JIMI TENOR & UMO JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Jimi Tenor has made an instrumental album Mysterium Magnum with the Finnish national Jazz Orchestra, UMO.
UMO is a professional 16 piece orchestra. Specialized in jazz and contemporary rhythm music. Throughout it’s history UMO has had a focus on Finnish composers and has performed hundreds of compositions that were made especially for themselves.
Jimi Tenor is a Finnish composer & performing artist established himself with his releases on Warp Records and Sähkö Recordings, most notably album, Europa and track, Take Me Baby. Through the past 20 years Mr. Tenor has been a composer/arranger of brave, detective/pulp fiction/car-chase/cinematic/afro-jazz. Mysterium Magnum will be his first album that is composed entirely for a big band or more grandly put, a Jazz Orchestra. In 2003 Jimi Tenor had his own big band which made a 6-week European tour, with dates that included Montreaux and North Sea Jazz Festivals.
After 2003, Mr.Tenor collaborated with Berlin based Afrobeat group Kabu Kabu and made three albums with them: Joystone (2007, Sähkö Recordings), 4th Dimension (2008, Sähkö Recordings) and The Mystery of Aether (2012, Kindred Spirits).
In 2009 Jimi Tenor collaborated on an album with the renowned and original Afrobeat drummer, Tony Allen, titled Information Inspiration Volume 4 (2009, Strut), which received critical acclaim.
Mysterium Magnum was recorded at the rehearsal studios of UMO Jazz Orchestra, which is situated at the YLE studios in Ilmala, Helsinki.
The music on Mysterium Magnum is not your typical big band music. It varies from mystical contemporary compositions like Koneen Sydän, Huumatun Pako, Mysticum Minus, Sähköinen Laji to cinematic themes like Kratera and I Was Here.
On the album Mr.Tenor himself plays Russian synthesizer RITM-2, tenor saxophone and flute.
All tracks are skillfully composed and arranged by Jimi Tenor.