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A Special Bundle Price for 5 CDs by pianist & composer Mika Pohjola: • TRIO HOUR (w. Kyle Struve & Dan Loomis) • NORTHERN SUNRISE (w. Steve Wilson, Ben Monder, Massimo Biolcati & Mark Ferber) • LANDMARK (w. Miguel Zenón, Ben Monder, Fernando Huergo, Roberto Dani & Johanna Grüssner) • ANNOUNCEMENT (w. Chris Cheek, Matt Penman, Roberto Dani) • TWO FOR THE ROAD (w. Jill Seifers Walsh)
Pianist Mika Pohjola, bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Kyle Struve played 2005-09 on a weekly basis in Pohjola's studio on East 14th Street in Manhattan. The trio specialized in exploring improvisational concepts based on the framework and form of jazz standards. And this outing, recorded in early 2007, is precisely that: Jazz standards and explorations beyond.
The first four tracks, consisted of Con Alma by Dizzy Gillespie, Conception by George Shearing, In Your Own Sweet Way by Dave Brubeck and Prelude To A Kiss by Duke Ellington, are all one-take recordings, with no edits or even breaks in-between. The last two, Turn Out The Stars by Bill Evans, and I'm Glad There Is You by Jimmy Dorsey, are also played consecutively, about two months later. The setlist was decided on the recording days, and no pre-planning, rehearsal or arrangement of the songs were made.
This recording breathes spontaneity from start to finish. A mood, as most often set in an introduction by Pohjola, is confirmed with sonorities by Struve and a constructive scheme by Loomis. Then the adventure wanders from place to place never ending where it started. This is especially true for the daring Turn Out The Stars, originally a ballad, where in this version the melody is only hinted towards the end.
The musical sound of Trio Hour is a result of frequent playing by this formation, during which the confidence in the unknown have found its space and shape, to be printed in fresh renditions on tape on these two recording days.
released May 16, 2013
Mika Pohjola - piano
Dan Loomis - bass
Kyle Struve - drums
Brilliant album! If you're a non-jazz listener who wants to give jazz a try, this might be a good choice! To cite the allaboutjazz.com review: "subtle musical moods and simple, enchanting melodies". Apart of the quality of the compositions and the playing, I especially love the sound of sax player Óskar Gudjónsson! Carsten Pieper