【Pekka Pylkkanen Tube Factory - Listen! 】(2010) ★★★★

(English follows Japanese)

 

 My Favorite Album (386)

  

By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review

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Pekka Pylkkänen(ペッカ・ピルッカネン)は1964年フィンランドはヘルシンキ出身のSax奏者にしてComposer, Educater10代からプロとしての活動を始め、渡米後にVince Mendoza, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Mercer Ellington, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Michael Abene, Odean Pope等と共演しています。

ヨーロッパに戻ってからは自己のバンドチューブ・ファクトリー"を率いて、世界中をTour; Finland, Denmark, Norway, The United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, The United States, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, China, Hong Kong、そして日本も。8年間で500本(!)のライブを行ったそうです。「学歴(?)」も物凄くて、Ingesund College of Music (Sweden), PAN School of Music (Tokyo Japan), Nagasaki University (Japan), EMU Education Musical (La Plata/Argentina), Collegium CEIM (Córdoba/Argentina), Souza Lima Conservatory (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Universidad de Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil), EMESP Tom Jobim (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Escuela de Musica Contemporanea (Buenos Aires/Argentina), Jazz House Lima (Lima/Peru), ISIM Conference (Chicago/USA), IASJ Meetings (Helsinki/Finland, Siena/Italy), MIDI School of Music (Beijing/China), Shanghai University (China), Contemporary Music Institute (Beijing/China), Institute for Performing Arts (Beijing/China), Carl Nielsen Academy /Denmark), Hong Kong Institute for Education, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Koyo Conservatory (Kobe/Japan), Tokyo College of Music (Japan)で学んでいます(ハァハァ)

さてさて、本作「Pekka Pylkkanen Tube Factory - Listen! 」は、全員フィンランド人の仲間で固めた作品です

いつものように最初に結論を("Conclusion First!"

素晴らしいです!

まずはPekka PylkkanenAltoSopranoの音色にやられました。過度に尖がってないマイルドな音色。その音色で硬派なアドリブを展開します

全曲Pylkkanenのオリジナル。良い意味で所謂「European Jazz」的な音楽ではありません。Michael Breckerの曲と演奏をもう少しマイルドにした感じ。とても聴き易いです

オープニングはヒップ&スインギーで壮快な『Rhythm Powder』。ラテンを取り入れ、ペッカがペルーのリマで会った特別な人に捧げた「Senor Alejandro」。映画『スター・ウォーズ』のヨーダをテーマにした「Master Yoda」等、楽曲も個性的。ペッカ自身の子供たちと世界中の子供たちを思い書き上げたという「Small Toes」も素敵な曲。とにかくペッカのサックスの音色が心地良いです。「ガツガツのAmerican Jazz」と「まろやかなEuropean Jazz」のいいとこ取り

▼ すべての曲が美メロ、美ハモでとても素敵。飽きないで最後の曲まで聴ける

▼ メンバー全員の演奏のQqualityが高い
▼ 「ガッツリ聴き」にも「まったり聴き」にも耐えられる
▼ 録音も◎

素敵です!

ぜひ試聴してみてください("Preview"のリンクで試聴できます)

(Personnel)

Pekka Pylkkänen - alto and soprano saxophones
Samuli Mikkonen – piano and keyboards
Pekka Luukka – guitar

Ville Huolman – bass

Jaska Lukkarinen – drums

 


(Track List)

1. Rhythm Powder                  

2. Escaping the Andes                    

3. Senor Alejandro                

4. Old C                   

5. Master Yoda                    

6. Small Toes              

7. Cry For Africa                 

Recorded at Finnvox Studio B, Helsinki, Finland

29-31 August 2008 by Antti Murto

All compositions and arrangements by
Pekka Pylkkänen

Pekka Pylkkänen - Website

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Preview & Digital Download

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Buy CD

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Related Video

Rhythm Powder - Pekka Pylkkanen Tube factory at the Cotton Club Tokyo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvjUTACtacQ


