Northern Lights: Music from Finland
For Radio 3's Northern Lights season Jez Nelson presents music from the Finnish jazz scene, including trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, tenor saxophonist and flautist Juhani Aaltonen.
Jez Nelson presents music from the Finnish jazz scene, as part of the Northern Lights season on BBC Radio 3, including highlights from this year's Pori Jazz Festival.
The live selections include Verneri Pohjola, a trumpeter known for his kaleidoscopic sound, which can be both rich and brassy, and airy and flute-like, as well as from tenor saxophonist and flautist Juhani Aaltonen, a stalwart of the Finnish scene who celebrates his 80th birthday this week. Supported by an energetic rhythm section, Aaltonen takes off on urgent, improvised flights over a backdrop of spacey piano and rumbling drums, for a wide-ranging set that connects with the sounds of post-bop, contemporary Wayne Shorter and the spiritual jazz of John Coltrane.
Also in the programme, Finnish broadcaster Markus Partanen joins Jez on the line to share some of the best new releases from the country.