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Pekka Pohjola was born into a hugely musical family, with choirmaster Ensti Pohjola for a father and Erkki Pohjola, a well-known music pedagogue and long-serving conductor of the Tapiola Choir as his uncle.His cousin is Sakari Oramo, the former Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and current Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

Pohjola's musical output took influences from jazz, rock, folk music and traditional hymns. He initially studied classical music at the Sibelius Academy (piano & violin, and he came close to winning the Finnish nationals on the latter instrument), but switched over to rock, choosing the electric bass allegedly inspired by the example of The Beatles. He began his professional career with Eero, Jussi and The Boys, and then moved to the highly influential Finnish progressive rock outfit Wigwam. A solo career then
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PEKKA POHJOLA Pihkasilmä kaarnakorva album cover 3.54 | 10 ratings
Pihkasilmä kaarnakorva
Jazz Related Rock 1972
PEKKA POHJOLA Harakka Bialoipokku / B the Magpie album cover 3.94 | 13 ratings
Harakka Bialoipokku / B the Magpie
Jazz Related Rock 1974
PEKKA POHJOLA Keesojen lehto / The Mathematician's Air Display album cover 3.57 | 5 ratings
Keesojen lehto / The Mathematician's Air Display
Jazz Related Rock 1977
PEKKA POHJOLA Visitation album cover 3.97 | 7 ratings
Jazz Related Rock 1979
PEKKA POHJOLA Kätkävaaran lohikäärme album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Kätkävaaran lohikäärme
Jazz Related Rock 1980
PEKKA POHJOLA Urban Tango album cover 4.38 | 3 ratings
Urban Tango
Jazz Related Rock 1982
PEKKA POHJOLA Jokamies / Everyman album cover 2.32 | 5 ratings
Jokamies / Everyman
Jazz Related Rock 1983
PEKKA POHJOLA Space Waltz album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Space Waltz
Jazz Related Rock 1985
PEKKA POHJOLA Flight of the Angel album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Flight of the Angel
Jazz Related Rock 1986
PEKKA POHJOLA Changing Waters album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Changing Waters
Jazz Related Rock 1992
PEKKA POHJOLA Pewit album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jazz Related Rock 1997
PEKKA POHJOLA Views album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jazz Related Rock 2001


PEKKA POHJOLA Sinfonia no. 1 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Sinfonia no. 1
Third Stream 1990

PEKKA POHJOLA live albums

PEKKA POHJOLA Live in Japan album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Japan
Jazz Related Rock 1995
PEKKA POHJOLA Heavy Jazz: Live in Helsinki and Tokyo album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Heavy Jazz: Live in Helsinki and Tokyo
Jazz Related Rock 1995

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PEKKA POHJOLA New Impressionist album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Impressionist
Jazz Related Rock 1987
PEKKA POHJOLA Pihkasilmä kaarnakorva / Harakka Bialoipokku album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pihkasilmä kaarnakorva / Harakka Bialoipokku
Jazz Related Rock 1990

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PEKKA POHJOLA Jokamies / Everyman

Album · 1983 · Jazz Related Rock
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Having heard Pekka Pohjola's first four solo albums before taking on this one, this one came across as something of a departure to me, dominated as it is by synthesisers. It comes across as an attempt to blend classical choral work with New Agey synthesiser meditations, and whilst there's nothing inherently silly about that idea at the same time I don't think it works particularly successfully here; rather than creating a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts, I feel that the album ends up adding subpar New Age music to subpar choral music and ends up with something mildly more irritating than either of its halves.

Those who come to Pekka's music specifically looking for his Zappa-esque hyperactive workouts or his more sedate fusion styles (as seen in albums such as Visitation) will find this album a disappointing oddity. Those who are particularly interested in fusions of electronic music and choral music might consider this a worthwhile attempt, but I'm sure there's better examples of this sort of thing out there.


Album · 1979 · Jazz Related Rock
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Having spent two albums edging away from the comedic, Zappa-inspired whimsicality of his debut solo album, Pohjola injects a sense of fun back into his music with Visitation, particularly on the energetic and almost funky Dancing In the Dark. What's particularly notable here is that at this point the overt Frank Zappa homages are entirely out of the picture, Pohjola having arrived at his own distinctive style of fusion which is expressed with style and verve over the course of the album. Without any guest stars of the stature of Mike Oldfield to overshadow him, Visitation is purely Pohjola through and through, and an excellent expression of his maturing musical personality.

PEKKA POHJOLA Keesojen lehto / The Mathematician's Air Display

Album · 1977 · Jazz Related Rock
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For his third solo album, Virgin offered Pekka Pohjola the chance to take advantage of the talents of Mike and Sally Oldfield and Pierre Moerlen - an inspired choice of guest artists, since the musical direction here moves yet further away from the Zappa-influenced sound of Pohjola's first two albums to explore a more serious brand of contemplative jazz-rock of a sort which would appeal to fans of Oldfield's work or of Pierre Moerlen's Gong's albums from this era.

Sadly, the presence of a star of Mike Oldfield's stature on the album would enable a scam which proved too tempting for the publishers to resist: in some territories, the album was entitled The Consequences of Indecisions and released as a Mike Oldfield album, a completely outrageous decision particularly considering that Pekka has sole songwriting credit on the album! Some other releases of the album credit it to Mike Oldfield, Sally Oldfield, and Pekka Pohjola - with Mike Oldfield's as the most prominent. These incredibly disrespectful rebrandings of the album represents a blatant attempt at deceiving the record-buying public into thinking that they were buying another Mike Oldfield album, but whilst the album would appeal to Oldfield fans, it's very much Pekka's show, and to misrepresent that is not only insulting to him, but is also kind of disrespectful to Mike Oldfield too.

None of that is relevant to my final rating, of course, which I am basing solely on the music presented here, but I did want to highlight that because I don't like the idea of people paying top dollar for a "rare Mike Oldfield album" only to find it's this.

PEKKA POHJOLA Harakka Bialoipokku / B the Magpie

Album · 1974 · Jazz Related Rock
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Pekka Pohjola's second solo album sees him growing beyond the influence of Frank Zappa and exerting his own intriguing vision of fusion. The Zappa influence is still there, but on this album Pohjola also shows an ability to slow things down and adopt a more sombre and melancholic mood here, a majestic and uplifting air there. This greater versatility helps distinguish the album from its predecessor and establishes a unique atmosphere which sets it apart from other efforts in the fusion genre, as well as Pohjola's work in Wigwam. Fans of Pohjola's first album will be well advised to check this one out and witness his growth as an artist.

PEKKA POHJOLA Pihkasilmä kaarnakorva

Album · 1972 · Jazz Related Rock
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Pekka Pohjola's debut solo album is a technically and compositionally adept tribute to Frank Zappa, one of Pohjola's great musical heroes. Not explicitly, of course, but there's no mistaking that Pohjola on this album is following the fusion blueprint Zappa established on Hot Rats and using it as the basis of his own work. And it's pretty excellent work too - Pohjola's bass playing is of course a highlight, but all the instrumentalists get their chance in the spotlight. Although some of the compositions do outstay their welcome a little - only to be expected when Pohjola also had a fairly prolific career with Wigwam at the time and had to split his ideas between solo albums and Wigwam albums - by and large this is a great contribution to the Zappa-influenced side of the fusion genre, though it doesn't quite match the stature of Hot Rats.

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