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The legacy continues

The legacy continues

Holding a mirror up to the past can be burdensome. But it can also be a revelation. Both applied to trumpeter Verneri Pohjola as he took the bull by the horns and interpreted his father Pekka Pohjola’s music. At the heart of the winning formula was the trumpeter's own vision.
Tender, edgy free jazz

Tender, edgy free jazz

Overlook the name that suggests goth or heavy metal – Tampere trio Black Motor is one of Finland’s most versatile, appealing free jazz outfits.
Strong solo piano

Strong solo piano

Sarmanto is a very proficient pianist, and, surely one of the most individual ones of his generation in northern Europe.
The complete set

The complete set

The music on Jukka Eskola Soul Trio's album is straightforward, stylish and groovy Soul Jazz, almost directly from the 60s. However, the discerning listener will find details with a more recent time stamp.
Bop goes cool

Bop goes cool

Jukka Perko Tritone moves the onetime fierce music of Dizzy Gillespie to somewhat gentler realms, still not losing the original ideas and logics of the songs.
Nordgren’s Rites of Passage

Nordgren’s Rites of Passage

Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s music often has a ritual, pictorial quality that generates a powerfully disturbing sense of atmosphere, of foreboding, as this album perfectly illustrates.
Saariaho’s earthy colours

Saariaho’s earthy colours

The distinguished Meta4 string quartet's second volume of Saariaho's chamber music was released in 2016. At the heart of this album are two larger works: ...de la Terre (1991) for violin and electronics and Terra Memoria (2006) for string quartet.
Tüür’s Integration  of Energies

Tüür’s Integration  of Energies

The two clarinet concertos in this album demonstrate Tüür’s ability to suggest huge tectonic forces at work under dancing or drifting textures in higher instrumental registers.
Magical Nordic string trios

Magical Nordic string trios

Not an easy listening disc by any means, but a magical compilation that grows on you with repeated listening, not least because of the superb performance given by Trio Aristos.
Minnesotan Memories of Migration

Minnesotan Memories of Migration

This double album is the issue of three concerts given in Minnesota in February 2016, and Olli Kortekangas’ Migrations was a commission for that occasion. Migrations must have caused many in its initial audiences to reflect upon their own origins, and it retains its ability to touch the heart in this recording.
Insightful and intense Liszt and Schubert

Insightful and intense Liszt and Schubert

Marin’s performance points up the intricate voice-leading and ensures that everything is heard, lucid and emotionally vivid. Indeed, emotional flow might be described as the scarlet thread of this entire album.
Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

When Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha came on stage in the Horta Hall of Bozar in Brussels, as part of the 11th edition of Balkan Trafik!, they delivered what could be expected from them: energetic and exciting Balkan music with a subtle twist.