Verneri Pohjola vereint auf diesem Album mit seinem einzigartigen Trompetenspiel verschiedenste Stile, Stimmungen und Sounds. Frischer Wind en masse, der diese „Ancient History“ alles andere als alt aussehen lässt und zum Klassiker werden lassen könnte.
It has been a year since the first rays of a new sun from the north dawned over the European jazz scene and even America – this was Aurora, the debut album of the young Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, who was internationally acknowledged as a promising future star of jazz. Not only did the German ‘Stern’ newspaper praise the “epic”, but the American-based and internationally-read portal All About Jazz’ agreed that, “Verneri Pohjola has got what it takes to become an international jazz star”. Probably the most valuable compliment came from one of the most acclaimed young players of today, Trombone Shorty. On hearing Pohjola play for the first time, he said, “He has a wonderful tone. It has a wide arc to it, and he knows that space is precious – he lets the music speak for itself. Really fantastic!” All this naturally set the bar very...line up
Verneri Pohjola / trumpet
Aki Rissanen / piano
Joonas Riippa / drums
Antti Lötjönen / bass
Jukka Perko / alto saxophone on 6
Tatu Rönkkö / percussion on 4,5 & 8
Recorded by Mikko Raita at E-Studio, Helsinki, September 28 - 30, 2011.
Mixed by Mikko Raita at Studio Kekkonen, Helsinki, October 11 - 13, 2011.
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers, Helsinki, October 18, 2011.
Produced by Verneri Pohjola
Executive Producer: Siggi Loch
Cover art © Gerwald Rockenschaub, by courtesy of Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin