"Raoul Björkenheim’s Solar Winds captures the spirit of Coltrane’s
later music. Björkenheim’s playing is very much in the
spiritual jazz vein, intense and reaching for a higher
consciousness. It’s a deeply felt, propulsive work by a
master guitarist you may not have on your list" - George Grella (The New York City Jazz Record)
"Sublime guitar lines that soar like birds of prey in the sky, daring harmonic innovations and immersive metric modulations to make your heart bleed with anguish, ecstasy and joy." - Petri Silas (The Finnish Music Quarterly)
"dizzying dialogues which rose in spirals in space like incantations and are reminiscent of the heyday of the Mahavishnu Orchestra" - Michel Rondeau (pamn360.com
"an album that melds fusion and free with great success" - (JazzAndBlues blog)
"The musicians don’t stick up to the rules and ordinary conventions – they make surprising, inventive or even radical musical decisions. All four musicians are using wide range of playing techniques, ways of improvising and expressions – they succesfully create an innovative, expressive and dynamic sound of “Solar Winds” " - (AvantScena blog)
"A disc that conveys urgency and truth, a vivid picture that seems to have been made by recalling Picasso's wise warning: "If you paint, close your eyes and sing." - Nazim Comunale (Il Giornale della Musica)
"There is no better feeling than having music pull one out of their seats and put them on a roller coaster ride or magic carpet journey and that is what we get here" - Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery)
"I absolutely LOVE the ‘Solar Winds’ album!" - Laurence Donohue-Greene (The New York City Jazz Record)
Avant jazz and rock guitar ace Raoul Björkenheim pays tribute to his musical hero and paragon John Coltrane, with this new work comprising five covers and two originals.
SOLAR WINDS shines with passion, warmth, and energy in its purest form, in an innovative and unusual guitar/violin/bass and drums quartet. All the Italian musicians demonstrate experience of the highest caliber, joining Raoul on this album for a collective song of praise dedicated to the immense heritage of John William Coltrane: musician, illuminated human being, and inspiration for all.
This visionary music sees Björkenheim delivering his own sheets of sound with layers of highly electric fretwork reminescent of the best guitar jazz and rock, looking at the past and the future simultaneously. The musicians supporting him in this project literally send his guitar and the music into space.
released February 11, 2020
Raoul Björkenheim: electric guitar
Silvia Bolognesi: contrabass
Tiziano Tononi: drums, percussion, gong
Emanuele Parrini: violin