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The Secret of the Castle is based on the 19th century novel by Charles Walton, in which three young men are haunted by an evil ghost in Scotland. The ghost alters the minds of the youngsters and even exchanges the behavior and personalities between them in the most peculiar ways. One of the men is in love with the local farmer's daughter, and she is with him. However, the ghost succeeds to make every encounter between them to a hateful dream. This fascinating novel ends with a dramatic capture of the ghost at Edinburgh after a conspiracy by the farmer himself. The ghost is sentenced in house arrest for 380 years, the farmer becomes the governor, and the three men are set free. Pianist and composer Mika Pohjola's follow-up to his GM Recordings release, Myths and Beliefs. Featuring here Pohjola's regulars - Matt Penman on bass, Roberto Dani on drums and special guest Chris Cheek on saxophones - the group demonstrates a matured interplay which cater Pohjola's compositional mind very favorably. No wonder, in the mid and late 1990s, Mika Pohjola toured Europe, Japan and the United States with this group at a rapid pace. The trio recorded the remarkable one-nighter, Jazz Capital of the World, at the Blue Note jazz club in New York two months before this program, and two years later, with Chris Cheek the critically acclaimed Announcement and the rare English Breakfast live album from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

The Secret of the Castle features Pohjola's all original fairy-tale songs with a visionary jazz sound.

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released February 1, 1997

Mika Pohjola - piano & composer
Chris Cheek - saxophone
Matt Penman - 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 started self-releasing in 1997, and recording other artists in 2008, New York jazz as well as Swedish contemporary classical musicians.

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