Aaltonen, Juhani

TUM, 2014CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 20.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Juhani Aaltonen (sax, fl) leads a band from Finland that includes Iro Haarla on harp and piano. They are well known for producing abstract jazz that is spontaneous and thought provoking. “Reminiscence” is the opener, a lengthy piece that initiates the listening experience but never seems to really get started, a theme that is common on several selections. Most of the music invokes memories, both pleasurable and sad, especially “Kukunor” and the title track. “Ursula” is a platform for Aaltonen to show his prowess. Our favorite is “All The Birds” a soothing composition.


Publicist: Braithwaite & Katz