Finland, August 29, 2012

Read "Bill Frisell: Helsinki, Finland, August 29, 2012" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Bill FrisellHelsinki FestivalHelsinki, FInlandAugust 29, 2012 It's hard to find a summer festival that is not critically dependent on the weather for that essential vibe. As such, August's Helsinki Festival stands as good a chance as any for success, with the main stage located a half-mile from the central station ...

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Trio Chaud: Helsinki, Finland, March 29. 2011

Read "Trio Chaud: Helsinki, Finland, March 29. 2011" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Trio Chaud Laulumiehet Restaurant, Helsinki, Finland March 29, 2011 When musicians play together, it might be assumed that they're enjoying themselves, but it's also true that playing can be a very serious business. The combination of play and pleasure is in no way inextricable, but when it occurs both phenomena take ...

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Iiro Rantala: Lost heroes

Read "Lost heroes" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

German record label ACT Music is rapidly cornering the market in stylish solo piano albums. With Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala's Lost Heroes, it adds another distinctive and glorious recording to its collection, alongside Gwilym Simcock's Good Days At Schloss Elmau (2011) and Danilo Rea's A Tribute To Fabrizio De André (2010), among others. ...


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