Drawing a fine Finnish line - podcast focus on a Kevin Le Gendre compilation: the latest in the Now's The Time series

In the podcast today a catch-up focus on a very fine Kevin Le Gendre Finnish Now's The Time compilation from earlier in the year. Check the full compilation via Cadillac MORE READING Now's The Time III, 2014

Published: 13 Dec 2022. Updated: 16 months.

In the podcast today a catch-up focus on a very fine Kevin Le Gendre Finnish Now's The Time compilation from earlier in the year. Check the full compilation via Cadillac

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Anders Jormin, 'Blue Lamp,' ECM ***

Track of the day: drawn from Pasado en claro - in English, 'Clear Past' - from bass icon Anders Jormin with Swedish trad singer and fiddler Lena Willemark, koto player Karin Nakagawa and drummer Jon Fält out on 20 January. If new to Jormin …

Published: 12 Dec 2022. Updated: 15 months.

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Track of the day: drawn from Pasado en claro - in English, 'Clear Past' - from bass icon Anders Jormin with Swedish trad singer and fiddler Lena Willemark, koto player Karin Nakagawa and drummer Jon Fält out on 20 January.

If new to Jormin check the Swede's extraordinary work firstly as a sideman on for the ages Tomasz Stańko album Leosia.

Willemark and Jormin began working together on 2004's In Winds, In Light.

The pair worked with Nakagawa on Trees of Light released seven years ago.

The upcoming ECM album puts the work of Mexican writer Octavio Paz (1914-1998) centrestage for the chief reason that the album title is the same as a long autobiographical poem by Paz written in Mexico and Cambridge, Massachusetts, dating to 1974. Two voices exist at the same time in the poem weaving present truth and past reinvention. The last line of the poem translated into English is ''I am the shadow cast by my words.'' The ancient runnings and global concatenations of 'Blue Lamp' itself draw together many strands in this luminescent art music and include a very expressive solo from Jormin after the stark and beautiful vocal's main exposition.

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Anders Jormin, photo: Hreinn Gudlaugsson