The sound recordings for Jimi Tenor’s “Sähkö: The Movie” got lost in mid 90s. It was only last spring Warp Records returned all the demo tapes Jimi sent them in 90s. Happily the Sähkö soundtrack parts were on those tapes too. This is a compilation of soundtracks (both solo, as Ø, and alongside Ilpo Vaisanen and Sami Salo as Pan Sonic) made for Mika Vainio’s memorial in Oslo in September 2018. All the tracks are from the actual movie scenes.
Jimi Tenor is a multi-instrumentalist and music master in general. ‘Quantum Connection’ is Jimi’s contribution to the recent Kraut-Life craze of the Berlin underground. Kraut-Life is the brand-new hybrid of Ghanaian Highlife and German – here extended to Northern Europe, as Finnish kitchen is also kraut-based – romantic melancholy. A heavy and driving Highlife beat, screaming psychedelic sound-fragments and a sung desire for a subatomic love affair makes the song another undoubted original by Jimi.
Jimi Tenor has compiled a selection of afro jazz tracks that he has written and performed over the years with musicians Icelandic drummer, Helgi Svavar Helgason, Helsinki based guitarist/bassist and journalist Ilkka Mattila, legendary drummer Tony Allen, Cuban & Berlin based trumpeter Daniel Allen Oberto, Ethiopian/Finnish & Helsinki based percussionist Abdissa ‘Mamba’ Assefa (Itetune), Nigerian/German & Berlin based percussionist Akinola Famson, Helsinki based percussionist Mongo Aaltonen, American & Paris based spoken word artist/singer & painter Allonymous, Helsinki based flügelhornist Tero Lindberg, Finnish & Berlin based guitarist Kalle Kalima, Polish & Berlin based bassist Patrick Frankowski, British trombonist Hilary Jeffery and Ghanaian/German & Berlin based drummer Ekow Alabi Savage. Jimi Tenor, born Lassi Osmo Tapio Lehto in Lahti, Finland, who has been releasing recorded music for 30 years, plays several instruments as is his usual practice. He is credited for playing on the upcoming release Saxentric; acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, background vocals, bass kalimba, drums, drum programming, electric guitar, electric piano, flute, Hammond organ, Korg MS-20, Korg PolySix, Log-o-phone, Moog, organ, percussion, Photophone, plastic bongos, programming, shaker, synthesizers, tambourine, tenor saxophone, vocals and Walton organ.
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Finland’s Jimi Tenor is simply a great musician, a true visionary when it comes to dance – and non-dance – experimentalism, and one of the few truly imaginative minds left; yes, we know that’s a bold statement, but it’s what we truly believe. Here he is on Philophon with a deeply explorative 7″, starting with the psychedelic hymns of “Order Of Nothingness”, a song that seems to be drenched in 70’s mysticism, but that somehow also sounds utterly contemporary. “Tropical Eel” is more left of field, where digitised Eastern melodies bleep to a steady, jazzy rhythm that simply calls for a head-nod.
Jimi Tenor has made an instrumental album “Mysterium Magnum” with the Finnish “national” Jazz Orchestra, UMO. UMO is a professional 16 piece orchestra. Specialized in jazz and contemporary rhythm music. Throughout it´s history UMO has had a focus on Finnish composers and has performed hundreds of compositions that were made especially for UMO. Jimi Tenor is a Finnish composer/performing artist maybe best known for his electronic music from the 90´s. This album is the first album that´s is composed entirely for a big band. In 2003 Jimi Tenor had his own big band and made a 6-week European tour, which included Montreux Jazz and North Sea Jazz Festivals. After 2003 Jimi Tenor has worked with an afrobeat group Kabukabu and made three albums with them: “Joystone” (2007, Sähkö), “4th Dimension” (2008, Sähkö) and “The Mystery of Aether” (2012, Kindred Spirits) In 2009 Jimi Tenor made an album with the afrobeat legend Tony Allen called “Information Inspiration” (2009, Strut) Mysterium Magnum was recorded at the rehearsal space of UMO, which is situated at the YLE studios in Helsinki. The music on “Mysterium Magnum” is not typical big band music.