Liner Note by Bob Mintzer

I first met Pekka Pylkkanen in Helsinki in the early eighties while working in Helsinki with the UMO Big Band He was an aspiring saxophonist who approached me about having a lesson. I remember this young lad coming to my hotel with a moderate amount of skills and a strong desire to learn as much as he could about the music. Even then I sensed that this guy would go far. Fast-forward 25 years. Pekka send me a copy of his latest recording, and what I hear is a mature player who has truly come up with a compelling sound, both as a composer and instrumentalist. The music on this cd is simply great, and I am very happy to see and hear that Pekka has grown into the musician that he is today. He's created compositions with an elegant complexity that showcases his saxophone playing in a unique and personal way. The band sounds wonderful on Pekka's arrangements, and plays the musicwith grace and style. The music warrants multiple listenings in order to catch all the nuance of the writing and playing. I find that I like the music more with each listening.

I urge you all to let this recording grow on you, and spend the time to fully absorb all that it has to offer. Pekka Pylkkanen and company have made a great recording that will remain in my cd changer for quite a wile to come.

---Bob Mintzer

Review

Finnish jazz artist, saxophonist Pekka Pylkk
änen has released his third album, "Listen!", digitally on Blue Music Group. Featuring an all-Finnish lineup, the album contains a complete set of original compositions by Pylkkänen, which he has showcased on his many recent tours in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Pekka Pylkkänen (born in Helsinki, Finland, September 23, 1964) is a saxophonist, composer, jazz artist and educator, who has worked with many orchestras and groups during his career. Additionally, he has participated as a sideman with greats such as Vince Mendoza, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Mercer Ellington, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Michael Abene, Odean Pope, and many others.

Pylkkänen's own group has performed in Finland, Denmark, Norway, The United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, The United States, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Japan. He has appeared in more than five-hundred concerts abroad during the past eight years.

Pylkkänen has held master classes in improvisation, composition, ensemble playing and more, at Ingesund College of Music (Sweden), PAN School of Music (Tokyo Japan), Nagasaki University (Japan), EMU Education Musical (La Plata/Argentina), Collegium CEIM (Córdoba/Argentina), Souza Lima Conservatory (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Universidad de Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil), EMESP Tom Jobim (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Escuela de Musica Contemporanea (Buenos Aires/Argentina), Jazz House Lima (Lima/Peru), ISIM Conference (Chicago/USA), IASJ Meetings (Helsinki/Finland, Siena/Italy), MIDI School of Music (Beijing/China), Shanghai University (China), Contemporary Music Institute (Beijing/China), Institute for Performing Arts (Beijing/China), Carl Nielsen Academy /Denmark), Hong Kong Institute for Education, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Koyo Conservatory (Kobe/Japan), Tokyo College of Music (Japan). His two first CDs were released by Naxos Jazz. The latest album, on Blue Music Group, is called Listen!.


"Pylkk
änen is among the jazz elite in his native Finland. A stalwart member of the fabled UMO Jazz Orchestra, Pylkkänen shows his crafty wares on his solo debut for Naxos Jazz.On Pekka's Tube Factory, the multi-reedman displays a fine compositional pen, expressive, accomplished technical skilss and a keen ear for arranging."

-Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

 

"The Finnish wind specialist Pylkkänen leads a tight sextet trough moody, atmospheric pieces that explore with a purpose... As accomplished a group of musicians as these are, the human element is always present - a touchstone on the mournful but beautiful Lumi and a vivid theme in the intertwined layers of The Picture of Dorian Gray, an evocative take on the beuty and sadness of twisted desire."

-Hilarie S. Grey, JazzTimes

 

"He certainly maintains a very individual and always interesting sound."

-John Henry, Audiophile Audition

 

"Pekka Pylkkänen is back with another notable collection of razor sharp contemporary jazz. Pylkkänen, once again, blows through his variety of winds on this collection of mostly his originals."

-C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz