RYTMI 6/2004 LEENA ISBOM
Translated by Tuija Modinos
Original review in Finnish (jpg, 154 Kb)
Timo Pratskin : update
Timo Pratskin, a keyboard player known from various bands and for his
various styles, has composed all the pieces on this record, and also
produced it. His co-players include guitarist Varre Vartiainen, bassist
Jaan Wessman and drummer-percussionists Leevi Leppänen and Anssi Nykänen.
The sounds of the first tracks on the record remind me to an extent of the
1970s' super bands such as Weather Report and Steps Ahead, although on
Pratskin's record saxophone has been replaced with Varre Vartiainen's
magnificently playing guitar. Later the music shifts from the 1970s' fusion
to the grooving organ sounds, pieceful, tuneful tracks and to a very
Finnish language of melodics and rhythm. This record shows the versatility
of Pratskin as a composer.
Everbody on the record plays magnificently, but Vartiainen and Pratskin
come across as the ones playing the key roles. In spite of the various
styles included in the record it is a unified whole, but on the other hand
the overall impression of the record is perhaps a bit one sided.