Pentti Lahti Band / Olli Ahvenlahti & Eero Ojanen Duo / Mircea Stan Quartet / Jukka Ruohomäki Jazz-Liisa 11&12

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The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series presents previously unreleased and forgotten gems from the biggest names of Finnish prog and jazz of the 1970’s. The Svart LP series is going to consist of 18 parts in both Jazz and Pop series, 36 LPs in total. On CD two records are compiled on one disc.

The Pop- and Jazz-Liisa series began a year ago with 9 Pop and 9 Jazz releases. This year we are going to finish the series with parts 10 to 18 in both Pop and Jazz.
Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here.
Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who’s who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era’s biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands.
As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances – and largely unknown collaborations – the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What’s best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.

PENTTI LAHTI BAND
Live Broadcast on Channel Two, Wednesday, December 4th, 1974, 8 pm to 8.40 pm. Produced by YLE. Hosted by Matti Konttinen.

1. 12 INCH (5:50)
Music by Curtis Fuller
Solos: Lahti – tenor saxophone, Stan – trombone, Ahvenlahti – electric piano

2. THE NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE (7:59)
Music by Manning Sherwin
Solos: Lahti – baritone saxophone, Willman – electric bass

3. VALAHIA (7:53)
Music by Mircea Stan
Solos: Stan – trombone, Lahti – soprano saxophone, Ahvenlahti – electric piano

PENTTI LAHTI – tenor saxophone (1), baritone saxophone (2), soprano saxophone (3), MIRCEA STAN – trombone (omit 2), OLLI AHVENLAHTI – piano and Fender Rhodes electric piano, ILKKA WILLMAN – electric bass, TAPANI ”NAPPI” IKONEN – drums.

DUO OLLI AHVENLAHTI – EERO OJANEN

4. AINO (6:29)
Music by Eero Ojanen

5. IN YOUR QUIET PLACE (6:22)
Music by Keith Jarrett

6. IN YOUR QUIET PLACE (ENCORE) (4:32)
Music by Keith Jarrett

OLLI AHVENLAHTI and EERO OJANEN – pianos.

MIRCEA STAN QUARTET
Live Broadcast on Channel Two, Wednesday, February 27th, 1974, 8 pm to 8.40 pm. Produced by YLE. Hosted by Matti Konttinen.

7. SOMETHING (11:30)
Music by Mircea Stan
Solos: Lahti – soprano saxophone, Stan – trombone, Ahvenlahti – piano

8. COMING HOME (6:41)
Music by Mircea Stan
Solos: Stan – trombone, Lahti – alto saxophone, Ikonen – drums

9. ORNAMENT (12:57)
Music by Mircea Stan
Solos: Lahti – alto saxophone, Stan – trombone, Sarmanto – double bass

MIRCEA STAN – trombone, PENTTI LAHTI – flute, soprano and alto saxophones, OLLI AHVENLAHTI – piano and Fender Rhodes electric piano, PEKKASARMANTO – double bass, TAPANI ”NAPPI” IKONEN – drums.

JUKKA RUOHOMÄKI

10. TALVIUNESTA HERÄÄMINEN (9:31)
Music by Jukka Ruohomäki, Erkki Kurenniemi, Olli Ahvenlahti & Mircea Stan (collective improvisation based on the sketches by Jukka Ruohomäki)
Solos: Mircea Stan – trombone, Olli Ahvenlahti – Minimoog synthesizer

MIRCEA STAN – trombone, OLLI AHVENLAHTI – Minimoog synthesizer, ERKKI KURENNIEMI – Sähkökvartetti, JUKKA RUOHOMÄKI – EMS VCS 3 synthesizer (The Putney) and DIMI-A.