While much of the music here is quite demanding, this skilled unit navigates Pohjola’s tricky meters and intricate unison lines with seasoned aplomb. And though it may be strictly composed and meticulously arranged material, there is still plenty of room within these structures for the soloists to blow.
Pohjola has assembled a crackling, flexible crew that can easily run the gamut from odd-metered Zappa-esque romps to soothing, romantic ballads, from Passport-ish fusion vehicles to 4th century Gregorian hymns, from lilting lullabies to searing rock-fueled jams, from evocative, cinematic themes to scintillating Swedish vocalese.
With Landmark, Pohjola strikes an appealing balance between heady architecture and heartfelt improvisation. -- Bill Milkowski
BEN MONDER: Guitar
MIGUEL ZENON: Alto Sax & Flute
FERNANDO HUERGO: Bass
ROBERTO DANI: Drums & Percussion
JOHANNA GRÜSSNER: All Voices
MIKA POHJOLA: Piano, Harpsichord, Rhodes, DX7 & Sampling
April 3-13, MikaSonik's Finnish Edition (Sami Kuoppamäki, drums; Lasse Lindgren, bass; Ben Monder, guitar; and me on various pianos) will do the Finnish Jazz Federation tour.
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