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Markus Holkko // Eye of the Universe LP

Markus Holkko // Eye of the Universe LP

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Finnish saxophonist Markus Holkko will release his album on Finnish jazz label in June 2024.This is a record released by Jazzaggression.

Contains 8 psychedelic modal jazz and spiritual jazz tracks.

*Please feel free to contact us as we will send you the digital sound source free of charge.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Eye of the Universe," recorded in May 2023 at Studio Pärt in Finland, is the latest work from Finnish saxophonist and composer Markus Holkko. Rooted in his musical tradition, the album explores a variety of influences, from straight to Latin to spiritual jazz, with subtle hints of West Coast cool and psychedelic.

With Juuso Linta on double bass, Samuli Rautiainen on electric piano, and Tiem Mustonen on drums and percussion, the album expresses a fusion of organic instrumentation and nuanced textures. Later, Teemu Åkerblom joined the band, adding depth with electric guitar effects and sitar, complementing the album with Markus Holkko's own production touches such as analog synthesizers.

Markus Holkko's creative process for this album was shaped by a desire to return to his roots while embracing experimentation. In an interview, Markus Holkko explained his intention to create an acoustic-led album: "I wanted to make a record with an acoustic bottom, organic playing by real musicians, a jazzy feeling, but with layers and layers." This juxtaposition of organic instrumentation and layered textures and colors characterizes the album's sound. Though primarily instrumental, "Eye of the Universe" also features Markus Holkko's wordless vocals, adding subtle harmonies to some tracks.

"Eye of the Universe" blends tradition and innovation to offer listeners a thought-provoking exploration of Holukko's musical journey in a cohesive and authentic way."

Labels and other worksClick here for the guidelines. ///Click here to see more Jazzaggression releases available at Tobira. 

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12 "black vinyl.

tracklist:

A1                    Eye of the Universe    5:00
A2                    Loneliness Of A Top Pole Vaulter        4:55
A3                    Waltzing          4:51
A4                    One Love Song            5:28
B1                    Funky Ranking 3:39
B2                    Impressions Of The Blues       4:22
B3                    Hearing Is Believing    5:59
B4                    Envers La Femme        6:12

Jazz Aggression:

"Recorded at Studio Pelto in Finland in May 2023, “Eye of the Universe” is the latest offering from Finnish sax player and composer Markus Holkko. Grounded in his musical heritage, the album explores a range of influences, from straight to Latin and spiritual jazz, with subtle hints of west coast cool and psychedelic.

Featuring a cadre of collaborators, including Juuso Rinta on double bass, Samuli Rautiainen on electric piano, and Teemu Mustonen on drums and percussion, the album captures a blend of organic instrumentation with nuanced textures. Later contributions from Teemu Åkerblom add depth with electric guitar effects and bass, complemented by Holkko's own producer touches, including analog synthesizers.

Holkko's creative process for the album was shaped by his desire to return to his roots while embracing experimentation. In an interview, Holkko reflected on his intention to create a predominantly acoustic album, stating, "I wanted to make a record in a way that has this acoustic bottom and kind of very organic playing with real musicians, jazz kind of feel. But then I wanted to add some layers and layers and layers." This juxtaposition of organic instrumentation with layered textures and colours serves as a defining characteristic of the album's sound. While primarily instrumental, "Eye of the Universe" also features Holkko's wordless vocals, adding subtle harmonies to selected tracks.

Scheduled for release on May 25th, 2024, “Eye of the Universe” offers listeners a thoughtful exploration of Holkko's musical journey, blending tradition with innovation in a cohesive and authentic manner.

The LP comes in tip-on sleeves cut by Timmion rec and features eight songs, while the vocal singles "Funky Ranking" and "She Goes Without Saying" can be purchased separately as a limited lathe run.

Artist: Markus Holkko

Label: Jazzaggression

CAT No: JALP744

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Finnish saxophonist Markus Holkko will release his album on Finnish jazz label in June 2024.This is a record released by Jazzaggression.

Contains 8 psychedelic modal jazz and spiritual jazz tracks.

*Please feel free to contact us as we will send you the digital sound source free of charge.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Eye of the Universe," recorded in May 2023 at Studio Pärt in Finland, is the latest work from Finnish saxophonist and composer Markus Holkko. Rooted in his musical tradition, the album explores a variety of influences, from straight to Latin to spiritual jazz, with subtle hints of West Coast cool and psychedelic.

With Juuso Linta on double bass, Samuli Rautiainen on electric piano, and Tiem Mustonen on drums and percussion, the album expresses a fusion of organic instrumentation and nuanced textures. Later, Teemu Åkerblom joined the band, adding depth with electric guitar effects and sitar, complementing the album with Markus Holkko's own production touches such as analog synthesizers.

Markus Holkko's creative process for this album was shaped by a desire to return to his roots while embracing experimentation. In an interview, Markus Holkko explained his intention to create an acoustic-led album: "I wanted to make a record with an acoustic bottom, organic playing by real musicians, a jazzy feeling, but with layers and layers." This juxtaposition of organic instrumentation and layered textures and colors characterizes the album's sound. Though primarily instrumental, "Eye of the Universe" also features Markus Holkko's wordless vocals, adding subtle harmonies to some tracks.

"Eye of the Universe" blends tradition and innovation to offer listeners a thought-provoking exploration of Holukko's musical journey in a cohesive and authentic way."

Jazzaggression · Markus Holkko 'Eye of the Universe' LP Snippets

Labels and other worksClick here for the guidelines. ///Click here to see more Jazzaggression releases available at Tobira. 

----------------------------

12 "black vinyl.

tracklist:

A1                    Eye of the Universe    5:00
A2                    Loneliness Of A Top Pole Vaulter        4:55
A3                    Waltzing          4:51
A4                    One Love Song            5:28
B1                    Funky Ranking 3:39
B2                    Impressions Of The Blues       4:22
B3                    Hearing Is Believing    5:59
B4                    Envers La Femme        6:12

Jazz Aggression:

"Recorded at Studio Pelto in Finland in May 2023, “Eye of the Universe” is the latest offering from Finnish sax player and composer Markus Holkko. Grounded in his musical heritage, the album explores a range of influences, from straight to Latin and spiritual jazz, with subtle hints of west coast cool and psychedelic.

Featuring a cadre of collaborators, including Juuso Rinta on double bass, Samuli Rautiainen on electric piano, and Teemu Mustonen on drums and percussion, the album captures a blend of organic instrumentation with nuanced textures. Later contributions from Teemu Åkerblom add depth with electric guitar effects and bass, complemented by Holkko's own producer touches, including analog synthesizers.

Holkko's creative process for the album was shaped by his desire to return to his roots while embracing experimentation. In an interview, Holkko reflected on his intention to create a predominantly acoustic album, stating, "I wanted to make a record in a way that has this acoustic bottom and kind of very organic playing with real musicians, jazz kind of feel. But then I wanted to add some layers and layers and layers." This juxtaposition of organic instrumentation with layered textures and colours serves as a defining characteristic of the album's sound. While primarily instrumental, "Eye of the Universe" also features Holkko's wordless vocals, adding subtle harmonies to selected tracks.

Scheduled for release on May 25th, 2024, “Eye of the Universe” offers listeners a thoughtful exploration of Holkko's musical journey, blending tradition with innovation in a cohesive and authentic manner.

The LP comes in tip-on sleeves cut by Timmion rec and features eight songs, while the vocal singles "Funky Ranking" and "She Goes Without Saying" can be purchased separately as a limited lathe run.

Artist: Markus Holkko

Label: Jazzaggression

CAT No: JALP744