Got this from Chris Dinsmore's amazing list...and this record is awesome. I played the first track and after one minute of listening I clicked on purchase. Big band, organ, metal guitar, Zappa and a whole lot of crazy. Kinda like Jersey Band...maybe even more overwhelming. I love it.
I snagged the digipak after listening online- the packaging is of excellent quality, the artwork is gorgeous and charming.
The same adjectives work for the music. "Utopianist II" is like a sampling of a genre grabbag, with each remarkably represented. The artists clearly have a vast understanding of a massive arsenal of styles.
What "Utopianist meets Black Motor & John Ballantyne" doesn't parallel in variety, it doubles in impressive solos and jam sessions.
Jaan Wessman - electric bass (1, 3, 5, 6, 8)
Ville Rauhala - upright bass (4, 7)
Mika Tyyskä aka Mr. Fastfinger - guitar (1)
Antero Mentu - guitar (3, 5, 6, 8 right channel, 13), sitar (13)
Anssi Salminen - guitar (7, 8 left channel, 13)
Juha Savela - guitar (4)
Kalle Elkomaa - organ (1, 3, 5), electric piano (3)
Tuomas Marttila - marimba (4), vibraphone (3, 6), congas (3)
Harri Kuusijärvi - accordion (4, 7)
Tero Hyväluoma - fiddle (7)
Waltteri Torikka - vocals (2, 4)
Suvi Väyrynen - vocals (2)
Pharaoh Pirttikangas - vocals (8)
The Utopianisti Big Band (1, 3, 6, 8):
Tommi Kolunen, Olli "Trumpenator" Helin & Jussi Toivonen - trumpet
Antti Hirvonen, Petri Juutilainen & Ulla Ahonen - trombone
Aulis Pöyhönen - bass trombone
Kasper Haikonen & Masa Orpana - alto sax
Petri Nieminen & Maiju Virtanen - tenor sax
Markus Pajakkala - baritone sax
Recorded at Kangasala, Tampere, Pirkanmaan Musiikkiopisto, Tampereen Konservatorio, Helsinki Music House Studio and JJ Studio during autumn 2012 - autumn 2013.
Utopianisti meets Black Motor & Jon Ballantyne (tracks 9-12 + 13):
Sami Sippola - tenor saxophone
Ville Rauhala - upright bass
Simo Laihonen - drums
Jon Ballantyne - electric & grand piano
Markus Pajakkala - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion
Recorded live at JJ Studio, Tampere August 2nd, 2012
Composed, written, conducted, engineered & produced by Markus Pajakkala.
Mr. Fastfinger recorded his parts himself in Porvoo.
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers
Cover art by Sanna Heikka
CD layout by Tero Koskela