After the album “My Working Class Hero,” dedicated to John Lennon and “Tears for Esbjörn,” a homage to the influential Swedish pianist, “How Long Is Now?” puts the spotlight fairly and squarely back on to the Finnish pianist, composer and life-force Iiro Rantala. This new trio album with Peter Erskine on drums and Lars Danielsson on bass constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantala’s life.
Rantala describes the purpose of this album as to avoid the basic concept of the jazz piano trio and make it more groovy, with simple melodies. 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. And those guest composers are certainly an eclectic bunch: Jimi Hendrix, Kenny Barron and Johann Sebastian Bach.
- 1. voyage ( Kenny Barron)
- 2. how long is now? ( Iiro Rantala)
- 3. snapchat ( Iiro Rantala)
- 4. taksim by night ( Lars Danielsson)
- 5. little wing ( Jimi Hendrix)
- 1. assisi ( Iiro Rantala)
- 2. a nut ( Iiro Rantala)
- 3. bruno ( Iiro Rantala)
- 4. topi ( Iiro Rantala)
- 5. choral ( Lars Danielsson)
"A lovely album. Play it in the morning and set yourself up for the day."
London Jazz News
"...an infectious, tuneful and swinging trio album of originals and covers."