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Can Can Heads – Old Fart’s Neck

Jannu – drums Raine – guitar Tomppa – bass Janne – saxophone Mikko – vocals Conflict of Uninterest (live) All Men Play on TenZenMen Feeding of the 5 Robottipunk Loch Ness Eskimos Urea Mocca Not Bite (live) (13:28) TenZenMen, recorded Finland 2004-16 Who are Can Can Heads? To quote Arttun Tolonen in the press release:…




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7 Questions for… Marcel·lí Bayer

No stranger to the ‘pages’ of aJazzNoise (his disc “1680” was in the aJN top ten for 2014), Marcel·lí Bayer is undoubtedly versatile – from big band to solo performances, material that honours the jazz tradition or free soundscaping, his playing can be sweet and lyrical or pure noise… the unifying factor is a dedication…




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Jorma Tapio & Kaski – Ghatika

Jorma Tapio (tenor saxophone, flutes) Ville Rauhala (bass) Simo Laihonen (drums, percussion julmu-whistle) Desert Ride Ghatika Bruremarsj Tutankhamon Receive Me Trav’lin Light Huilua Moving Fingers Peace is the Language of the Stones and the Stars (55:44) Tampere, January/April 2015 Karkia Mistika Records KARMI-063 On this disc, Jorma Tapio and Kaski are channeling the instrumental spiritual…




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Klima Kalima – Loru

(This short review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2011) Kalle Kalima (electric guitar, voice) Oliver Potratz (bass, electric bass) Oliver Steidle (drums, percussion, accordion) Track #9 Jimi Tenor (voice, flute, photofon, keyboards) 120 K on a Water Slide Loru Mexico City Drive School Mamapapa A Message on Dave Holland’s Answering Machine Sneaking in…




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7 Questions for… Olga Nosova

Olga Nosova has some clout – a combination of precision and power which seems to fit a number of aural scenarios: from the tight unison playing of Toxydoll, to the avant-garde improvisation of duo Astma, or new band Oko, a sort of otherworldly, experimental, ritualistic guitar-bass-drums trio. The 7 answers are brief but somehow paint…




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Simon Toldam – Kig Op 15

(This review first appeared in Jazz Journal in January 2016). Nils Davidsen (bass) Knut Finsrud (drums) Simon Toldam (piano) Hop Propel 15 Seglmånen Se, et menneske kigger op Dryp fra Rummet Noget om Luft Ellington Glasperle på Himmelbjerget II Juniper på Jupiter Trætop Torden Blues Hjemkomst (39.36) Copenhagen, 27th & 28th May 2014 ILK Music…




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Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio – Clustrophy

(This review first appeared in Jazz Journal in 2012). Mikko Innanen (alt, baritone & soprano saxophones, Indian wooden clarinet, percussion, whistles, toy instruments) Fredrik Ljungkvist (tenor & sopranino saxophones, clarinet) Daniel Erdmann (tenor, baritone & soprano saxophones, toy clarinet) Seppo Kantonen (synthesiser) Joonas Riippa (drums, percussion, pocket trumpet) Earth’s Second Moon Vraa-Tender Clustrophy A Panoramic…




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7 Questions for… Mikko Innanen

I could blather on (as usual in these intros) about where I first encountered Mikko Innanen’s music… I could talk about the Teddy Rok 7, Innkvisitio, K-18, the sax/drums duo with Mika Kallio… or with Stefan Pasborg, or Simo Laihonen… but if I do that, the intro will be longer than the interview because Mikko’s…