- Happy jazz band
Happy jazz band was the debut album of Matti Oiling’s band Oiling Boiling. Well, at this point they still called themselves Happy Jazz Band. Although the album is credited to Matti Oiling, it’s clearly an Oiling Boiling album. It’s very similar to their second album Oiling Boiling but somehow more raw and primitive. In a good way of course. In 1971 they did one soundtrack 45 to a movie called Saatanan radikaalit under the name Matti Oiling’s Happy jazz band. Right before they changed their name to Oiling Boiling. The line-up is pretty much the same as in Oiling boiling, although there was some changes and some additional musicians playing at the latter album. There’s a tight small combo playing in this one. Matti Bergström on Fender bass, Paroni Paakkunainen on saxophones, flute and African finger piano, Nono Söderberg on guitar, Tuomo Tanska on organ and Matti Oiling on drums and percussions.
Here are the sleeve notes from the album
Can you imagine a lathe-hand who does lathing in his time off? Or a brick-layer who lays bricks for relaxation after his day’s work? Hard to picture, isn’t it? But I do know a number of professional musicians who relax by making music after a hard and sometimes quite exhausting session at the studio. But the difference lies in what you play in your leisure time. The musicians performing on this record have found a musical form that brings satisfaction and variation and gives them the chance to experiment and to create something new and still untried. That’s real work therapy.
Matti Oiling - a first-class drummer - has gathered around him a number of fellow musicians whose vision and musical comprehension are harmonious and whose ways of thinking run parallel. They are all musicians of the young generation, to whom pop music and jazz music are equally close and whose artistic resources provide them with an opportunity of blending these musical elements. And when they want to make music, the music they make is pervaded by a sense of cheerfulness and humour. You’ll really enjoy this LP. Matti Oiling’s solo - something he cooked up himself - is called “Oiling Boiling”. The recipe, with spices, is provided by Matti himself. The “sound” idea is produced on a Lesley accessory. Paroni Paakkunainen’s soaring imagination is a triumph. His musical skill, uninhibited and humour-imbued, is full of surprises and a wicked Mephistophelean laughter pops up in his performances. Among his many instruments is the Bengal flute - featured in the piece by that same name. He has an impressive range of musical color. Matti Bergström - apart from his Fender bass - introduces his Bascello, which lends its very “different” sound to the item entitled “Stratosphere Inspiration”. Nono Söderberg performs his solo “3/8 Of Nono” on his 1-Watt guitar amplifier - not to save the ears of the rest of the group but just to produce the right instrumental color. Tuomo Tanska - organist, pianist and arranger - also appears on this disc as a composer. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (Setä Tuomon tupa) is his musical vision of a classic work. Thanks to this record I have spent a very rewarding forty-five minutes - and listening to it, one can only feel a gluttonous delight in its surprising and revitalizing musical ideas. Pop and jazz fans will find something that distinguishes this LP record from other LPs - a terrific dose of happy music.
- Ossi Runne, Conductor, Finnish Broadcasting Company TV1
I must say that Happy jazz band is a one truly great album and well worth to get. It’s kind of a mix between 1960s soul jazz, funky drumming, jazzfunk fusion, contemporary jazz sounds and traditional songs with a twist of Slavic melancholy and some weird vocals. And it’s strong from the beginning. The opening track, maybe some kind of a theme song, “Oiling boiling” starts with a banging break with additional tumbas played by Martti Metsäketo. There’s over a minute of drum-tumba breakbeat with some really weird vocals, then a short bridge and then the breakbeat continues again to the full almost two and half minutes length. Great song although it’s still quite unclear to me what are they talking about. As said in the sleeve notes, “Setä Tuomon tupa” (literally “Uncle Tuomo’s cabin”) is a composition of Tuomo Tanska, and you can hear that. It’s almost six minutes long midtempo organ driven r’n'b flavored track with heavy organ improvisation of Tanska that remind me somehow of the works of Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Smith. “Baron’s beat” is a strong soul jazz track with really nice organs. It’s just too short, only two and half minutes. “Africa” instead is over seven minute jazz track with some great guitarwork of Nono Söderberg and really groovy drumming. The last track, “Pässi ja porkkana” (”A ram and a carrot”) has a quite slow start but turns into a great uptempo jazzfunk track with heavy breakbeat drumming of Oiling, wild guitars of Söderberg and wailing saxes of Paakkunainen. In the middle there’s a sort of a hectic break too. While the original is pretty rare and fetches serious prices around hundred euros, there’s a reissue from 2002 that should be more easily obtained.
Setä Tuomon tupa
Pässi ja porkkana