Mika Pohjola | On the Move

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On the Move

by Mika Pohjola

Acoustic Jazz. Mellow, heartfelt improvised music, feat. composer-pianist Mika Pohjola with Chris Cheek, Matt Penman and Roberto Dani.
Genre: Jazz: Third Stream
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1. The Ice That Breaks
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2. A Farmer's Dream
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3. And She Appeared
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4. The Secret of the Castle
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5. Reverie
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6. Snapshots
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7. Muistoja Torkkelinmäeltä
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8. Romance
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9. Swedish Folksong Off Broadway
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10. A Visit to Look Forward To
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Jazz pianist Mika Pohjola with Chris Cheek, Matt Penman and Roberto Dani on this out-of-print record. The last copies are for sale here at CD Baby.


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Glenn Astarita, All Music Guide

Pohjola conveys a sense of maturity
AMG EXPERT REVIEW: This 1997 outing represents Finland-born pianist/composer, Mika Pohjola’s second release, and serves as another example of the musician’s diverse repertoire and expansive jazz vernacular. Throughout, Pohjola, bassist Matt Penman, drummer Roberto Dani and saxophonist Chris Cheek meld peppery swing vamps with intricately organized micro-themes, amid an abundance of cleverly articulated harmonic developments. With the piece titled, "The Secret Of The Castle (With The Open Window)," Cheek and Pohjola render linear statements via a series of lower register, single note unison choruses atop sparse doses of free-jazz style interplay and semi-classical chord voicings. Overall, the band integrates memorably melodic motifs with traces of Scandinavian folk, sturdy ostinato rhythmic passages, vibrant swing grooves, and hearty soloing. Hence, Pohjola conveys a sense of maturity, which is indicative of a seasoned and well-traveled artist, despite his relatively brief tenure as a professional jazz musician. -- Glenn Astarita