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Wood, Juli Quartet / Synkka Metsa (Dark Forest)
Album:Synkka Metsa (Dark Forest) Collection:Jazz
Artist:Wood, Juli Quartet Added:08/2015
Label:Oa2 Records 

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Add Date:2015-09-11 Pull Date:2015-11-13 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2015-09-02 

Finnish folk songs played in jazz styles on a tenor sax. Lyrics and notes on case provide context. Recording quality could be better; but still interesting and worth playing

No FCC's (all instrumental)

Lapin Aidin Kehto Laulu (Lapland Mother's Cradle Song) strong melody played by sax segues into jazz riffs with percussive underpinnings; not very lullaby-ish, but interesting; trails off at end 5:04

Taivas on Sininen Ja Valkoinen (The Sky Is Blue and White) – extended sax solo with some percussion 7:30

*Karjalan Kunnailla (Hills of Karelia) more pensive (I can picture those hills) – nice guitar plus sax 4:40

*Valiaikainen (Temporary) –familiar sounding melody, repurposed polka, but nice 5:30

Ken Voi Tyynessa Seilata (Who Can Sail in the Calm?) starts off with bass; nice slow melancholy waltz which then peps up 5:02

Toul' on Mun Kultani (There Is My Sweetheart) solo sax; sound quality less than optimal 3:47

Tuohinen Sormus (Birchbark Ring) – tune sounds a little generic played this way, 6:17

Villiruusu (Wild Rose) - more interesting melody to start, more drum work; nice trilling fadeout at the end 3:00

Track Listing
1.Lapin Aidin Kehto Laulu (Lapland Mother's Cradle Song) 5.Ken Voi Tyynessa Seilata (Who Can Sail In The Calm?)
2.Taivas On Sininen Ja Valkoinen (The Sky Is Blue And White) 6.Toul' On Mun Kultani (There Is My Sweetheart)
3.Karjalan Kunnailla (Hills Of Karelia) 7.Tuohinen Sormus (Birchbark Ring)
4.Valiaikainen (Temporary) 8.Villiruusu (Wild Rose)