This is a pre-order item, release date is November 25th. Triple gatefold triple vinyl, available on black and blue wax.
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300 x black
200 x blue
After founding UMO 40 years ago together with Esko Linnavalli and Heikki Sarmanto, Koivistoinen has often worked with the orchestra, and also acted as its director for a few years in the 1990s. Arctic Blues consists of mostly new material, recorded in the winter of 2016, but also features three tracks from a live session at UMO Concert House in 2005. The album has big band renditions of Koivistoinen's past work as well as material written for this record in mind.
"In the 1970s, I studied composition and arranging at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, under the guidance of Herb Pomeroy. It waas an important phase in my musical development. UMO was my second musical college. The orchestra made it possible for me to become acquainted with the best works for big band, guided by the masters themselves. UMO had guest musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones, Gil Evans, Joe Henderson", recalls Koivistoinen and adds, "Since we played a lot of these current numbers live with UMO at the shows this winter, the studio session was an easy and inspirational one."
Svart Records are proud to release Arctic Blues on double CD, triple LP and digital formats on November 25th. Svart also have an ongoing reissue program of Koivistoinen's past work, with LP reissues of classics such as Wahoo and 3rd Version.
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