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Early steps revealed

" The largely through-composed work, dedicated to the featured singer Aili Ikonen, is as much contemporary classical as jazz. The grooviest part of this album, Bugbear, is the oldest, which suggests a movement towards the classical field. "

OUTI TARKIAINEN, NORRBOTTEN BIG BAND WITH AILI IKONEN: Into the Woodland Silence
Fredriksson Music FRMCD007

Outi Tarkiainen’s first arrangement for UMO Jazz Orchestra was heard 10 years ago, when she was 18. The material on this album was created between 2005 and 2011. The centrepiece is the 17-minute Into the Woodland Silence, commissioned by UMO and premiered in 2010. The largely through-composed work, dedicated to the featured singer Aili Ikonen, is as much contemporary classical as jazz. The grooviest part of this album, Bugbear, is the oldest, which suggests a movement towards the classical field.  

The two-trumpet powerhouse Cayo Coco, featuring Magnus Ekholm and Dan Johansson, was recorded by UMO some four years ago. A comparison between the two versions interestingly points out differences between the big bands; the Swedes have a warmer sound and a rounder swing, while UMO plays brighter and more on the beat.  

Southern influences can be heard in Contemplations, composed when Tarkiainen studied at the University of Miami. The simple and beautiful theme has a Brazilian tinge.  

The booklet features information and lyrics in English and Swedish, as well as the original Finnish lyrics heard on the album.  

Jan-Erik Holmberg