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Friday, Oct 24 2014 | 09:28
Image: 1593451 This is a fully-authorised vinyl re-release of a forgotten Finnish spiritual-improv classic from 1982, which has never been available on CD, and whose initial vinyl release has rarely been heard outside Finland. A forgotten slice of Finnish spiritual jazz from the 1980s, originally released on Johanna and not available anywhere until now, the only place its cropped up since it release is on 1990s compilation Son Of Arctic Hysteria. Now it sees s vinyl reissue on Arc Light Editions.

Arc Light Editions follows up two successful vinyl-only releases (Arthur Russell, Ingram Marshall) with Jone Takamäki Trio's Universal Mind, a forgotten Finnish spiritual improv record from 1982, fully authorized by Jone himself. The tracks on Universal Mind are based on traditional Indian arrangements, with Japanese influence, leaning towards Alice Coltrane's spirituality and pace. In addition to traditional improv instrumentation (saxophone, bass, drums), the record also includes synthesizers, gongs, finger pianos, a vibraphone and washbasins. Jone says, recalling making the record: "We played a lot together, daily, at our rehearsal space before recording. We went through the melodies and talked about how to handle them with a kind of different angle, improvised a lot with different sounds. We talked about tempos, especially we were diving deep into special moods, how each of those melodies talked to us. They are mostly old love songs from India, more folk songs than classical music." After the recording, they left immediately on a European tour. "I told the people at the record company not to do anything to the record before we came back, but it was released while we were away. We saw the record on the windows of different record shops when we drove into town from the tour!" The record has never appeared on CD, and the 1982 vinyl release has rarely been heard outside Finland. The only place the release has re-emerged in recent memory is with the track "Bhupala I" selected on Son of Arctic Hysteria, a CD compilation of Finnish avant-garde and experimental music.

TRACK LISTING:

SIDE A
1. Rupavati
2. Lalit
3. Jos....

SIDE B
1. Bhupala I
2. Bhupala II
3. Asaveri
4. Kuu

https://soundcloud.com/arclighteditions/jone-takamaki-trio-bhupala-i-ale003 Available from 31.10.2014
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