keijo & the free players After At Once (CD, £6.25)label: Digitalis
Once again, Finnish-native KEIJO VIRTANEN unloads another dirt-stained masterpiece. Tribal percussion and chromatic whimsy often punctuate Keijo's sarod-laden excursions through the mist. There's a heavy Indian influence on these recordings, stemming from Keijo's many trips its subcontinental shores. Musically, After at Once is spacious, but cohesive. With the addition of the sarod on these recordings, the music takes on a life of its own. As always, Keijo's hand guides the magic and in the end, it's still his world we're living in.
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