Saturday 17 November 2018
Uzva - Niittoaika (2002)
The second album from this band from Finland.
The band was a seven piece big band with a lineup of marimba, percussion, vibes, drums, guitars, bass, piano, flute, violin and cello.
Two guest musicians provided accordian and clarinet.
Uzva released three albums between 2000 and 2006. All of them received with a mild indifference.
The band was a fusion/jazz band throughout. Not the most popular genre these days....
Niittoaika gives us three pieces of music. Three suites worth forty-seven minutes of music.
The first two suites gives us some very melodic fusion. The music is almost bordering on muzak and elevator music at times. But the music is still good and full of ideas. There is a vibraphone like sound here which really makes these two suites interesting.
The final suite, Drontti, has a much more Italian fusion feel with some avant-garde elements. It has a lot of interesting details too and is not that melodic.
The overall quality is really good. Nevertheless, this album is not one of the better albums in the scene and will probably never ever be played again in my household.