HEIKKI SARMANTO

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Composer and pianist Heikki Sarmanto, a leading figure in Finnish jazz, has been Internationally acclaimed for his symphonic, orchestral and jazz ensemble works, as well as numerous, distinctively personal mixture of idioms from jazz, classical and ethnic music. In the 1960s, Sarmanto studied at the Sibelius Academy and was the first Finnish jazz musician to win a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1970, he was chosen Jazz Musician of the Year in Finland and the following year he won top prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival in both piano and combo categories.

Sarmanto premiered "Suomi", his symphonic jazz poem, at Carnegie Hall In 1988 with his own quartet and the New York Pops Orchestra. A decade earlier, his "New Hope Jazz Mass", a work for mixed choir, jazz ensemble and soprano, was commissioned for the opening of New York's Saint Peter's Church. The work was also featured
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HEIKKI SARMANTO Counterbalance album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Counterbalance
Fusion 1971
HEIKKI SARMANTO Heikki Sarmanto Serious Music Ensemble ‎: Like A Fragonard album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heikki Sarmanto Serious Music Ensemble ‎: Like A Fragonard
Fusion 1971
HEIKKI SARMANTO Everything Is It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Everything Is It
Progressive Big Band 1972
HEIKKI SARMANTO Open Ear album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Open Ear
Fusion 1976
HEIKKI SARMANTO Syksy Ja Muita Lauluja album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Syksy Ja Muita Lauluja
Fusion 1976
HEIKKI SARMANTO Sarmanto  / Leino : Moment Musical album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sarmanto / Leino : Moment Musical
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1978
HEIKKI SARMANTO Finlandia Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Finlandia Suite
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1981
HEIKKI SARMANTO Suomi - A Symphonic Poem For Orchestra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suomi - A Symphonic Poem For Orchestra
Third Stream 1984
HEIKKI SARMANTO Passions Of A Man - A Suite For Jazz Orchestra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Passions Of A Man - A Suite For Jazz Orchestra
Third Stream 1987
HEIKKI SARMANTO Music From: Felix The Great album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music From: Felix The Great
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1988
HEIKKI SARMANTO Moonflower album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moonflower
Post Bop 2007

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HEIKKI SARMANTO New Hope Jazz Mass (with Gregg Smith Vocal Quartet  / Long Island Symphonic Choral Association) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Hope Jazz Mass (with Gregg Smith Vocal Quartet / Long Island Symphonic Choral Association)
Third Stream 1979
HEIKKI SARMANTO A Boston Date album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Boston Date
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2008
HEIKKI SARMANTO Helsinki Tapes Vol 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Helsinki Tapes Vol 1
Fusion 2017
HEIKKI SARMANTO Helsinki Tapes Vol 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Helsinki Tapes Vol 2
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2017
HEIKKI SARMANTO Helsinki Tapes Vol 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Helsinki Tapes Vol 3
Fusion 2017
HEIKKI SARMANTO Flowers In The Water album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flowers In The Water
Fusion 2019

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HEIKKI SARMANTO Counterbalance

Album · 1971 · Fusion
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I recently came across Heikki Sarmanto's "Counterbalance" while browsing through CD's at my (only) local record shop. I had never heard of Heikki Sarmanto, but the cover of the album immediately intrigued me. It has a photo of Heikki and the band, immersed in a red/orange light, and looking very hippie-ish (I, of course, later discovered that this was not the original cover, which was even cooler). I thought to myself, "There must be some interesting sounding jazz coming from these guys." I was right.

On "Counterbalance," Heikki and his Serious Music Ensemble, as his band came to be known, lay down some exquisite, slightly psychedelic, jam-based numbers. The playing is loose and improvised, but never gets lost or sloppy, and the band always holds together as a cohesive unit.

Since acquiring this CD I have gone on to get several other early releases by Heikki and his Serious Music Ensemble, all of which I am really enjoying. I have come to realize that the Finnish music scene (jazz and otherwise) of the late 60's and 70's had a lot to offer.

The music on "Counterbalance" creates a very "chill" atmosphere, even though the band can get very energetic and busy at times. The music presented here definitely leans toward fusion, but not in a Mahavishnu Orchestra or Weather Report way. This is perfect late night music for social gatherings or solo listening sessions. Highly recommended: 4 stars!

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