IRO HAARLA — Vespers (review)

IRO HAARLA — Vespers album cover Album · 2011 · Post-Fusion Contemporary Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
snobb
ECM label releases from early 70s were very often an event (if not revolutionary) each. Unfortunately quite soon they found their formula combining crystal clear sound with cool atmosphere and always high quality but too comfortable and very predictable jazz (sometimes on the border with new age).It looked magic has gone forever.

It's great,that some decades later returning to their more current releases I can find adventurous music again (and more often during last years). Don't think they will switch to experimental jazz label ever, but it's really great their releases has that mature beauty of real jazz instead of one-time sound wallpapers they were deep in.

Finnish pianist and harpist Iro Haarla's second ECM release is one of such label's releases - great balance between pre-composed (even classic influenced) music and jazz improvs, aerial,very Nordic, but at the same time - warm and melodic.

Iro Haarla possibly isn't well known as solo artist, but for years she was very influenced to her later husband, finnish drummer Edward Vesala's music. He played with Garbarek as well as on many ECM collaborations and solo albums, and his wive was a main person who transformed his early chaotic and structureless free improvs to more organized ,even melodic compositions.

"Vespers" is avant-garde jazz album which doesn't sound much as such. Very female music - with million of nuances, softer edges and melancholic atmosphere, it never turns to mellow or nostalgic.Sax player Trygve Seim,bassist Uffe Krokfors and drummer Jon Christensen all are Nordic jazz veterans (all of them played with Edward Vesala as well),the only less experienced this Finnish-Norvegian quintet's member is trumpeter Mathias Eick, who demonstrates his absolute competency there.

Nine complex,but quite easy for listening fluid compositions of cool Nordic beauty and warmer melancholy with great interplays between all musicians - great ECM early 2011 release, one between their best albums during some last years.
Share this review

Review Comments

Post a public comment below | Send private message to the reviewer
Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
My Favorite Things Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

Event Horizon Post Bop
EVENT HORIZON
Buy this album from MMA partners
Workingman’s Dead : The Angel’s Share Jazz Related Rock
GRATEFUL DEAD
Buy this album from MMA partners
First Rose of Spring Pop/Art Song/Folk
WILLIE NELSON
Buy this album from MMA partners
Lockdown Sessions Fusion
MARK WIBBERLEY
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Jazz Online Videos

Blue Star
WILLIE NELSON
js· 5 hours ago
Butterfly
MARK WIBBERLEY
js· 9 hours ago
And the Devil Too
SUGAR BLUE
js· 2 days ago
The Light That Shines
PATCHWORK JAZZ ORCHESTRA
js· 2 days ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us