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File under: big band

Umo Jazz Orchestra, Juhani Aaltonen, Raoul Björkenheim, Iro Haarla

The Sky Is Ruby

Label: TUM Records

Format: CD

Genre: Jazz

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 Raoul Björkenheim, who is one of the most adventurous guitarists on the contemporary scene, initially progressed from B.B. King to Frank Zappa and from John McLaughlin to John Coltrane in his search of a sound of his own. With his own groups, such as Krakatau, Björkenheim accomplished that goal more than two decades ago and has successfully brought this unique sound to his own compositions as well. For The Sky Is Ruby, Björkenheim penned eight inspired original compositions that make good use of the orchestra and its soloists, including tenor saxophone great Juhani Aaltonen and pianist/harpist Iro Haarla, plus the composer himself. The end result stands out as one of the rare recent recordings of improvised music for a larger ensemble that avoids repeating the by now trite mannerisms of traditional big band music.

File under: big band
Cat. number: TUM CD 017
Year: 2007
Recorded on April 24 and 25, 2006 at SoundTeam Godzinsky Studio, Kirkkonummi, Finland. Mixed at Varistoteles Studio, Vantaa, Finland. Mastered at DER in Tammisaari, Finland. Digipak

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