15 February 2008
MATTI OILING - HAPPY JAZZ BAND
Matti Oiling for Finleavy from 1970.
Dusty Groove:A great bit of funky fusion from Finland -- recorded in 1970 by drummer Matti Oiling, one of the funkiest percussionists in Europe! The album kicks off with the amazing breakbeat track "Oiling Boiling" -- a monster number that no beathead should be without -- then rolls into a very tight batch of grooves played by a combo that includes organ, guitar, bass, and lots of funky saxes! The grooves are great -- a crossroads of 60s and 70s soul jazz expression, handled here with a quality level that sounds more like a record on a US indie than some overseas pressing.
Here's the riginal sleeve notes:
Can you imagine a lathe-hand who does lathing in his time off? Or a brick-layer who lays bricks for relaxation after his day's work? Hard to picture, isn't it? But I do know a number of professional musicians who relax by making music after a hard and sometimes quite exhausting session at the studio. But the difference lies in what you play in your leisure time. The musicians performing on this record have found a musical form that brings satisfaction and variation and gives them the chance to experiment and to create something new and still untried. That's real work therapy.
Matti Oiling - a first-class drummer - has gathered around him a number of fellow musicians whose vision and musical comprehension are harmonious and whose ways of thinking run parallel. They are all musicians of the young generation, to whom pop music and jazz music are equally close and whose artistic resources provide them with an opportunity of blending these musical elements. And when they want to make music, the music they make is pervaded by a sense of cheerfulness and humour.
You'll really enjoy this LP. Matti Oiling's solo - something he cooked up himself - is called "Oiling Boiling". The recipe, with spices, is provided by Matti himself. The "sound" idea is produced on a Lesley accessory.
Paroni Paakkunainen's soaring imagination is a triumph. His musical skill, uninhibited and humour-imbued, is full of surprises and a wicked Mephistophelean laughter pops up in his performances. Among his many instruments is the Bengal flute - featured in the piece by that same name. He has an impressive range of musical color.
Matti Bergström - apart from his Fender bass - introduces his Bascello, which lends its very "different" sound to the item entitled "Stratosphere Inspiration".
Nono Söderberg performs his solo "3/8 Of Nono" on his 1-Watt guitar amplifier - not to save the ears of the rest of the group but just to produce the right instrumental color.
Tuomo Tanska - organist, pianist and arranger - also appears on this disc as a composer. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is his musical vision of a classic work.
Thanks to this record I have spent a very rewarding forty-five minutes - and listening to it, one can only feel a gluttonous delight in its surprising and revitalizing musical ideas. Pop and jazz fans will find something that distinguishes this LP record from other LPs - a terrific dose of happy music.
Ossi Runne, Conductor, Finnish Broadcasting Company TV 1
Ripped @320 from the original vinyl.