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Jukka Tolonen

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3.54 | 22 ratings | 4 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Passenger to Paramaribo (5:38)
2. Punks! (6:30)
3. Tanja (3:02)
4. Phantastes (4:39)
5. Air Rock (5:56)
6. Dimitri (6:18)
7. What Went Wrong? (8:18)

Total Time: 40:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Jukka Tolonen / electric & acoustic (3) guitars, piano (4,7), composer
- Coste Apetrea / electric & 12-string acoustic guitars (7)
- Esa Kotilainen / organ (1,5,7), Moog (1,2,5-7)
- Christer Eklund / alto (1), tenor (2) & soprano (5,6) saxes, producer
- Ilkka Hanski / bass, string bass (7)
- Bill Carson / drums, congas, percussion, vocals (7)

- Måns Groundstroem / bass (4)

Releases information

Artwork: Petter Martiskainen

LP Love Records ‎- LRLP 231 (1977, Finland)

CD Love Records ‎- LRCD 231 (1997, Finland)
CD Love Records ‎- LRCD 231 (2010, Finland) Remastered by Pauli Saastamoinen

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JUKKA TOLONEN Jukka Tolonen Band: A Passenger To Paramaribo ratings distribution

(22 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
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Review by Matti
3 stars Guitarist (and occasional multi-instrumentalist) Jukka Tolonen became famous as the leading force of Tasavallan Presidentti, the other of the two most legendary Finnish prog bands. In the early 70's Tolonen started his instrumental Fusion oriented solo discography, which IMHO reached its artistic peak with The Hook (1974). Hystetica (1975) was a bit more rocking and care-free album.

After that the guitar virtuoso gathered a new group around him: Coste Apetrea from the Swedish RIO band Samla Mammas Manna as the second guitarist, Swedish saxophonist Christer Eklund -- who also produced A Passenger to Paramaribo --, the American- born drummer Bill Carson and bassist Ilkka Hanski replacing the TP partner Heikki Virtanen. Key wizard Esa Kotilainen continued his collaboration in Tolonen's band.

Compared to the previous albums this one contains more funk flavour, well present on the first two tracks. The third piece 'Tanja' was named after Jukka Tolonen's wife. It's an elegant and mellow little composition for acoustic guitars. 'Air Rock' is rather a typical Fusion piece of the time with airy melodies, virtuotic playing and the light funk elements. Nice, if not spectacular in any sense.

The energetic 'Dimitri' was named after Tolonen's son. The album closes with its only vocal track 'What Went Wrong?' sung by Bill Carson (whose singing style reminds me a little of Wigwam's Jim Pembroke). An OK, laid back song with a jazz/blues orientation and a long solo for electric guitar.

This is a fairly good and pleasant Fusion album all the way, but not quite as impressive as some of Tolonen's other albums.

Latest members reviews

4 stars An exciting entry in the jazz/fusion with funk overtones category, "Passenger to Paramaribo" listens on par with Jeff Beck's classic fusion albums "Blow by Blow" and "Wired". The band is tight throughout, enhancing the funk feel along with the crispy clean almost glossy production. "Punks" and ... (read more)

Report this review (#1316727) | Posted by Suedevanshoe | Friday, November 28, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Jukka Tolonen is one of Finland's best known Prog musicians. His solo works are generally instrumental, but this release finds Bill Carson sing on the closing track. Surprisingly, it comes off quite well as a laid back winding down after a generally high intensity "tour the force" of the preceding ... (read more)

Report this review (#864073) | Posted by BORA | Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I see some Santana in here (maybe i'm wrong). I'ts a very enjoyable album but i couldn't play it more than once. I'ts like eating something not nice, but if you are starving you'll have it anyway. I'm not saying this is a bad album, but is not quite prog for my taste. Anyway, if you like guitar ... (read more)

Report this review (#172280) | Posted by wato | Monday, May 26, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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