Pirkka Åman writes about the
downhill of the music industry in Finnish newspaper
weekly supplement on Sep 27. Comments from Jimi are
included: "Now the big companies keep releasing
boring music, which I personally haven't listened to
in years. The downfall of the industry would be good
for live music too", says Jimi. "Music could
be distributed on the web, for free. The artists would
get paid as before the industry existed - from live
Jimi Tenor's unrealized
film project popped up in Helsingin
Sanomat on Sunday 14 Sep in a story about abandoned
Jean Sibelius (Finnish national composer) film projects.
A good review of Jimi's show at the
Sun Ra tribute night at North Sea Jazz festival appeared
in the Dutch newspaper De
Volkskrant, read a translation
Excellent reviews of the Jimi Tenor
Big Band at London's Jazz Cafe... The Evening Standard
writes: "At last, a jazz showman for the 21st century
... Nothing as colourful as this youthful 11-piece crew
has been seen since Sun Ra shuffled off to another planet
... Where Jimi goes next is anyone's guess, put his
potential is immense. Here's a multi-gifted jazz performer
reaching and exiting pop-conditioned audiences who don't
care about nostalgia or a vast backlog of historic recordings.
Revolutionary." Also read the four-star Guardian
review on line.
A Jimi Tenor interview appears in Alias
(Italy) on 1 March.
"I usually just check my homepage
to see what I've been up to and when", Jimi says
(Finland) issue 3/03, and in the following issue recommends
Sun Ra's Space is the Place album.
(Finland) issue 2/03 interviews Jimi Tenor: "I've
never really listened to Zappa, well maybe two songs
or so... Now I've decided to get some Zappa. I've placed
"At home I listen to old records
like seventies jazz-fusion from Stanley Clarke or good
eighties dub from King Tubby. I don't listen to new
stuff, some journalists tend to link my music to artists
releasing stuff nowadays, but I don't know most of the
guys I'm linked to", says Jimi in Plastiks
(Belgium) issue 59.
Good reviews for Higher
Planes so far: five stars from Uncut
(UK), four out of five from Rytmi
(Finland) gives 9 out of 10 as does Eesti
Ekspress (Estonia), Plastiks
(Belgium) gives four stars, Nieuwe
Revu (Netherlands) also four stars out of five.
"Confidence and maturity on every track",
says The Irish Times giving three stars. A four-star
review along with a short interview appears in Rockstar
(Italy) Feb 2003. "The best psychedelic funk album
since Lonnie Liston Smith's 1976 'Reflection of a Golden
Dream'", says Frequency (Italy).
appearances archive: 2003 2002