Iiro Rantala

Iiro Rantala, Lars Danielsson, Peter Erskine - How Long Is Now? (2016) {ACT 9823-2}

Iiro Rantala, Lars Danielsson, Peter Erskine - How Long Is Now? (2016) {ACT 9823-2}
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Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Jazz / Modern Creative / Piano Trio

"Avoid the basic concept of the jazz piano trio and make it more groovy, with simple melodies” Iiro Rantala. After the album “My Working Class Hero,” dedicated to John Lennon and “Tears for Esbjörn,” a homage to the influential Swedish pianist, “How Long Is Now?” puts the spotlight fairly and squarely back on to the Finnish pianist, composer and life-force Iiro Rantala. This new trio album with Peter Erskine (drums) and Lars Danielsson (bass) constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantala’s life. Rantala says of the new album: “I think this is one of those ‘composition is the king’ kind of projects. The theme, the writing, the mood of the composition are the most important things.” Seven of the thirteen compositions here are by Rantala himself, three tracks by the other players in the trio, and three more are by others who, in their different ways, have helped to construct Rantala’s appealing musical personality.
Iiro Rantala String Trio - Anyone With A Heart (2014) [Official Digital Download - 24-bit/96kHz]

Iiro Rantala String Trio - Anyone With A Heart (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 58:47 minutes | 1,11 GB
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The classical form of piano trio is unfamiliar in jazz spheres – but, for Finnish pianist/composer Iiro Rantala, Polish violinist Adam Baldych and Austrian cellist Asja Valcic (all classically trained), it seems the perfect grouping to animate these jazz originals from Rantala.

Iiro Rantala - How Long Is Now? (2016)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Aug. 28, 2016
Iiro Rantala - How Long Is Now? (2016)

Iiro Rantala - How Long Is Now?
Jazz | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 57:39 min | 139 MB + 5% Recovery
Label: ACT Music | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2016

After the album 'My Working Class Hero,' dedicated to John Lennon and 'Tears for Esbjörn,' a homage to the influential Swedish pianist, 'How Long Is Now?' puts the spotlight fairly and squarely back on to the Finnish pianist, composer and life-force Iiro Rantala. This new trio album with Peter Erskine (drums) and Lars Danielsson (bass) constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantala s life.

Iiro Rantala - My Working Class Hero (2015) {ACT}  

Posted by tiburon at Dec. 6, 2015
Iiro Rantala - My Working Class Hero (2015) {ACT}

Iiro Rantala - My Working Class Hero (2015) {ACT}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 209MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz

Rantala has recorded this solo piano set of Lennon tunes as a tribute to his own childhood hero, to commemorate what would have been the 75th anniversary of Lennon's birth on 9th October 2015. Using the Steinway D concert grand piano employed by classical legend Alfred Brendel with the Berlin Philharmonic (with even the piano tuner getting a sleeve credit), this is a session of brooding textures, space, touch and nuance. Rantala has mostly approached the project using a pared-down idiom, and the results are a late-night liturgy of memories and love for the music.

Iiro Rantala - My Working Class Hero (2015)  

Posted by mark70 at Dec. 3, 2015
Iiro Rantala - My Working Class Hero (2015)

Iiro Rantala - My Working Class Hero (2015)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 61:59 min | 143 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: ACT Music

An homage to John Lennon. John Lennon would have been seventy-five on October 9th 2015. On 'My Working Class Hero,' the Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala pays tribute to this master of modern song. Throughout the whole album, what may well sound effortless is in fact the result of a long and exacting process by which Rantala - in close discussion with producer Siggi Loch - has worked scrupulously on transforming the original material.
Jukka Perko & Iiro Rantala - It Takes Two to Tango (2015)

Jukka Perko & Iiro Rantala - It Takes Two to Tango (2015)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 48:03 min | 111 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: ACT Music

“It Takes Two To Tango” is the first joint recording of the two, in a lyrically dense discourse on the topic of love in all its facets. It is an homage to their musical homeland and the uniting power of jazz.

Iiro Rantala String Trio - Anyone With a Heart (2014)  

Posted by mark70 at March 14, 2014
Iiro Rantala String Trio - Anyone With a Heart (2014)

Iiro Rantala String Trio - Anyone With a Heart (2014)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 58:41 min | 136 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: ACT Music

The classical form of piano trio is unfamiliar in jazz spheres – but, for Finnish pianist/composer Iiro Rantala, Polish violinist Adam Baldych and Austrian cellist Asja Valcic (all classically trained), it seems the perfect grouping to animate these jazz originals from Rantala.
Iiro Rantala,  Michael Wollny, Leszek Mozdzer - Jazz At Berlin Philharmonic I (2013)

Iiro Rantala, Michael Wollny, Leszek Mozdzer - Jazz At Berlin Philharmonic I (2013)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 56:24 min | 128 MB
Genre: Jazz, Classical | Label: ACT Music

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic: The new concert series in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic picks up on Norman Granz' ground-breaking 1944 idea for Jazz at the Philharmonic . The Berlin Philharmonic Foundation was of the opinion that jazz deserved more attention, and when ACT-owner Siggi Loch remembered the original "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert series, he proposed such a concept for Berlin. It became immediately apparent on 11 December 2012, at the opening night of "Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic", that jazz is a welcome guest.

Iiro Rantala - My History of Jazz (2012)  

Posted by mark70 at Oct. 30, 2012
Iiro Rantala - My History of Jazz (2012)

Iiro Rantala - My History of Jazz (2012)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 60:31 min | 133 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: ACT Music

Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala offers his personal history of the music that captivated him when he was 13. "My history of jazz" takes us from Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, upon which Rantala threads the album like a string of pearls, to George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol, Thelonious Monk and the Swedish cool jazz saxophonist Lars Gullin, alongside five original Rantala compositions. With "my history of jazz" Rantala places himself at the head of a new pianist generation that liberates itself from the inflated cult of the "all new" and instead returns to build on the old jazz tradition of studying the great inventors of the genre.
Iiro Rantala: Piano Concerto, Astorale, Tangonator, Final Fantasy (2006)

Iiro Rantala: Piano Concerto, Astorale, Tangonator, Final Fantasy (2006)
Contemporary Classical, Jazz | 2006 | 57:00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, no log) | Front cover | 231 MB
Iiro Rantala, piano, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jaakko Kuusisto, conductor

Iiro Rantala (b. 1970) is one of the most prominent Finnish jazz musicians best known as the founder and pianist of Trio Toykeat, Finland's internationally most famous jazz band. Rantala has written a concerto, which is not jazz nor contemporary classical music, but it is enjoyable, entertaining, compelling and action-packed music. The orchestration has been done by composer, violinist and conductor Jaakko Kuusisto, who conducts the Tapiola Sinfonietta also on this recording.