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Lithe, git-go ensembles field near-set pieces of unusual form and filmic dimension, ply panache and wit through a masterful kaleidoscope of meters and voicings: welcome to the not-too-wild-but-still-kinda-crazy world of Mika Pohjola! The Finnish pianist as genial drillmaster paces his tightly-wound unit through maneuvers classically conceived and jazzily executed. Pohjola's complex, widely varied 'extended compositions', 1/2 to 2/3 composed, afford solo flights on a tether, guitarist Ben Monder and altoist Miguel Zenon spinning fresh ideas in the realm of 'melodic rhythm', where groove follows melody. "Future Apparent" builds breathless, odd-metered phrases over choppy changes; after development, Zenon spills fluid lines and Dani tiffs at his wide kit. Pinging guitar/piano interplay over ostinato 5/4 rhythm opens "Landmark" and stretches into dramatic tremolo phrases as alto enters the midtown traffic fray. A dramatic, playful 15-minute centerpiece, "Announcement" opens with hammered-piano punctuated by rhythm, then terse alto/guitar statements and ripping solos by all. "Young In The 80s" starts reflectively but skids into a giddy, accelerating, self-mocking shuffle with tambourine, skiffle alto and singed 'arena-rock' guitar. Calm interludes break up the hilarity. "Now Came To Us" pairs alto and guitar in eerie 3/4 unison, "Movements in Style" flows from music-box piano into a dreamy alto/guitar line and a haunting "Ballad About Something" leaves us posing strange questions.
Fred Bouchard, All About Jazz-New York

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released March 31, 2020

Mika Pohjola - piano & composer
Miguel Zenón - saxophone
Ben Monder - guitar
Fernando Huergo - bass
Roberto Dani - drums

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Blue Music Group is the vision of composition, performance and production of Mika Pohjola. Having recorded his debut album for composer legend Gunther Schuller’s GM Recordings, Pohjola became a Steinway piano artist in 1997, and records a variety of music which is characterized by a particularly high quality.

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