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Helsinki, Finland (2001 – present)

There are, at least, three bands named Quintessence: 1) A 60s/70s British band. 2) A Finnish / / band. 3) A French band.

1) A 60s/70s British ‘psychedelic rock’ (aka The Quintessence), formed in 1969, by flautist Raja Ram. Quintessence were an indo-prog/raga rock group from Notting Hill, London. They played a mixture of Indian ragas, progressive rock and jazz, with mystical overtones. After signing to Island Records, they released three lavishly packaged LPs: In Blissful Company (1969), Quintessence (1970), and Dive Deep (1971). They then signed with RCA for a further two: Self and Indweller (both 1972).Quintessence (2) They were well known on the festival circuit in the late 60’s/early 70’s, appearing at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1971 (and appearing in the subsequent film of the event).

An article from Gandalf’s Garden magazine describing the work of Quintessence (1969):

2) A Finnish nu-soul / jazz / funk band, which started as a trio, in a Helsinki, Finland basement-studio. Aki Haarala (guitars), Jouni Helminen (aka Dharmaone - turntables / programming) & Emma Salokoski (vocals). In 2001, they released their début EP, White Light (on Dorado - soon played regularly by the likes of Gilles Peterson & Trevor Nelson).

When live, the band grew to a sextet, adding: Mikko Kaakkuriniemi (drums), Heikki Laine (bass), Verneri Pohjola (trumpet) & Tuomo Prättälä (keyboards). Later, to further developent of a growing ‘organic’ sound, Helminen took a ‘back seat’. In Nov 2002, they released their début album Talk Less Listen More (on Texicalli).


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  • journik850

    Holy fuck I listened before checking the bio out and I assumed they were a 60's band. GG m8s

    1 Nov 2014 Reply

    Quintessence 60s/70s British psychedelic rock band

    24 Feb 2014 Reply
  • futurolvidado

    Quintessence 60s/70s British psychedelic rock band

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • scottman53

    Phil ' Shiva ' jones original singer with Quintessence is reuniting with Dave ' Maha Dev ' Codling to play some gigs in the north of England in June 2013 , check out Friends of Quintessence on facebook to keep up to date with the tour news , make a date and experience the sound of quintessence and the music of Phil ' Shiva ' Jones .

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Greendaos

    Really progressive... Quintessence is one from most interesting bands

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Everything you want to know about the band

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Kilgore666Trout

    raja ram is da man!

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • nocturana

    Raja Ram is the coolest pensioner on the planet!

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • AmateurHobo

    dude DAT FLUTE, i came

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • KiwiFlash

    Hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • frazorzi

    Not The Quintessence I am listening to, this is another band, you, confused LastFM! Blah.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • HumbertoGillan

    Psychedelic Quintessence is a very good band...

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • rezazereza

    please change the picture for english quintessence. it's annoying. ooooh,, what the hell is wrong with you?

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • My_Music_Diary

    French Quintessence is such a good BM. Deserving attention.

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
  • eSpinoza88

    Psych Quintessence!

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • vitor_lol

    The Psych Quintessence was first who have used this name, so other bands should change their names [6]

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Aartbakkebaard

    There's only one Quintessence and that's the psycedelic one! Raja Ram rules!

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Jones111

    The Psych Quintessence was first who have used this name, so other bands should change their names [5]

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • SchmaltzHerring

    "French Quintessence is only True " Faggot! Only real Quintessence is the psychedelic Quintessence! Black Metal? BWAHAHA

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
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