Pekka Lehti is the bass player for Värttinä, and I suppose one rule is that you don't play solo bass, so on every track of this acoustic, ethnic jazz CD, he includes various friends, all players of some stature in Finnish music. The album is recorded in situ in various places; instead of a studio, it might be a kitchen, a living room or boat, so in essence this is "real music."
In addition, the booklet says that it is quiet music.
In all these little partnerships Lehti patiently, enthusiatically and generally effortlessly pulls at the bass strings, sometimes eliciting a drawl, at others percussively slapping the hell out of 'em, or with a bit of odd nautical, animal dirge bowing, and therein resides another continuity. - Judith Gennett
"Vainajalan tango" composed and performed with Timo Alakotila
CD available from cdRoots
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