VERNERI POHJOLA Pekka ★★★★ Edi­tion

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CORMAC LARKIN

Fin­nish trum­peter Verneri Pohjola’s sec­ond re­lease for Edi­tion is named for his late fa­ther Pekka, bassist with Fin­nish prog rock he­roes Wig­wam, but if that sug­gests any kind of pan­e­gyric to a much-loved and in­flu­en­tial par­ent, think again. Pohjola’s par­ents di­vorced when he was two, and he was brought up by his mother to whom this ex­tra­or­di­nary record is in fact dedicated. “I don’t re­ally think of Pekka as my fa­ther,” writes the trum­peter in the liner notes, “but more as a kind of friend who ev­ery­one knows and talks about.” Ouch. So while the source ma­te­rial may be the fa­ther’s tunes, the re­sults – hip, ru­mi­na­tive elec­tric-pe­riod Miles meets mid-1970s Kenny Wheeler – are more about the son prov­ing that he is his own man. edi­tion­

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