Verneri Pohjola | Bullhorn
VERNERI POHJOLA trumpet
AKI RISSANEN piano
ANTTI LÖTJÖNEN bass
TEPPO MÄKYNEN drums
‘On Bullhorn, Helsinki based trumpeter Verneri Pohjola has created a unique album which blends traditional swing and jazz harmony with folk and that unmistakeable Scandinavian atmosphere. Pohjola has developed a sound which is simultaneously powerful and touching. YORK PRESS, UK – ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2015
‘This album takes its place among the truly finest albums of recent times’. JAZZWISE **** (UK)
‘This album could be one of those top ten desert island releases from Finland’ ILKKA NEWSPAPER (Finland)
‘The third album from leading Helsinki-based composer, bandleader and trumpet player Verneri Pohjola is the one that cements his move from longtime rising star to international jazz heavyweight’. LONDON EVENING STANDARD **** (UK)
‘This is a beautifully executed, and quietly surprise-packed set’. GUARDIAN ****
“Pohjola mixes jazz tradition, popular anthem and Finnish folk, and, now approaching 40, has matured this approach into a deeply personal and moving personal vision. He brings it vibrantly to life on his latest CD…” The Financial Times ****
‘Something now from someone who is on the brink of becoming one of the most exciting and original musicians of his generation. Definitely a name to watch out for in the future…I think this record is set to shift Verneri from a rising star to an artist of real substance’. BBC RADIO 3, JAZZ LINE-UP
1. Another Day 5:53
2. Girls of Costa Rica 9:01
3. He Sleeps, I Keep Watch 5:33
4. Bullhorn 7:28
5. In La Borie 6:22
6. This One Is For You 2:28
7. Nanomachines 6:36
8. Ouroboros 6:29
9. Cold Blooded 5:16
10. The End Is Nigh 7:44
Bullhorn is the new album by Finnish trumpeter/composer, Verneri Pohjola, his third as leader. Based in Helsinki, the thirty-six year old has been in the international spotlight for the past few years and is acknowledged as a jazz star in the making. His distinctive tone, with its deeply affecting purity and lyricism, and highly melodic improvising is embedded in self-penned compositions marked by memorable and imaginative themes that steer clear of any hackneyed notion of ‘Nordic’ jazz.
Bullhorn is a key album in Pohjola’s career, marking the shift from a rising start to an artist of real substance with a powerful, unique sound and a sense of deepening maturity and clarity of vision. Bullhorn is the album that finally realises Verneri’s enormous creative potential.
Featuring his long term associates and friends: pianist Aki Rissanen, bassist Antti Lötjönen and drummer Teppo Mäkynen, Bullhorn undertakes a panoramic overview of Verneri’s wide-ranging, evocative yet energetic approach to music-making, anchored in his strong, personal sound. As Pohjola explains: ‘It has the intimate sounds and lyricism in improvised passages that I love, but also the rough energy and emphasis on the compositions – everything I want to express in my music’.
In addition, Pohjola has set out on Bullhorn to capture the joy and spontaneity that occur in performance between these four like-minded individuals; the vital element of music making and ‘jazz’ that makes each performance a unique and personal statement.
A truly progressive artist with a firm understanding of popular culture providing the foundation of his art, Verneri Pohjola is on the brink of becoming one of the most exciting and original musicians of his generation. In fact, he’s almost ready to blow his own bullhorn.
JUSSI KANNASTE tenor saxophone
ILMARI POHJOLA trombone
IIDA LAINE cello
Recorded and mixed by Mikko Raita at Petrax Studios, Hollola, Finland between 26th and 28th August 2014.
Mixed by Mikko Raita at Studio Kekkonen, Helsinki, Finland between 29th September and 1st October 2014.
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers West, Espoo, Finland on 13th October 2014.
Artwork photography by Aga Tomaszek except recording studio photography by Jori Grönroos.