Open – in a silent way: Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola embrace the ambient

One of 2021's most acclaimed jazz-related releases was Promises from electronica artist Floating Points and jazz saxophone titan Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra. In a not very dissimilar style minus a symphony orchestra and yet …

Published: 8 Dec 2021. Updated: 51 days.

One of 2021's most acclaimed jazz-related releases was Promises from electronica artist Floating Points and jazz saxophone titan Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra. In a not very dissimilar style minus a symphony orchestra and yet the sound scales up just as magisterially, the Finnish duo of reedist Tapani Rinne and synth player Juha Mäki-Patola enter that remarkable still and ambient zone and it's another stunning approach that is worth becoming familiar with immediately ahead of the full album Open's 2022 release on the Seattle-based Hush Hush label.

Rinne already has been part of a classic recording of European free-music on the momentous Edward Vesala classic Lumi released by ECM in 1986. But this is his first collaboration with a musician from a further generation on in Mäki-Patola whose inspirations include Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nils Frahm and Max Richter and who emerged as a solo artist just last year with the album Breath.

Mäki-Patola says: ''The Beginning for 'Open Part I' was the meditative piano motif that I sent over to Tapani. He composed improvisational exploratory tenor saxophone melodies over the piano motif and minimal ambient synthesizer layers''. Look out for further singles from Open entitled 'Fall' in late-January and 'Brevity' to be released in mid-February. Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola, top. Photo: Sami Mannerheimo

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The writer Greg Tate has died at the age of 64

The distinguished US music writer Greg Tate has died at the age of 64, No cause of death has been given. His work encompassed hip-hop culture, jazz and so much more. Tate wrote for the Village Voice, Vibe and Spin among other publications and was an …

Published: 8 Dec 2021. Updated: 51 days.

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The distinguished US music writer Greg Tate has died at the age of 64, No cause of death has been given. His work encompassed hip-hop culture, jazz and so much more. Tate wrote for the Village Voice, Vibe and Spin among other publications and was an early chronicler of hip-hop in the 1980s. He placed hip-hop among the avant-garde, jazz and broader black culture in his thinking and his books included Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and most famously collected writings from the Voice titled Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America which was published in 1992. He was also a member of the Black Rock Coalition from the beginning and as a musician played in the sprawling big band Burnt Sugar which we caught live in 2006 at a festival in Finland. Last year Tate co-curated an exhibition on Basquiat and hip-hop for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.