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Jukka Tolonen

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4.07 | 32 ratings | 2 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Wedding Song (4:50)
2. A Warm Trip With Taija (8:45)
3. Impressions of India (5:27)
4. Thinking Of You In The Moonshine (6:28)
5. Summer Games (5:25)
6. See You (Missing My Crazy Baby) (3:36)

Total Time: 34:31

Line-up / Musicians

- Jukka Tolonen / electric & acoustic guitars, Mini-Moog, tabla, piano, composer & arranger

- Pekka Poyry / soprano (1,2,6) & alto (5) saxophones, flute (2-4)
- Jussi Aalto/ trombone (1,4-6)
- Erkki Koskimo / trombone (2,3)
- Paroni Paakkunainen/ flute (1,5,6)
- Erik Danholm/ flute (2)
- Heikki Virtanen / string bass (1), bass (2-5)
- Esko Rosnell / drums (3-5), percussion (1)
- Reino Laine / drums (2)

Releases information

Artwork: Ben Kaila (photo)

LP Love Records ‎- LRLP 91 (1973, Finland)
LP Svart Records ‎- SRE041 (2016, Finland)

CD Love Records ‎- LRCD 91 (2004, Finland) Remastered by Pauli Saastamoinen

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(53%)
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Review by Matti
4 stars (A shame how few reviews Jukka Tolonen has gained here; again mine is the first one.)

A while ago I gave full rating to The Hook, the third solo album by the Finnish ex-virtuoso guitarist Jukka TOLONEN (born 1952). Recently I've listened to all of his four first albums and I still think The Hook is the best, as well as the fullest of lively Jazz / Fusion spirit. Probably the debut Tolonen! (1971) is his best remembered work, but in my opinion he matured as a composer especially in these early years. Georgie-award (that's a Finnish yearly award for jazz) winning Summer Games is again produced by Måns Groundstroem. At this time Tolonen was influenced by Chick Corea's Return To Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra (and also Bo Hansson's Lord of the Rings!), but his music remains distinctively Finnish in nature, and is very much at home in the famous Love Records discography of the time.

This album is mellower and more romantic than the ones before and after it. 'Wedding Song' is a serene, relaxed tune that reminds of JADE WARRIOR at their most romantic. Acoustic guitar is accompanied by reeds (flute, soprano sax, trombone) and the rhythm section that stays in the background. A prog listener may get associations also to the soft side of the earliest KING CRIMSON. 'A Warm Trip With Taija' - Taija being his wife - is livelier and jazzier, and twice the length, thus allowing the various instruments have solistic space. Tolonen plays also Mini-Moog and tabla on this beautiful track.

'Impressions of India' starts with a lonely acoustic guitar; the percusions, flute and trombone enter later. A joyful, rather fast number with an Oriental flavour, but not among the best. 'Thinking of You in the Moonshine' slows down the tempo and offers a dreamy, nocturnal piece of music that is hard to pigeonhole into any specific genre. It's a deeply progressive composition that gets more energetic towards the end. The title track is lighthearted and playful like the second track, and the only one to feature Tolonen's piano. I can imagine it being played on an old TV film about people enjoying sunny summer (they often used to have jazz music in them). The final track 'See You (Missing My Baby)' is, as you guess, romantic and mellow, featuring just reeds and acoustic guitar. A nice ending to this beautiful album, which is all too short.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars I almost feel like I'm giving this 4 stars against my will. Yet I can't deny how well done this album is. I'm not normally into such mellow records but this does break out at times("Thinking Of You In The Moonshine") with electric guitar and depth. I didn't like this record after the first listen but this one just kept getting better and better after each spin. I can relate to the Finns when it comes to their climate somewhat living here in Canada although I'm in the southern regions of Ontario where it's not that bad. Still after a couple of weeks of really cold weather with lots of snow recently I can relate. Summer means so much to us northerners. And this is a Summer record that is pleasant and often light like a warm summers day. I just enjoy the sound of this album so much.

Jukka mainly plays acoustic guitar but he adds some tablas, synths and piano and he got a couple of his TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTTI members to help out with flute, sax and bass. The flute might be the most prominent instrument as there's three musicians playing it. Two trombone players too and soprano sax along with two drummers as no one musician other than Jukka plays on more than three of the six tracks. Classy but warm music that again has really stolen my heart surprisingly.

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