Eero Koivistoinen - Altered Things (1991/2015) [Fusion, Neo-Bop]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Eero Koivistoinen - Altered Things (1991/2015) [Fusion, Neo-Bop]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 31 Dec 2016, 06:52

Artist: Eero Koivistoinen
Album: Altered Things
Genre: Fusion, Neo-Bop
Label: Timeless Records/Solid Records Japan/Ultra-Vibe
Released: 1991/2015
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. Kabuki (5:29)
  2. Altered Things (6:46)
  3. Film Noir (7:54)
  4. Everblue (7:07)
  5. Van Gogh (7:52)
  6. Palapeli (5:16)
  7. Clear Dream (4:06)
  8. Inspiration (5:07)
  9. Maghreb (8:40)
  10. BLT (5:07)


  • Eero Koivistoinen - tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Randy Brecker - trumpet
  • Conrad Herwig - trombone
  • Dave Kikoski - piano
  • John Scofield - guitar
  • Ron McClure - bass
  • Jack DeJohnette - drums
  • Bugge Wesseltoft - synthesizer {#3, 5, 6}

Reissue with the latest remastering and the original cover artwork. Comes with a description written in Japanese. Finland's premier saxophonist Koivistoinen ventured to New York City for this CD and employed some of the finest jazz players, including trombonist Conrad Herwig, trumpeter Randy Brecker, pianist David Kikoski, bassist Ron McClure, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and guitarist John Scofield (on four cuts). Bugge Wesseltoft plays rather innocent, unobtrusive sythesizer on three other pieces. The horn charts are smartly arranged by the tenor and soprano saxophonist, and played to perfection. The music is contemporary, bop-based, modernistic, and well-swung by DeJohnette's personalized chatty signature rhythms.

At their hippest and most basic, the band grooves on "Everblue," one of eight tracks Koivistionen penned. Brecker, Herwig, and Eero's tenor are united in a Horace Silver-type head nod. The easier swing of "Magreb" has a different Euro-soul, an ultra bright chart based on Kikoski pedal point piano. A similar vehicle from Kikoski informs Seppo Kantonen's "Kabuki," another cool chart with Scofield's electric guitar darting and searching for prismatic colors. McClure's piece "Inspiration" is a good swinger with tenor, trumpet, and trombone debating in point-counterpoint one-upmanship fashion. "Van Gogh" is a tenor-led tango with pining background horns, while the seascape beauty of "Clear Dream" – with soprano and piano only – gives a lush hint at the leader's soft side. Koivistoinen displays a nice combination of Wayne Shorter's harmonic sense and Michael Brecker's lyricism. This is highly recommended.

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