VERNERI POHJOLA

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Verneri Pohjola has established a reputation as one of Finland's leading -- and busiest -- jazz musicians, but music is in his blood, as he's the son of Pekka Pohjola, one of the country's most adventurous bass players who came of age in the prog rock era of the 1970s. Born in Helsinki, Phojola grew up on movie soundtracks and rock playing "a little bit of everything" before settling mostly on trumpet in a school orchestra. His brother introduced him to jazz which has become his main love. He does still play piano and drums "to fend off boredom." He's active in five bands, Quintessence, the Don Johnson Big Band, Silvio, Q-continuum and his main outlet, the Ilmielikki Quartet, of which he's the leader. The last of these groups came together in 2002 and released their first album, March of the Alpha Males, which received a nomination for an Emma read more...
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VERNERI POHJOLA Verneri Pohjola & UMO Jazz Orchestra / Kerkko Koskinen : Agatha album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Verneri Pohjola & UMO Jazz Orchestra / Kerkko Koskinen : Agatha
Progressive Big Band 2007
VERNERI POHJOLA Aurora album cover 3.57 | 4 ratings
Aurora
Nu Jazz 2009
VERNERI POHJOLA Hot Pot Place Around The Corner album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Hot Pot Place Around The Corner
Nu Jazz 2010
VERNERI POHJOLA Verneri Pohjola - Joonas Riippa - Aki Rissanen ‎: Music For The Play Mr Vertigo album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Verneri Pohjola - Joonas Riippa - Aki Rissanen ‎: Music For The Play Mr Vertigo
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2011
VERNERI POHJOLA Ancient History album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Ancient History
Nu Jazz 2012
VERNERI POHJOLA Rubidium (with Black Motor) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Rubidium (with Black Motor)
Nu Jazz 2013
VERNERI POHJOLA Bullhorn album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Bullhorn
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2015
VERNERI POHJOLA Flame Jazz Messengers - Port Arthur album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flame Jazz Messengers - Port Arthur
Post Bop 2016
VERNERI POHJOLA Pekka album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Pekka
Fusion 2017
VERNERI POHJOLA Verneri Pohjola & Mika Kallio : Animal Image album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Verneri Pohjola & Mika Kallio : Animal Image
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2018

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VERNERI POHJOLA Pohjola, Garbowski, Gradziuk : Gemstones album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Pohjola, Garbowski, Gradziuk : Gemstones
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018

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VERNERI POHJOLA Aurora

Album · 2009 · Nu Jazz
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Verneri is the son of one of the most respected Finnish jazz-rock musicians, Pekka Pohjola (bassist with Wigwam, solo works, collaboration with Mike Oldfield, etc). Verneri's debut album was released in Finland back in 2009, but only two years later, when German ACT re-released it (with different cover art) this work received international success.

Verneri Pohjola is a session trumpeter known in Finland from his teens, it's obvious that Miles Davis was a serious influence on him. On his debut he displays really successful ideas combining a few different rhythmic styles while accompanied by a pianist, reed players and a string sextet.

From the very first sounds, this album will remind you of early NP Molvaer's recordings - same clear air/ambient feeling, relaxed Nordic space and some folk motives deeply under the surface. But even if Molvaer's/Nordic nu jazz influence is present on almost every composition, there are more elements that are more personal.

First of all Verneri's trumpet is more energetic and even "hot", as he is closer to Miles than to Molvaer in moments. Also, this music is more orchestrated, not so ascetic. Finally, some explosive moments and neo-classical piano are obvious signs of the Finnish school.

In all, its a better than average album and a really great debut. It could attract Nordic nu jazz fans searching for hotter sounds as well as lovers of great melodic well arranged but not too mellow music. In any case, this release has more life than many ECM recordings made by Finnish musicians. Only a bit more rough and energetic sound could make this music better ( but the music as it is, perfectly fits to ACT label sound as you could expect).

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