The first CD of the Finnish group Mist Season is an original and many-faced, but coherent collection of 11 tracks. The atmosphere of the album varies from moods that that tap the feet to cosmic feelings; from a jazz waltz and ballads to groovy rhythms. Contrary to the present-day trends, every single note in the album is played by a human hand; no programming or other mechanical aids of playing are used. Mist Season lays great emphasis on a personal touch, distinct melodies, and musical stories and feelings that the compositions transmit. A living legend in the Finnish prog scene, Tommi Liuhala, who has been working already in the 70's with bands such as Wigwam, Kalevala, and Haikara, took part in the production of the Mist Season debut CD. Mist Season can been compared to PFM, Camel, Phil Miller, Pekka Pohjola, Yellowjackets, Koinonia, Passport and Pat Metheny Group. One of the highlights in the CD is a 20 page, 4-color booklet that contains photographic art of Esko Tuovinen. The photos underline the musical moods to a great extent, but each of them is yet a work of art in itself. Mist Season was founded in 2004, in Hämeenlinna (Finland). The desire to play music including a spectrum of emotional and dynamic elements, bordering between progressive rock and fusion was the initiative for the group which consists of five members. Keijo Hakala (bass) has extensive experience as a rock / jazz musician. This holds true for Kimmo Pörsti (drums) as well, who has been involved, for instance, in numerous television music productions. Both Jukka Pitkänen (trumpet) and Tommi Varjola (guitar) are teachers in a music institute. Tommi Varjola and Timo Kajamies (keyboards) both have classical training. Kari Rantakallio (sax) is a professional sax player in a brass band in addition to many theater productions. The players have gathered musical experience with an array of different artists, such as Jouko Kantola (formerly with Kaamos), Juhani Aaltonen (formerly with Tasavallan Presidentti), Ted Curson (formerly with Charles Mingus) and Movetron.
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