Tapani Rinne & Juha Mäki-Patola: Open (Hush Hush, 2022)

April 2, 2022 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tapani Rinne & Juha Mäki-Patola: Open

Finnish musicians Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola conjure a vast, snowy landscape on their first collaboration. Rinne’s saxophone and clarinet playing is gently nuanced yet rich and expressive, and Mäki-Patola adds a comforting aura with his softly glowing layers of synths. The lapping waves of pieces like “Leave” make this album seem a little closer to ambient than jazz, yet there’s something warm and longing about Rinne’s saxophone playing that just doesn’t come across in most ambient music. It has to be said that the piano melodies in pieces like both parts of “Open” bring to mind last year’s Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders collaboration, although this one doesn’t have an orchestra elevating it to the heavens. Still, this is a soothing album to help you clear your mind.

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