Jimi Tenor & band featuring
Finnish minitour 20 - 22 Dec
The three-show Jimi Tenor minitour
in Finland last week totally rocked!
The line-up for the tour was Jimi Tenor
and Nicole Willis, of course, Ilkka Mattila (guitar),
T. Puranen of Op:l Bastards (bass), Simon Pearson (drums)
and a horn section featuring top Finnish players Markku
Veijonsuo (trombone) and Mikko Pettinen (trumpet)
Instead of two separate sets - one
for Jimi, one for Nicole - as was the idea originally,
they played one powerful jazz-rock-soul-funk-fusion
set, which turned out to be a good idea.
The first 45 minutes of the Helsinki
show was also broadcast live on Radiomafia, and hopefully
heard around the world on the web.
A special treat for the final show
in Tampere, was a screening of Jimi's and Jusu Lounela's
short film Urinator (1994). The film-makers watched
the masterpiece with quite apparent expressions of joy.
Nicole, who now saw her husbands film for the first
time seemed pretty amused too. And evidently this was
the biggest audience for a Jimi Tenor film ever.
Later on, while most of band were probably
asleep in their hotel, a stray top-class horn section
was spotted on the main street in Tampere jamming along
with a local street musician.
New t-shirts were introduced and sold
during the tour; a simple classy Jimi Tenor shirt and
a Nicole Willis shirt with the logo from her album,
both in black and off-white, and another Nicole shirt,
white with the logo text printed in gold.
20 Dec 00: Säätämö,
21 Dec 00: Tavastia, Helsinki
22 Dec 00: Club Telex, Yo-talo, Tampere
from the Tampere and Helsinki shows
Tracks from the Tampere show
Telex report at pHinnweb
Sanomat and Helsingin