• raoul bjorkenheim and ecstasy Doors of Perception (CD, £13.50)

    label: Cuneiform

    This is the third album by guitarist and composer Raoul Bjorkenheim and his band eCsTaSy, which contains some of the most exciting musicians in Finland today: Pauli Lyytinen: bass, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, wood flute Jori Huhtala: double bass Markku Ounaskari: drums and percussion Raoul has worked with such notables as Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Hamid Drake, Trevor Dunn, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Ejigayehu 'Gigi' Shibabaw, Henry Kaiser, Mike Keneally, Bill Laswell, Michael Manring, William Parker, Edward Vesala, John Zorn and many others, but eCsTaSy has been his main unit and main concern for the last seven years... and on their most developed album to date, it shows! "I always felt there’s something special about having a band. An all-star session can be good too, but the thing I’m missing nowadays in jazz is really good bands playing together tightly, turning on a dime together, and especially improvising together." - Raoul Björkenheim.

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