Terra Exotica, new album from Jimi Tenor & UMO

9.11.2021

Jimi Tenor and UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra release their second joint album “Terra Exotica” on November 19th.

Terra Exotica was inspired by nearby forests and the seashore, Japanese film-era music, and bands like Sun Ra and Salah Ragab. All of the compositions were created in the pandemic spring of 2020, when Tenor played saxophone in his nearby woods and recorded ideas and fragments on his phone. These recordings have been used in the studio as part of the composition work. All the compositions on the album are new and written by Jimi Tenor for the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra. The conductor is Ed Partyka.

– Among the inspirators of big band music, I could mention Sun Ra and Salah Ragab from Egypt. In addition, I have been listening to a lot of Japanese cinematic music lately, from which one can hear echoes in my compositions. The material I composed is quite exotic in the sense that old Hollywood is described exotic. In addition to these, more swing and blues influences are heard in these new compositions than in my previous works with UMO, Jimi Tenor describes.

The album was recorded at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, Finland in March 2021. Its official release date is Friday, November 19, 2021. The album release concerts will be held on Friday 19.11.2021 in Vuotalo and on Saturday 20.11.2021 at the Savoy Theater, more information about the concerts >>

The album is released on CD, digital and streamed, plus a very limited batch of individually engraved vinyls. The CD is sold e.g. at Bandcamp, Levykauppa X, Eronen, Keltainen Jäänsärkijä and Digelius. The digital publication is available for purchase at Bandcamp. The album can be listened at all possible platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, etc., from November 19th, 2021 on. Listen on Spotify

Jimi Tenor & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra – Terra Exotica

Pharos Sunset (5:30), solo Manuel Dunkel & Kaisa Mäensivu

October Storm (8:23)

Ghost Train (6:19), solo Max Zenger

Sala De Sol (4:40), solo Timo Paasonen & Mikko Mustonen

Clara Con Limón (4:28)

Asazuke (5:15), solo Max Zenger

Sun Queen (4:52), solo Seppo Kantonen

Yön Synkät Tunnit (5:50), solo Kasperi Sarikoski

Jyrkänteellä (6:54), solo Manuel Dunkel

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Soloist, compositions: Jimi Tenor (tsax, flutes, synthesizer)

Conductor: Ed Partyka

Saksophones & woodwinds: Jouni Järvelä, Max Zenger, Ville Vannemaa, Manuel Dunkel, Mikko Mäkinen.

Trumpets: Teemu Mattsson, Timo Paasonen, Mikko Pettinen, Tero Saarti.

Trombones: Kasperi Sarikoski, Mikko Mustonen, Pekka Laukkanen, Mikael Långbacka.

Rhythm Section: Seppo Kantonen, piano; Kaisa Mäensivu, bass; Mika Kallio, drums; Ismaila Sané, percussion.

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Recorded: 17.–26.3.2021 Kaapelitehdas, Cable Factory, Helsinki Finland

Producers: Jimi Tenor & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra

Recording, mixing & mastering: Markus Ketola

Recording assistant: Ilkka Ferm

Record Label: Ronet Records

Distributor: Ronet Records

Cover design: Ronet Records

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Jimi Tenor is a Finnish composer and multi-instrumentalist – and a guarantee of original art, whether it is electronic music created as a solo project or a jazz function made with a band. He sings, plays saxophones, flutes, keyboards and self-built instruments. In addition to his music career, an internationally successful multitalent has e.g. photographed, directed short films and designed clothes. www.jimitenor.com 


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