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New From ECM: Iro Haarla Quintet “Vespers”

“The newly-published Expanded Critics Poll 2010 of US magazine JazzTimes finds ECM voted #1 Record Label of the Year, “The Best of the Industry.” (Full results are given in the March 2011 issue of the magazine).”

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Vespers Iro Haarla Quintet
ECM 2172 (April 2011)

Iro Haarla Quintet
Vespers

Iro Haarla piano, harp
Mathias Eick trumpet
Trygve Seim tenor- and soprano saxophone
Ulf Krokfors double-bass
Jon Christensen drums

“Six years after the much-loved Northbound – described by All About Jazz as “lovely, articulate, river-deep music” -, a new album of emotionally-powerful ballads from outstanding composer-pianist-harpist Iro Haarla and her remarkable Finnish-Norwegian ensemble. The line-up is unchanged, likewise the commitment of the players, top-flight improvisers, every one. Vespers continues a tradition of music – and a scope feeling – that Iro helped establish in the Far North in her years as composer/arranger/orchestrator for Edward Vesala’s bands (and magical ECM recordings including Lumi, Ode To The Death Of Jazz, Invisible Storm and Nordic Gallery).

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