Iiro Rantala - Lost Heroes
I've felt really inspired to listen to Iiro Rantala these past couple of days. This particular album features him playing solo and is dedicated to people who have been inspirational to his music but have sadly passed on, "Lost Heroes". The song "Tears for Esbjörn" in particular is dedicated to fellow jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson who was a dear friend, and whose passing left Iiro depressed for months, having a dramatic impact on his music which really shows on this album. Lost Heroes won the respected German ECHO Award in 2011 for being the recording of the year.
The third video differs quite a lot from the performance that is on the album but such is the nature of jazz, and man is it an exceptional performance! I only heard it for the first time yesterday and can't get enough of it.