"The making of Picture in Three Colours in 1983 had left me hungry - I wanted to make another record in New York. A new chance came eight years later, in September 1991. This time I wanted to have three horns - the saxophone, plus a trumpet and a trombone. Arranging for three horns is a challenge; the possibilities for the voicings are limited.
I started planning the project with Ron McClure in good time. We invited Jack De Johnette and John Scofield again, and for the trumpet we got the great Randy Brecker. Conrad Herwig was to play trombone and Dave Kikoski piano. All of the guys were busy and in great demand; I was lucky to get them along. Now, we had a new dream team. Once again, I was really a lucky fellow! We got a smaller room on the B side of the respected Clinton Studio for the 25th and 26th of September, with the experienced Jim Anderson as our engineer. This time, the musicians wished to have demos and sheets of music in advance, if only possible. I sent them material by mail.
When in New York, I stayed at Ron McClure's place; his couch was already familiar to me from my earlier visits. Before recording, we played the compositions once live at Visiones Jazz Club in the Village. It was good to get some touch with the music before recording it. The studio had been booked for two days. Sco got along on the second day. Most of my compositions were new; 'Clear Dream' - a duo for soprano and piano - was an exception. We also included 'Kabuki' composed by Seppo Kantonen, and 'Inspiration' by Ron McClure.
I mixed the album in Rainbow Studio in Oslo, Norway, with Erik Konshaug. It was good to take some distance before the mixing, listen to various takes, and try to digest them. Bugge Wesseltoft overdubbed synthesizer on three numbers. Timeless Records issued only the CD - vinyl had become outdated by then.
The record was well received. Bill Milkowski of DownBeat described the band in his positive criticism: 'Its lineup as imposing as the vintage New York Yankees' mythical Murderers Row.' Down Beat gave the record 4 1/2 stars. The reissue of Svart Records includes my compositions 'Facts' and 'Never Again' and the second take of 'Clear Dream' as bonus tracks."
The horn charts are smartly arranged by the tenor and soprano saxophonist, and played to perfection. The music is contemporary, bop-based, modernistic, and well-swung...Koivistoinen displays a nice combination of Wayne Shorter's harmonic sense and Michael Brecker's lyricism. This is highly recommended.
- First Time on Vinyl
- Double Vinyl LP
- 3 Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks
- Gatefold Sleeve
- Liner Notes by Eero Koivistoinen & Ron McClure
|Jack De Johnette||drums|
|Eero Koivistoinen||tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone|
- Altered Things
- Film Noir
- Van Gogh
- Clear Dream
- Never Again - session outtake (Bonus Track)
- Facts - session outtake (Bonus Track)
- Clear Dream - alternate take (Bonus Track)