„I…was stunned by his Hendrix meets late era Coltrane approach.“ – Guitar Moderne // „Despite the boilingly hot drive…influenced by Cream, Lifetime, the Jimi Hendrix Experience (and perhaps more notionally the Pete Cosey/Reggie Lucas version of the Miles Davis group), there’s a lyrical side to the guitarist’s playing as well…Excellent.“ – Point Of Departure
Ecstasy is usually an all too fleeting experience offering the briefest glimpse at transcendence. But a heightened sense of consciousness and discovery manifests throughout Out of the Blue, the transporting second album by composer and guitar maestro Raoul Björkenheim and his extraordinary Finnish quartet Ecstasy.
Featuring the celebrated drummer Markku Ounaskari, the young and dauntingly prolific bassist Jori Huhtala and saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen, Ecstasy has forged more than a signature sound. Over the course of five years the musicians have honed a supremely interactive modus operandi marked by unstable textures, rapidly shifting meters, and emotionally charged melodic flights. Earthy, pristine and unmistakably Nordic, the music evokes the grandeur of Finnish landscapes and the hothouse intimacy of a tight-knit Helsinki scene where the musicians regularly convene to refine their volatile sound.
released October 16, 2015
Raoul Björkenheim: electric guitar
Pauli Lyytinen: bass, tenor and soprano saxophones, mey
Jori Huhtala: double bass
Markku Ounaskari: drums
Recorded 19-21 November 2014 at E-Studio, Helsinki.
Produced by Raoul Björkenheim.
Engineered by Jyri Riikonen.
Mastered by Petri Majuri.
Cover photo by Jorma Male.
Band photos by Rémi Angeli.
Music by Raoul Björkenheim except 6 by Jori Huhtala and 3, 5, 8 by eCsTaSy.
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