With this compilation of unreleased material Joe Davidow honors his long working partnership with Paroni Paakkunainen, the Finnish saxophone giant. Different Moments is a collection of music from different sessions together with Paakkunainen, from 1978 to 1994. Although Davidow’s composing work has largely been in the field of electroacoustic music, this collection focuses on creative, improvisational jazz.
“When I first played with Paroni in the late 70’s, for me there was a connection that extended and enchanced whatever the musical idea in front of us. Till today this connection lives. Growing up in Bronx, I kind of grew up listening to Miles Davisat Carnagie Hall when others were listening to the Beatles. All my working life I’ve been moving between composing for instrumental, improvisational and contemporary electro acoustic music worlds. On this album I have put together the cream of my works in the category we could call improvisational jazz.”
The album comes adorned with striking paintings by Maxwell Gordon. Musicians joining Davidow and Paakkunainen on this album include Make Lievonen, Hasse Walli, Ilkka Hanski, Timothy Ferchen and Reiska Laine.