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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Liplatusta, Kimmellystä, Putputusta (5:04)
2. Walkin' & Talkin' (5:55)
3. Fraktaali Symmetria (14:45)
4. Ai Ai Ai Vapaus On Päässyt Karkuun (10:44)
5. Between Fire & Ice (6:35)
6. Start & Run (5:39)
7. I'm A Bluesman (6:55)
8. Syrjääntynyt (8:25)

Total Time 64:02

Line-up / Musicians

- Jukka Gustavson / vocals, keyboards, composer, co-producer

- Pentti Lahti / woodwinds
- Juha Verona / bass, co-producer
- Rami Eskelinen / drums

Releases information

CD RockaDillo Records ‎- ZENCD 2082 (2003, Finland)

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Review by Matti
2 stars Just a quick one for this legandary Finnish (ex-WIGWAM) musician, who has sadly gained only a small amount of reviews at the year's time. Between Fire and Ice is a groovy, blues-flavoured jazz album, and pretty free of more eclectically progressive and personal elements.

The key instrument is announced already in the low quality cover. Iloisesti Hammondilla! (Sorry, non-Finnish readers; that was a clichéd phrase which means "joyfully with Hammond"). Organ jazz as a subgenre of its own isn't among my favourites. I think Hammond as the lead instrument gets a bit boring on the long run. This 64-minute album includes three songs with English lyrics and five instrumentals. Those with vocals ('Walkin' & Talkin'', 'Between Fire and Ice' and 'I'm a Bluesman') are oriented to American blues/funk/soul. The latter two are slow-tempo blues songs, more enjoyable than the sociocritical first song, but they could be by any artist of that genre.

I find it hard to get excited by the album as it sounds quite similar all the time. The mood stays carefree and there's a jam-like spirit in the compositions. The quartet (Gutsi is accompanied by a rhythm section and woondwinds player Pentti Lahti) is competent, no doubt of that. The closing track is a bit closer to the colourful Fusion you hear in his best albums, but prog listeners are adviced to choose other albums. Most of all this is a good and safe offering of merry organ jazz, recommended to anyone who happens to like that. Three stars would be an accurate objective rating, but for a clearer contrast I give only two here.

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