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How Long Is Now?



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After the album “My Working Class Hero,” dedicated to John Lennon and “Tears for Esbjorn,” a homage to the influential Swedish pianist, “How Long Is Now?” puts the spotlight fairly and squarely back onto the Finnish pianist, composer, and life-force, Iiro Rantala. This new trio album with Peter Erskine and Lars Danielsson constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantala’s life. Rantala says of this new album: “I think this is one of those ‘composition is the king’ kind of projects. The theme, the writing, the mood of the composition are the most important things.” Seven of the thirteen compositions here are by Rantala himself, three tracks by the other players in the trio, and three more are by others who, in their different ways, have helped to construct Rantala’s appealing musical personality. A feature which is present throughout the album- and which was apparently much in evidence at the sessions, too- is Iiro Rantala’s winning sense of humor. He recently told an interviewer on video: “We Scandinavians like minor and sadness… and pessimism and darkness.” But as he spoke all of those words, he never allowed a characteristically mischievious and ironic smile to slip from his face, even for a moment. In “How Long Is Now?” Rantala, Erskine and Danielsson have produced a thoroughly life-affirming album.
Facts
Item number ACT9823-2
Barcode 614427982322
Release date 12/9/2016
Category Contemporary Jazz
Label ACT JAZZ
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Non-Classical Artist Danielsson, Lars
Rantala, Iiro
Erskine, Peter
Disc: 1
Voyage00:04:58
1 Voyage 00:04:18 Danielsson, Lars Rantala, Iiro Erskine, Peter
How Long Is Now?00:04:00
2 How Long Is Now? 00:03:59 Danielsson, Lars Rantala, Iiro Erskine, Peter
Snapchat00:04:00
3 Snapchat 00:04:10 Danielsson, Lars Rantala, Iiro Erskine, Peter
Taksim by Night00:05:00
4 Taksim by Night 00:04:50 Danielsson, Lars Rantala, Iiro Erskine, Peter
Little Wing00:07:15
5 Little Wing 00:04:53 Erskine, Peter Rantala, Iiro Danielsson, Lars
Trust00:05:00
6 Trust 00:04:46 Erskine, Peter Rantala, Iiro Danielsson, Lars
Assisi00:06:00
7 Assisi 00:05:35 Erskine, Peter Rantala, Iiro Danielsson, Lars
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (arr. for jazz ensemble)00:04:00
8 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Kyrie (arr. for jazz ens 00:04:19 Erskine, Peter Rantala, Iiro Danielsson, Lars
Each Breath00:03:00
9 Each Breath 00:03:23 Erskine, Peter Rantala, Iiro Danielsson, Lars
A Nut00:04:00
10 A Nut 00:03:57 Erskine, Peter Rantala, Iiro Danielsson, Lars
Bruno00:06:00
11 Bruno 00:06:12 Erskine, Peter Rantala, Iiro Danielsson, Lars
Topi00:04:00
12 Topi 00:04:00 Erskine, Peter Rantala, Iiro Danielsson, Lars
Choral00:03:00
13 Choral 00:02:41 Erskine, Peter Rantala, Iiro Danielsson, Lars
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