Uni Sono: Unisono LP (LIMITED)


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Recorded in 1975 for the Finnish Hi-Hat label, Uni Sono was a supergroup of sorts. It featured some of the top Finnish jazz rock musicians, most notable of which was master bassist Pekka Pohjola. Other members were Reino Laine (drums), Paroni Paakkunaien (flute, saxes, et al), Olli Ahvenlahti (keyboards), and Nono Soderberg (guitar). A lot of these names crop up on various Finnish prog and fusion albums during the 70s – frequently of Pohjola’s solo albums. The album consists of five long instrumental tracks and there is great interaction between all the musicians and everyone gets to strut their stuff. Quite tastefully done, the music probably leans towards to jazz side of fusion which is not a bad thing at all. Highly recommended.

“Inspired by Weather Report, the profilic Finnish jazz master Seppo “Paroni” Paakkunainen formed Unisono in 1973. The lineup consisted of some of the most talented guys around: Paakkunainen on sax and flute, Reiska Laine on drums, Make Lievonen on bass, Hasse Walli on guitar and Olli Ahvenlahti on piano.

After a successful tour of Poland, Finnlevy’s new progressive rock imprint Hi-Hat offered a deal, which resulted in this self-titled album in 1975. At this point Walli and Lievonen had left the ranks, and Unisono decided to continue without guitar. Bass duties were handled by Pekka Pohjola, who had just called it a day in Wigwam.

The album gained the group quite a bit of attention, but as Ahvenlahti and Paakkunainen soon left to study abroad, Unisono was abandoned and these 5 lengthy tracks remain their entire studio legacy. Today criminally underrated and forgotten album sounds as fresh as ever and remains an excellent piece of evidence of the quality of Finnish jazz in the 70s.”