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Raoul Björkenheim/eCsTaSy – Doors of Perception – Cuneiform

Raoul Björkenheim/eCsTaSy – Doors of Perception – Cuneiform

Not your typical prog-jazz fusion. Raoul Björkenheim/eCsTaSy – Doors of Perception [TrackList follows] – Cuneiform, Rune 443 43:05 [10/6/17] ****: (Raoul Björkenheim – electric 6-string guitar, electric 12-string guitar, producer; Pauli Lyytinen – soprano, tenor, alto and bass saxophone, wood flute; Jori Huhtala – double bass; Markku Ounaskari – drums, percussion) Finnish-American guitarist Raoul Björkenheim and his quartet, eCsTaSy [yes, the band’s name is spelled with alternating lowercase and upper-case letters] push outside the limits of prog-jazz on the group’s third release, the 43-minute Doors of Perception. Björkenheim’s previous outings stretched tunes into lengthy sonic excursions. Here, Björkenheim’s music is trimmed down. The longest cut is just short of six minutes, some barely go beyond three minutes. While the pieces are compressed, the overall impact is an album of unconsciously connected impressions with an internal consistency which proceeds from the opening track to the final, tenth piece. Björkenheim and eCsTaSy have been together for seven years and Björkenheim explains, “The band has really developed during the last few years, getting to a point that I had hoped we would reach. We went into the studio with some sketches, but most of the music was created spontaneously, and you get a […]