JUHANI AALTONEN

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Juhani Aaltonen (born December 12, 1935) is a Finnish jazz saxophonist and flautist. Born in Kouvola, Finland, he began playing professionally at the end of the 1950s. He played in a sextet led by Heikki Rosendahl during that time, and then studied flute performance at the Sibelius Academy and in the U.S. at the Berklee College of Music. Moving back to Finland, he settled in Helsinki and began working both as a session musician and with fusion groups. Later in the 1960s he formed a duo with Edward Vesala, as well as in the group Eero Koivistoinen for four years. He played with Tasavallan Presidentti in their earlier days, including for their first, eponymous, album. He recorded with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis and with Heikki Sarmanto in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and his first album as a soloist, Etiquette, was released in 1974. In 1975, he became a read more...
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JUHANI AALTONEN Etiquette album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Etiquette
Avant-Garde Jazz 1974
JUHANI AALTONEN Juhani Aaltonen & Otto Donner ‎: Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Juhani Aaltonen & Otto Donner ‎: Strings
Fusion 1976
JUHANI AALTONEN Springbird album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Springbird
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
JUHANI AALTONEN Strings Revisited (with Henrik Otto Donner and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strings Revisited (with Henrik Otto Donner and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2003
JUHANI AALTONEN Reflections (with Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reflections (with Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
JUHANI AALTONEN Illusion Of A Ballad album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Illusion Of A Ballad
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
JUHANI AALTONEN Conclusions album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Conclusions
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2009
JUHANI AALTONEN Déja Vu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Déja Vu
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2009
JUHANI AALTONEN Juhani Aaltonen & Teemu Hämäläinen Sacral Strings : Carmina Sacra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Juhani Aaltonen & Teemu Hämäläinen Sacral Strings : Carmina Sacra
Third Stream 2010
JUHANI AALTONEN Conversations (with Heikki Sarmanto) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Conversations (with Heikki Sarmanto)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2011
JUHANI AALTONEN Juhani Aaltonen Plays Heikki Sarmanto ‎: Tomorrow Is You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Juhani Aaltonen Plays Heikki Sarmanto ‎: Tomorrow Is You
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2013
JUHANI AALTONEN To Future Memories – The Music Of Antti Hytti album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To Future Memories – The Music Of Antti Hytti
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2013
JUHANI AALTONEN Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla : Kirkastus album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla : Kirkastus
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2015

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JUHANI AALTONEN Prana - Live At Groovy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prana - Live At Groovy
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
JUHANI AALTONEN Mother Tongue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mother Tongue
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003

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JUHANI AALTONEN Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla : Kirkastus

Album · 2015 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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Juhani Aaltonen and Iro Haarla have been playing together for quite a while now having first meet in the early 1970’s whilst Iro was still a teenager and still studying music and then again a few years later when both were performing with Edward Vesala in the late 70’s and early 80’s where after they went their own ways until reuniting in 2002 whilst recording for the Finnish Jazz label Tum with both appearing on various albums led by Juhani or Iro with the label since. Juhani Aaltonen plays tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute and bass flute within this recording “Kirkastus” whilst Iro Haarla is on piano, harp , guzheng or chen ( Chinese stringed instrument) and percussion for this duo recording released in 2015. Both have extensive histories in music with Juhani first releasing his debut as a leader in 1974 for the album “Etiquette” as well as performing with the Rock band Tasavallan Presidenti whilst Iro Haarla has kept working right up till the late 1990’s with her husband Edward Vesala until his death and did not release an album until 2001 under her own name in conjunction with the saxophonist Pepa Paivanen who also had been playing with Edward Vesala. All the recordings included within the album are written by Iro and as such are predominately intricate ballads with perhaps her most well known album being “Vespers” released in 2011 with the ECM label and a prime showcase for her style of Jazz composing.

“Evening Prayer” open subtlety with Juhani on Tenor saxophone and Iro playing piano for this lovely gentle ballad where one hear can the understanding both musicians have between each other with some beautiful solo input with the piano from Iro on this near six minute piece which is followed by “Out Of The depths” with Juhani on flute and Iro on piano and adding in addition a chimed percussion and although it another ballad which the whole album being it is the variety of instruments used throughout the compositions that keep things from not sounding all the same with the playing still remaining in a beautiful gentle mode.”Still Waters”, “Nightjar” and “ Long Sole Sound” has Iro playing Harp whereas Juhani plays flute on three of the ten ballads and Iro plays the chen on only one for ‘Nightjar” being one of my picks with the addition of “Long Sole Sound” where bass flute and harp are combined keeping the album interesting throughout all the tracks.

Lovely relaxed music with some great playing from Juhani in these beautiful low key compositions and although Juhani Aaltonen is first in the credits it is Iro Haarla’s just as much. She has her own style of composing and it is quite individual leaving her own mark on modern Jazz which is beautifully displayed on this album. Great for those quiet times.

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