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Sunday, September 25, 2016

FINLAND: Iiro Rantala- how long is now?(ACT 2016)

"Avoid the basic concept of the jazz piano trio and make it more groovy, with simple melodies” Iiro RantalaAfter the album “My Working Class Hero,” dedicated to John Lennon and “Tears for Esbjörn,” a homage to the influential Swedish pianist, “How Long Is Now?” puts the spotlight fairly and squarely back on to the Finnish pianist, composer and life-force Iiro Rantala. This new trio album with Peter Erskine (drums) and Lars Danielsson (bass) constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantala’s life.Rantala says of the new album: “I think this is one of those ‘composition is the king’ kind of projects. The theme, the writing, the mood of the composition are the most important things.” Seven of the thirteen compositions here are by Rantala himself, three tracks by the other players in the trio...
line up Iiro Rantala / piano
Lars Danielsson / bass
Peter Erskine / drums, percussion
ACT