eero koivistoinen - 3rd version - porter records - vinylPRLP 011 - 62453 - uslp - €16.50
Genre: Jazz - Fusion
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3rd Version" is Eero Koivistoinen 7th album and finds him in the company of other excellent Finnish musicians: pianist Heikki Sarmanto, guitarist Jukka Tolonen, bassist Pekka Sarmanto and drummer Reino Laine, plus American drummer Craig Herndon.
Except for Tolonen, who is mostly associated with Jazz-Rock Fusion due to his membership in the legendary Finnish bands Tasavallan Presidentti and Wigwam, the rest of the players are all pillars of the Finnish modern Jazz scene and all are virtuosi on their respective instruments. The music could be generally categorized as Fusion, but this is the European strain of Fusion, which is more focused, with every moment contributing a new vista to the music. Koivistoinen's saxophone (tenor, soprano and sopranino) sounds clear and eloquent at all times, soaring and diving like a bird. Sarmanto's keyboards work is stunning, always elegant and flawless, his brother's bass lines, steady as a rock and chronometer and yet playful and imaginative, are breathtaking. At long last this cornerstone of the 70’s Finnish jazz scene is once again made available.