Iro Haarla Quintet: Vespers | ECM 2743616

Iro Haarla Quintet: Vespers

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Label: ECM

Cat No: 2743616

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 21st February 2011

Contents

Artists

Iro Haarla (piano, harp)
Mathias Eick (trumpet)
Trygve Seim (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone)
Ulf Krokfors (double bass)
Jon Christensen (drums)

Artists

Iro Haarla (piano, harp)
Mathias Eick (trumpet)
Trygve Seim (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone)
Ulf Krokfors (double bass)
Jon Christensen (drums)

About

Six years after the much-loved “Northbound” – described by All About Jazz as “lovely, articulate, river-deep music” – a new album of emotionally-powerful ballads from outstanding composer-pianist-harpist Iro Haarla and her remarkable Finnish-Norwegian ensemble. The line-up is unchanged, likewise the commitment of the players, top-flight improvisers, every one. “Vespers” continues a tradition of music – and a scope feeling – that Iro helped establish in the Far North in her years as composer/arranger/orchestrator for Edward Vesala’s bands (and magical ECM recordings including “Lumi”, “Ode to the Death of Jazz”, “Invisible Storm” and “Nordic Gallery”). Iro has, furthermore, composed music for the UMO Jazz Orchestra (in 2002 for Tomasz Stanko as soloist, and in 2006 for a “UMO plays Haarla” event in Helsinki and for a suite of pieces premiered in Tampere). In 2008, at the instigation of Manfred Eicher, she premiered new music for string quartet and piano and harp in Helsinki.

Tracklist:
1. A Port on a Distant Shore
2. Vesper
3. A Window Facing South
4. The Warm Currents of the Sea
5. Doxa
6. Satoyama
7. The Shimmer of Falling Stars
8. Returning Home
9. Adieux

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