(This short review was originally published in Jazz Journal in November 2016)
Timo Rantama (electric guitar)
Tatu Back (electric bass)
Iiro Laitinen (drums)
Catching The Mystery Train
This is a classic guitar power trio. Probably, by the sound of it, weaned on a diet of 70s prog rock and jazz fusion, with a seasoning of 90s virtuosity. The guitar sound is broad and often heavily processed, the drums keep a rock solid but cheeky beat, the bass often adds a surreptitious funk swagger.
From the relentlessly fun and exuberance of opener Lifelong Secret with its instantly hummable melodies, to the emotive in-your-face balladry of Ride, “…The Mystery Train” is a short ride at 37 minutes and I’m not sure it’s breaking any new territory but it’s a true pleasure, guilty or otherwise.
(“Catching the Mystery Train” is available from Bandcamp.)