Vesa-Matti Loiri

Actor/singer/flautist Vesa-Matti Loiri’s debut album 4+20 was a largely instrumental piece of psychedelic jazz. The follow-up, Vesku Suomesta, from 1972, is more vocal-oriented but no less psychedelic. With guitar hero Hasse Walli, keyboard experimentalist Esa Helasvuo and free jazz guru Edward Vesala in the lineup and with the material consisting of Finnish folk traditionals, the outcome is an oddly captivating and unique set of vocal jazz caught between tradition and the avant-garde.

The Svart reissue is the first vinyl reissue of this album. Mastered for vinyl from the original tapes, the LP comes with the original layout expanded to gatefold format.