15 February 2008


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.


basso said...

WOW! Noses down in the dust!

I have never heard about the LP before. Now that I heard "Oiling Boiling" or the great "Passi Ja Porkkana" it's hard to forget Matti Oiling ever again. Let's see if there's an online finnish translator for the titles.

Thanks so much!!!

Does anyone know a litle something about a Frode Thingnaes Album?

katonah said...


Jonne B said...

funky funky finland! thank you very much!, never heard of the guy before..

tenacity said...

A great finnish discovery - big thanks. Also just seen the Peter Herbolzheimer from Pekis - great stuff! Thanks to you both!

Absolute said...

Hip stuff at 5 star, top drawer quality level! So often the hipper sounds of the late sixties early seventies were actually creatively weak attempts to cash in on a wider audience than the jazz core. NOT this though. This is a festive orgy in jazz-funky-psych hipness, VERY rarely perfected as well as this.

If you are thinking of downloading this anyone - get on with it now, then play as load as system allows and then come back with a very big thank you to Bacoso and ask him nicely to keep finding such gems and then being so kind as to share them with all of us!
Beautiful! THANKS


By the way Bacoso I've left a comment on the Woody Shaw post. Would be interested in your perspective on Mr Shaw.

bobhowe said...

Scandinavian jazz another of my favourite tipples. Must have been cool air up there. Thanks

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jer.eps said...

. . . . BOILING indeed!


Ryan said...

i look forward to playing this tonight at full volume, thank you.

Thijs said...

Nice post!
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Ryan said...


Neroon001 said...

after reading this review I had to dl this record,although I will not be able to listen to it until the weekend thanks so much for turning me onto this!

kizza said...

Awesome post!
Love this album immensely!

-Janski- said...

RIP Matti Oiling 5th November 2009.

As if this classic wasn't sought after before, this sad piece of news certainly puts a boost on the crate digging once again.

A legendary drummer.