Olli Ahvenlahti – The Poet

The PoetFunky music comes in many forms and genres, and jazz is no exception. A lot of us go nuts for these early to mid 70’s jazz funk gems that we can buy for a dollar. This original, if you bought for a dollar would be quite a score. However, Mr. Bongo has more treats for you besides his Brazil 45s series. It’s a Finnish jazz funk gem from pianist Olli Ahvenlahti. Originally released on Love Records of Finland in 1976, this record is hard to come by. Ahvenlahti is one of Finland’s most well known jazz musicians, through his work with the UMO Jazz Orchestra and Eurovision Songwriting Contest for which he conducted for eight years in he 1990’s. He now composes music for radio and television in Finland at YLE.

This record became hot in the 90’s as the London acid jazz scene picked up the tune “Grandma’s Rocking Chair”. Dancers dug its pace and percussion, and Kenny Dope reworked it in 2001. Sides like the title track “The Poet” and “A Day At The Zoo” are soul jazz at its finest, while the upbeat “Sambatown (Rockridge)” throws in some latin flavor for good measure. A fusion track we really dig is called “Sunday’s Stuff”. The Billy Cobham-esque drums, those horns, and killer bass get us throughout the whole seven plus minutes. This is definitely the kind of stuff we like to stand behind here at Flea Market Funk. This kind of stuff was not accessible to a lot of people when it came out originally, so to be able to grab this full length in any capacity thirty some odd years later is a bonus. Packaged in a heavyweight card sleeve and pressed on high quality vinyl, this release will have the original label and artwork as well. Available on September 28th on CD and vinyl, file this under jazz you may have missed because you were too young to know.

Get the record here.

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