KOM Quartet ‎– Jazz-Liisa 4. 1975 Finland (archival)

KOM Quartet's contribution to the Jazz Liisa series is an interesting one. The quartet itself is the musical core of a larger troupe known as KOM-Teatteri, who basically were a politically charged group who mixed theater, music, and commentary. In Sweden the band would have been categorized as progg (with the extra g). In retrospect it's humorous that all of these bands from the 70s seemingly were so radical, and yet 100% of them carried the same leftist political message. What would have been truly nutzo would be to espouse the virtues of capitalism or imperialism. Then they would have been tagged truly radical. Anyway...

So back to KOM Quartet. No, thankfully, none of this recording recalls polit rock in the slightest. What I hear most is the avant wing of the Canterbury movement, most notably early Henry Cow. But at their most accessible. The female vocal and intonation, along with the composition style, all have a similar vibe. Combine that with Jukka Hauru's fiery jazz rock guitar solos, and you have quite an intriguing mix of styles. Quiet Sun's Mainstream is also entering my mind. This may be one of the better surprises from this series, up there with Taivaantemppeli and Taivaanvuohi. Well worth getting on its own or on LP, or even better combined with Jukka Tolonen on CD.

Personal collection
CD: 2016 Svart w/Jukka Tolonen Ramblin' Jazz Band

6 comments:

  1. I just picked up a bunch of these liisas in a Svart records sale. So far not a single dud in the series. Makes you think: how much more fantastic music is gathering dust, lying buried in archives around the world...

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    1. I agree - every CD so far has been a keeper. I still have the Nimbus/Kalevala to listen to, and I need to write-up the one with Finnforest/Hauru, etc.. which is also worth getting. I didn't pick up Jazz Liisa 7, 8, or 9 (is there a 10 yet?). Those look *too* jazz for my tastes, at least if the description holds true.

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    2. Looks like they only got to 9 so far, i.e. halfway to the 18 they're planning to release. I haven't got no. 9 yet; I'll wait until the 9/10 cd comes out. I do have the 7/8 cd, but it's still some way down on the new arrivals pile :-) I'll report back on how jazz they are once I've listened to them.

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    3. Cool. Definitely let me know if it's worth getting!

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  2. Found some info about jazz liisa nos. 10-18 on the Svart website. Most names don't ring a bell. No. 13 could be interesting, though: Eero Koivistoinen with Philip Catherine. I love Koivistoinen's 3rd Version, "Soft Machine's missing Finnish album" :-)

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    1. I saw a few of those too, and agree, not a lot of names I recognized. I'll be curious how they are!

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