Former rock and folk freak, now with tastes fully fermented by 30 years living in Finland.
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Brought up in the UK, in the 1960s and 70s I listened to a lot of contemporary rock, moving during the 80s from folk-rock towards folk. In the 90s I gravitated to jazz, as well as relocating to Finland where I follow the excellent local nu-jazz with as much wild abandon as I can muster. Given the location I now enjoy much Scandinavian music, instrumentalists and writers who succeed so well in MY mother tongue (such as Emma Larsson, Randi Tytingvåg).
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because the range is so broad.
I was first exposed to jazz via Robert Wyatt and the soft sounds of Canterbury rock.
I met Daevid Allen after a gig in Imatra, Finland in 2006
The best show I ever attended was Jarmo Saari Solu, Tapiola Hall in about 2004.
The first jazz record I bought was Zetaboo, Finnish crossover ethnic jazz.
My advice to new listeners: if you don't like it first time try, try again.
- I.Overdrive - French 'free trio' reworking Syd Barrett's wonderful weirdness
- ZetaBoo - ethnic jazz from Finland
- Randi Tytingvåg - Let go
- Cicada - second outing by New York's incomparable Hazmat Modine
- Pipoka - Veto, second outing from accordionist Veli Kujala (also plays K-18)
- K-18 - a new 4-piece Finnish a/g band led by guitarist Kalle Kalima
- Hunstsville - Norwegian sound sorcerers, colleagues of Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche
- Caravaggio - French 4-piece sound sorcerers, incl Bruno Chevillon, Eric Echampard
- John Drumbo French - City of Refuge (ex Magic Band stalwart, own material v Beefheartian)
- Trio Toykeat - Sisu, Finnish power jazz
- Zetaboo - Outerrail
- Zetaboo - Medizine
- Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
- Hazmat Modine - Bahamut
- Marc Ducret - #3
- Outo Voima - Pekka Lehti and friends
- Sibelius Symphony #7
- Linda Thompson - Fashionably Late
- Richard Thompson - Industry