(All Album Reviews by rarebird)
Visitation (Fazer Finnlevy 220222) (1979)
The CD opens with "Strange Awakening", which brings the listener immediate to the forlorn Finnish woods. After some dreamy piano-playing, the saxophones disturb the quiet. Yet the impression of loneliness stays, although the music becomes more busy afterwards.
In "Vapour Trails" the music is becoming heavier and here we can really speak about jazz-rock. This is also the case in "Dancing In The Dark", the fourth piece on this CD. Before this we can hear "Image Of A Passing Smile", which starts off quietly. In this song we can hear the woodwinds and cellos from The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
After the short "The Sighting" follows "Try To Remember", the absolute milestone of the CD, with an important role for the woodwinds and strings from The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. It's a splendid conclusion, with quiet passages and a leading role for piano and bass-guitar and heavier interludes with wind-instruments and strings.
Pekka Pohjola shows with this masterpiece he is really one of the greatest musicians of our time. The music mainly carried by piano and wind-instruments and not to forget the fantastic bass-playing of Pekka Pohjola, who is also responsible for the compositions, arrangements and a great deal of the piano-playing.