Wednesday 20 January 2021

Pohjola. Pekka - Harakka Bialoipokku (1974)

The second album from this Finnish artist.

Pekka Pohjola does the bass, piano and electric piano himself here.

He had got help from six guest musicians who provided percussion, drums, trumpet, piccolo flute, saxophones, saxes and guitars.

Pekka Pohjola started out as the bassist in the excellent Finnish band Wigwam before striking out on himself with around ten solo albums before he sadly passed away in 2008.

This is my second album from him. I was not particular impressed by his 1972 debut album Pihkasilma Kaarnakorva. 

Pekke Pohjola has spent the two years changing around his sound and style.

So much that he has introduced a lot of Canterbury prog into his music. Most of the music here is indeed in that genre.

The music is very quirky with a lot of saxophones. There is indeed a lot of fusion and jazz here. Quirky fusion and jazz. 

Pekka was associated with Frank Zappa and I can understand why when I am listening to this album. There is some Zappa lurking around here.

Most of all, this album is a good album in it's own right. It is an album well worth checking out.

3 points





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