Album: Iro Haarla Quintet, Vespers (ECM)

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Quietly ecstatic, pastoral cosmic jazz from Finnish pianist and harpist Haarla and band, with Trygve Seim on saxophone and Mathias Eick on trumpet.

Alice Coltrane remains a powerful influence but Haarla – muse/partner to the composer Edward Vesala until his death in 1999 – has created a distinctive personal style of gentle ebb and flow. The ticking cymbals of the legendary drummer Jon Christensen are among the many highlights.