Monday, June 26, 2006

Jukka Tolonen - "The Hook" [1974] @ VBR 212/"Hysterica" [1975] @ 320 (Finnish Jazz Fusion)

Jukka Tolonen is not only Finland's national guitar hero but also one of the world's most respected guitarists. For the past 4 decades, he has captivated audiences through Scandinavia and Europe with his powerful and passionate works. He remains of the the most diverse guitarists of today, being equally proficient in a blues, rock, or fusion jazz environment.

Born in Helsinki in 1952, Tolonen first came to center stage in 1969 when a group of young Finnish musicians merged their collective talents to form the widely popular rock/jazz fusion band Tasavallan Presidentti, who were to record four critically acclaimed albums. During this time, Tolonen also recorded two albums with another well know band Wigwam. These recordings would establish Tolonen as a powerfully explosive and technically spectacular guitarist.

However, it would be his soon coming solo recordings that would really turn the music world upon its collective ear. His self titled debut recording, followed by "Summer Games", "The Hook", and "Hysterica" would set new standards for jazz fusion recordings and remain popular world wide even unto today.


Highly Recommended!

Jukka Tolonen - "The Hook" - 04 - The Hook....
Jukka Tolonen - "Hysterica" - 03 - Hysterica.....

Keep Listening!!!!

Links in comments....


Raw & Real Retail said...

Here are the links:

Jukka Tolonen - The Hook:

Jukka Tolonen - Hysteria:


ulaes said...

This is great and thanks for posting. I'd love to hear more like Summer Games or Tolonen too if you have them.

Anonymous said...


Any ex-Wigwam members stuff is great, since that is such a great group. Please note Song 5 of The Hook has to be "Together". Also Hysterica Cover is used as Cover for The Hook. Still a great treat though!!!


Albert the Sunshine Boy

Raw & Real Retail said...

Hi Albert,
Thanks for pointing that out. The cover you are thinking of is the split release. The cover shown is the Love remaster reissue. Keep the comments coming!!

Anonymous said...

also note that hiphop group Blackalisious has used the first track of Hook for their first track of the magnificent album NIA. great posts thanks

Anonymous said...

links off!!! =(

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