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Jukka Tolonen

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Jukka Tolonen is not only Finland’s national guitar hero but also one of the world’s most respected guitarists. For the past 4 decades, he has captivated audiences through Scandinavia and Europe with his powerful and passionate works. He remains one of the most diverse guitarists of today, being equally proficient in a blues, rock, or fusion jazz environment.

Born in Helsinki in 1952, Tolonen first came to center stage in 1969 when a group of young Finnish musicians merged their collective talents to form the widely popular rock/jazz fusion band Tasavallan Presidentti, who were to record four critically acclaimed albums. During this time, Tolonen also recorded two albums with another well know band Wigwam. These recordings would establish Tolonen as a powerfully explosive and technically spectacular guitarist.

However, it would be his soon coming solo recordings that would really turn the music world upon its collective ear. His self titled debut recording, followed by “Summer Games”, “The Hook”, and “Hysterica” would set new standards for jazz fusion recordings and remain popular world wide even unto today.

Throughout the years, Jukka Tolonen has added his unique wizardry to recordings by Bill’s Boogie Band, Piirpauke, french band Uppsala and most recently a live recording from Tasavallan Presidentti. He has also recorded jazz fusion albums as the Jukka Tolonen Band and a couple of outstanding fusion flavored rock albums as the Jukka Tolonen Trio.

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  • rogerjazzfan

    The best musicians are obscured and hidden. Hats off Jukka!!! [2]

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Just a recommendation: try to find and listen Orrenmaa Band

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    The best musicians are obscured and hidden. Hats off Jukka!!!

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • ahab666

    hehe one of my guitar heroes for like 33 years ....

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • gazad-jewerdin

    This guys is pretty fucking good bros!

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • VelvetMesgue

    Orgasmic

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • niQboy

    On kyllä harmi :( varsinkin nyt kun on raitis ja terve. Jos vertaa noita sen uusia kuvia niihin mitkä otettiin sillon ku se vielä veti kamaa, näyttää kun se ois nuorentunu ainakin 10:llä vuodella!

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
  • miikargh

    @niQboy: On kyllä perkeleen kova levy! Harmi, ettei Jukalla enää taho sormet toimia samaan malliin ku ennen.

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • niQboy

    Kuunnelkaa Last Mohican levy. Tolonen vetää kyllä niin kipeetä settiä siinä että jää Steve Vait ja muut kakkoseks samantien. Törkeen lahjakas jätkä.

    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Moxxxu

    great

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • DariaDeMartini

    Amazing guitarist. [2]

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    Very good!

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • jerhejw

    legend

    26 Dec 2009 Reply
  • niQboy

    Amazing music, songs like Windermere Avenue are some of the best prog rock i've heard, very reminiscent to Camel, King Crimson etc.

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • LAMAMACHA

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 May 2009 Reply
  • ManiacForces

    Amazing guitarist.

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
  • coolwindchris

    Hi Jukka, I have been trying to find a 'home' for my 1960's protest song 'Poor Max!' which you can listen to at 'coolwindchris' here at last.fm. The track was made with Finale so the voice part is wordless, unfortunately. I can send you a .pdf of the music if you are interested - which I hope you will be! Best wishes, Chris Gordon (Coolwindchris)

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ptateosian

    it won't stop coming!!

    24 Sep 2008 Reply
  • ihavesoldout

    \m/

    9 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Jarzki

    I recommend Little Love Song. My favourite. Pekka Pohjola plays a nice bass solo in it also.

    11 Mar 2008 Reply
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