Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Iro Haarla Quintet "Vespers"

Iro Haarla Quintet

Iro Haarla piano, harp
Mathias Eick trumpet
Trygve Seim tenor and soprano saxophone
Ulf Krokfors double-bass
Jon Christensen drums

Release Date: April 12, 2011

Six years after the much-loved “Northbound” – described by All About Jazz as “lovely, articulate, river-deep music”, a new album of emotionally- powerful ballads from outstanding composer-pianist-harpist Iro Haarla and her remarkable Finnish-Norwegian ensemble.

The line-up is unchanged, likewise the commitment of the players, top-flight improvisers, everyone. “Vespers” continues a tradition of music - and a scope feeling - that Iro helped establish in the Far North in her years as composer/arranger/orchestrator for Edward Vesala’s bands (and magical ECM recordings including “Lumi”, “Ode To The Death Of Jazz”, “Invisible Storm” and “Nordic Gallery”).

Listen to a few sample tracks here: http://player.ecmrecords.com/haarla

You should be able to find these albums in fine record stores but for your convenience, here are the links to the pages where you can order:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004I8AU1O?ie=UTF8&tag=various02-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B004I8AU1O

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/no/album/vespers/id416799405

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