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Bullhorn

by Verneri Pohjola

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Mike Kidd
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Mike Kidd I love the way Verneri manipulates mood and intensity in these pieces, with his fantastically expressive tone. Beautiful composition, great improvisation, lovely interplay between musicians - outstanding. Favorite track: Cold Blodded.
Ed Buckley
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Ed Buckley I'm sure many visitors to my page disagree with my calling some releases jazz. That will not be the case here, as this is unequivocally modern jazz. While it breaks no new ground, the compositions and playing are excellent. Generally a quartet outing, some tracks are augmented by sax, cello and trombone (track 2 being an excellent example). This is a highly recommended addition for those fans of Gondwana's releases, as this is stylistically quite similar.
john greenwood
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john greenwood Listening to Verneri play with such a smooth delivery and yet intensity all at the same time evokes a lot of emotion. His playing is relaxed and inviting, easy to marinate your thoughts in. I can't wait for the vinyl to arrive, I like this more with every listen. Thanks for the Music. ##The Vinyl is Fantastic!! Well worth the money!! Favorite track: Girls of Costa Rica.
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Bullhorn is the new album by Finnish trumpeter/composer, Verneri Pohjola, his third as leader. Based in Helsinki, the thirty-six year old has been in the international spotlight for the past few years and is acknowledged as a jazz star in the making. His distinctive tone, with its deeply affecting purity and lyricism, and highly melodic improvising is embedded in self-penned compositions marked by memorable and imaginative themes that steer clear of any hackneyed notion of ‘Nordic’ jazz.

Bullhorn is a key album in Pohjola’s career, marking the shift from a rising start to an artist of real substance with a powerful, unique sound and a sense of deepening maturity and clarity of vision. Bullhorn is the album that finally realises Verneri’s enormous creative potential.

Featuring his long term associates and friends: pianist Aki Rissanen, bassist Antti Lötjönen and drummer Teppo Mäkynen, Bullhorn undertakes a panoramic overview of Verneri’s wide-ranging, evocative yet energetic approach to music-making, anchored in his strong, personal sound. As Pohjola explains: ‘It has the intimate sounds and lyricism in improvised passages that I love, but also the rough energy and emphasis on the compositions – everything I want to express in my music’.

In addition, Pohjola has set out on Bullhorn to capture the joy and spontaneity that occur in performance between these four like-minded individuals; the vital element of music making and ‘jazz’ that makes each performance a unique and personal statement.

A truly progressive artist with a firm understanding of popular culture providing the foundation of his art, Verneri Pohjola is on the brink of becoming one of the most exciting and original musicians of his generation. In fact, he’s almost ready to blow his own bullhorn.

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released February 9, 2015

VERNERI POHJOLA trumpet
AKI RISSANEN piano
ANTTI LÖTJÖNEN bass
TEPPO MÄKYNEN drums

Additional musicians:
JUSSI KANNASTE tenor saxophone
ILMARI POHJOLA trombone
IIDA LAINE cello

Recorded and mixed by Mikko Raita at Petrax Studios, Hollola, Finland between 26th and 28th August 2014.

Mixed by Mikko Raita at Studio Kekkonen, Helsinki, Finland between 29th September and 1st October 2014.

Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers West, Espoo, Finland on 13th October 2014.

Artwork photography by Aga Tomaszek except recording studio photography by Jori Grönroos.

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Verneri Pohjola Helsinki, Finland

Approaching his 40th birthday, Verneri is in his musical prime. With an undeniably unique trumpet sound and a gift for blending raw emotion, technical finesse and control and with an ear adept at finding the middle way between accessibility and the avant-garde, he has developed an impressive profile in his home country and internationally as a leading European jazz performer, and composer. ... more

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