City Of Women ‎– City Of Women

Puu ‎– PUU-18
Vinyl, 12", EP, 33 ⅓ RPM

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A1 Soundcheck 0:41
A2 Tablakone
Remix – Jimi Tenor
A3 Liberace
Written-By – J. Tenor*, M. Knaapi*
B1 Viha Yössä 1:53
B2 Veivikone 4:31
B3 Sirkka 4:18
B4 City Of Women 4:02



Recorded at Sound and Fury Studio in Korkeakoski Finland
(C)+(P) Sähkö Recordings 1999
Distribution by EFA

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March 28, 2002

City of Women was co-operative project of Edward Vesala and Jimi Tenor. Unfortunately this was to be the last released recording of the great Finnish freejazz drummer, visionary, composer and band leader Edward Vesala since he deceased unexpectedly in 12/1999.

When you have artists of such different backgrounds as here, with Tenor being a master of the loungejazz and lo-fi electronics and Vesala being a composer of uncompromising new music/free jazz and a drummer of highly personal style, what is expected really is an unsatisfying mixture.

Unfortunately that is just what this is. A very uneven compilation of tracks, where the electronics dont't quite keep up with Vesala's fiery unsymmetrical and arhytmic beats and where Vesala's sampled aggressive freejazz bursts at some points don't fit the music at all.

On side one, track 'Tablakone' (Tabla machine) is a boring sort of a house track, with samples of Vesala's drum beats, and keyboard rhythms by Tenor. Nothing interesting. On side B1, there's some more interesting stuff, with Vesala bashing drums in quite fiery and free fashion and Tenor playing flute and several other instruments. Tenor isn't necessary the jazz-master he would like to be, and Vesala doesn't manage be quite as inspired as usual, so the tracks tend to get a bit pointless after a while. Still, I prefer this side to the boring a staticly rhythmic first. There are some nice beat's performed by a mechanical drum machine called Sirkka and fiery percussion by Edward, but nothing really interesting or innovative.

This record doesn't quite manage to portray the best qualities of neither Jimi Tenor nor Edward Vesala. Seemingly interesting mixture of different musicians sort of proves the old point: you can't mix oil with water. Check their solo output for some of the best free jazz and lo-fi lounge stuff around.