Fresh From Finland Finds a Fan in Fordham

Many thanks to the great man John Fordham for finding space to review ‘Fresh From Finland’ in today’s Jazz Album of the Month column alongside Peckham’s own KOKOROKO and the great Charles Lloyd – nice company to keep!

“UK journalist/broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre’s occasional Now’s the Time compilations continue with Fresh from Finland (Cadillac), a raft of Finnish new music from lyrical folk-jazz to funky electronica, free improv and adventurous pop/jazz vocalising. The 13 tracks include a wailing opener from Finland’s famous UMO orchestra, two appearances from prizewinning pianist/harpist Iro Haarla (she’s on piano with folk/improv trio Hot Heros and spacey harp with 86-year-old Finnish reeds great Juhani Aaltonen), and some ruggedly exhilarating piano/sax postbop from Riitta Paakki’s quartet.”

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