Saturday, 28 November 2009

a Pori Jazz compilation

Here's again a piece of Finnish jazz history. It's not entirely free jazz nor entirely interesting, but still a nice peek into the era.

Jarmo Sermilä, Edward Vesala, Ilkka Willman, Mike Koskinen: The Winners of Pori Jazz Festival Composition Contest (EMI Odeon 5 E 062-34854)

recorded at Finnvox Studios, January 11 & 12 1973

Mike Koskinen, trumpet; Pekka Pöyry, alto and soprano saxophones; Juhani Aaltonen, tenor saxophone (except B1); Seppo Paakkunainen, baritone saxophone (except B1); Mircea Stan, trombone (except A1); Heikki Sarmanto, electric piano, piano (except A2); Ilpo Saastamoinen, guitar (A2, B1); Teppo Hauta-aho, bass; Pekka Sarmanto, bass (B1); Edward Vesala, drums.

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a Po Torch release

A rare duo recording by Paul Lovens and the late Urs Voerkel.

Urs Voerkel & Paul Lovens: Goldberg (Po Torch PTR/JWD 15, 1990)

Urs Voerkel: piano
Paul Lovens: percussion

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Sunday, 15 November 2009

Focus on Ganelin Trio

Here are three albums from the Lithuanian free jazz / improv - combo, Ganelin Trio. These are all Soviet releases on Melodiya, from the late 70's to the early 80's.

These are all very interesting records, but not entirely successful. They tend to overreach a bit, and could've benefited from less formal compositions and more open ended and spontaneous improvisations. Nevertheless, they are very enjoyable and worthwhile. Do check them out.

Ganelin Trio: Con Anima (Melodiya 1977)

Vyacheslav Ganelin - piano, basset
Vladimir Chekasin - alto saxophone, clarinet, chalumeau
Vladimir Tarasov - percussion

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Ganelin Trio: Poi Segue ... (Melodiya 1982)

Vyacheslav Ganelin - piano, basset, guitar, bugle, flute
Vladimir Chekasin - saxophones, trombone, flute, percussion, violin
Vladimir Tarasov - percussion, flute

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Ganelin Trio: Semplice (Melodiya 1984)

Vyacheslav Ganelin - keyboard, acoustic piano, basset, Casiotone, hunting horn, percussion
Vladimir Chekasin - alto saxophone, trombone, end blown flute, percussion
Vladimir Tarasov - drums, percussion

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If you like them, plz comment.