Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Esko Linnavalli New Music Orchestra's A Good Time Was Had by All
Recall the album Strings? (Donner - Aaltonen). Esko was the keyboardist on that one and for that reason I sought this out. He also appeared in a half-joke half-serious instrumental library style album called On The Rocks in 1972 with another Finn which I wouldn't recommend.
This album is bipolar, veering between a bluesy basis of big band fusion and some tightly entertaining fusionoid sounds that take it into the right direction-- albeit briefly only. Consider the best track, Eclipse:
And maybe don't consider the rest? Up to you.