|23.9. julkaistu Esa Pethman In Belgium 1967 on ensimmäinen osa We Jazzin uudessa kotimaisia harvinaisuuksia esittelevässä EP-julkaisusarjassa
Suomalaisiin jazzlegendoihin lukeutuvan Esa Pethmanin diskografia saa tänään arvokkaan lisäyksen, kun We Jazz Records julkaisee kahden kappaleen vinyyli- ja digi-EP:n In Belgium 1967. Levyllä Pethmania kuullaan kahdessa eri kokoonpanossa esittämässä ennen kuulemattomat nauhoitukset The Flame ja Like Steel. The Flame on Pethmanin sävellys, Like Steel puolestaan levyllä soittavan sveitsiläissaksofonisti Heinz Biglerin käsiaalaa.
Julkaisun myötä We Jazz aloittaa uuden seitsentuumaisten arkistolevyjen sarjan, joka esittelee harvinaisia ja ennenjulkaisemattomia äänityksiä. Jatkoa on luvassa alkuvuodesta 2023.
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Mikko Mattlar kirjoittaa julkaisun kansiteksteissä seuraavasti:
”Esa Pethman (b. 1938) was one of the key figures of modern Finnish jazz in the 1960s. His album The Modern Sound Of Finland was the first Finnish modern jazz album and his composition ”The Flame” a true modern Fenno-jazz evergreen.
Young Pethman played flute and saxophone in local bands who accompanied schlager singers. They played tangos and waltzes for dancers, but usually started a typical dance event with an hour of jazz. In 1959 Pethman moved to Helsinki to study music at the Sibelius Academy. Back then it was a strictly classical music academy, but Pethman later described the studies as crucial for his development and career. He quickly made his way to studio sessions and into the best orchestras in Helsinki.
As a student of composition, Pethman also began writing his own music. ”The Flame” was a melody he just got on his mind one night, and he decided to write it down. The catchy composition was released as a 7″ single in 1964, a year before Pethman’s debut album. Both records stand as benchmarks for modern Finnish jazz. The album consisted entirely of Pethman’s compositions, not versions of jazz standards like a lot of the Finnish jazz released until then.
In the mid 1960s, Finnish jazz was also taking its first international steps. Pethman’s quintet took part in the first Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in June 1967. At the Montreux jazz band competition, the quintet came in fourth of the twelve contestants. Despite not winning the competition, the band got an honourable mention, and Pethman was now recognized outside Finland.
In December 1967 Pethman travelled to Brussels. His visit was organised by the national Finnish broadcasting company Yleisradio and their jazz program producer Matti Konttinen. Konttinen was supposed to go to Brussels with Pethman, but the musician ended up traveling alone.
In the Decca recording studios Pethman played two songs. He recorded a version of his most famous composition ”The Flame”, where he played the alto flute and was accompanied by Belgian musicians. On Swiss saxophonist Heinz Bigler’s composition ”Like Steel”, Pethman played the tenor saxophone. The band was now more international, consisting of Bigler, the Italian Francesco Santucci, the Dane Uffe Karskov, a Belgian rhythm section and Pethman. After 55 years, Pethman still remembers Bigler’s remarkable skills as a saxophonist.”