Raoul Björkenheim

guitarist, composer

born 1956 in Los Angeles, California, to Finnish parents; resident of Finland from age 15; relocated to New York City in 2001.

Link to Raoul's own site. (The discography here looks strangely familiar...)

RAOUL BJÖRKENHEIM DISCOGRAPHY
compiled by Dan Kurdilla : updated December 17, 2010

Note: This discography is 'unofficial'; I have no contact information for any musician mentioned herein.

Where a title is given in blue, details have been taken directly from a copy of the recording. Details for recordings with red titles are less certain; I welcome additions and corrections. E-mail with any info you'd like to provide.

Edward Vesala: Bad Luck, Good Luck Leo 015 (Finland) [LP]
   
  1. Song Of The Witch Doctors 10:59
  2. Caliban 4:55
  3. Bad Luck, Good Luck 8:44
  4. Bread For Soul 8:16
  5. Noble Man 6:38
  6. Arcilemac 5:09
  7. Out Of Mascarade 4:17

all composed by Vesala

recorded December 1983, Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland

Tomasz Stanko, trumpet; Juhani Aaltonen, alto and tenor saxophones; Edward Vesala, drums; with UMO: Heikki Haimila, Esko Heikkinen, Olli Högström, Markku Johansson, trumpets; Juhani Aalto, Petri Juutilainen, Mircea Stan, trombones; Tom Bildo, tuba; Pentti Lahti, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute; Pepa Päivinen, soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, flute; Teemu Salminen, soprano and tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute; Unto Haapa-aho, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Raoul Björkenheim, guitar; Iro Haarla, piano, harp; Pekka Sarmanto, bass; Esko Rosnell, drums; Esko Linnavalli, conductor

Edward Vesala: Kullervo Leo 017 (Finland) [LP]
   
  1. Osa 1 21:12
  2. Osa 2 26:05

all music composed by Vesala

recorded December 1984-February 1985, Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland

Ritva Ahonen, recitation; Esko Heikkinen, trumpet; Jari Hongisto, Markku Veijonsuo, trombones, tubas; Juhani Aaltonen, alto and tenor saxophones, flutes; Pepa Päivinen, soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, flutes, bass clarinet; Heikki Wikla, bassoon; Raoul Björkenheim, guitar; Iro Haarla, piano, harp; Antti Hytti, bass; Edward Vesala, drums

Edward Vesala – Sound And Fury: Lumi ECM 1339 [LP/CD]
   
  1. The Wind 8:59
  2. Frozen Melody 4:18
  3. Calypso Bulbosa 4:51
  4. Third Moon 2:52
  5. Lumi 6:35
  6. Camel Walk 4:55
  7. Fingo 3:21
  8. Early Messenger 2:27
  9. Together (Vesala/Stanko) 6:14

composed by Vesala except as noted

recorded June 1986, Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland

Esko Heikkinen, trumpet; Tom Bildo, trombone, tuba; Pentti Lahti, alto and baritone saxophones, flutes; Jorma Tapio, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute; Tapani Rinne, tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet; Kari Heinilä, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute; Raoul Björkenheim, guitar; Iro Haarla, piano, harp; Taito Vainio, accordion; Häkä, bass; Edward Vesala, drums

Rinne Radio Leo 019 (Finland) [LP], Aani AA-X-003 (Finland) [CD]
   
  1. Setsibo 5:08
  2. Walking Eyes 3:23
  3. Between Tomorrow And Nothing 3:33
  4. But Anyway Green 4:19
  5. Let’s Have Donc Line 3:13
  6. After You’ve Burned Your Cards 5:14
  7. O-Bou 5:59
  8. Ula (Tapani Rinne) 4:03
  9. Quatzaa Buldi 3:05

composed by Edward Vesala except as noted

recorded at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland, date not given – circa 1988

Tapani Rinne, tenor, soprano, alto, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet; Seppo Tyni, guitar, bass guitar; Iro Haarla, piano, synthesizers, harp; Edward Vesala, drums; Antero Priha, trumpet on 1, 2, 4, 6; Simo Salminen, trumpet on 3, 7; Raoul Björkenheim, guitar on 6; Jimi Sumen, guitar on 7

Raoul Björkenheim & Krakatau: Ritual Hieronymus KR1 (Finland) [LP], Cuneiform Rune 86 [CD]
   
  1. Foot Talk 7:10
  2. La Lluana 2:06
  3. Matinaal 6:48
  4. Epilog 4:42
  5. Go 2:15
  6. Dog Honk 1:58
  7. Ritual 8:11
  8. What? (Björkenheim/Tapio/Rinne/Lassila/Lehto/Lambert) 2:18
  9. New Day 6:30
  10. Ray 2:59
  11. Bygones 5:35
  12. Relentless (Björkenheim/Lassila/Lehto) 9:04

Note: Tracks 11, 12 are on the CD edition only. The CD was issued in 1996.

composed by Raoul Björkenheim except as noted

recorded 1988, Finnvox, Helsinki
except tracks 11, 12: recorded 1989, 1990, Cable Factory, Helsinki

Jorma Tapio, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, bass flute, bones; Tapani Rinne, tenor and baritone saxophones, wood flute; Raoul Björkenheim, guitar, talking drum, shekere, rebab; Sampo Lassila, bass, electric bass; Heikki Lehto, Michel Lambert, drums
on tracks 11, 12: Björkenheim, Lassila, Lehto only

Raoul Björkenheim & Krakatau: Alive Hieronymus KRCD2 (Finland) [CD]
   
  1. Sornu (Björkenheim/Lassila) 6:28
  2. I'm Told 7:30
  3. Blood Hot (Björkenheim/Lassila) 5:56
  4. Hiccup Pig 4:53
  5. Ancient Dust 8:33
  6. Surge 5:19
  7. Motor Oil 3:15
  8. New Day 9:29

composed by Raoul Björkenheim except as noted

recorded live November 14-15, 1989, Studio Julius, Helsinki

Raoul Björkenheim, guitar; Sampo Lassila, bass; Michel Lambert, drums

UMO Plays the Music of Raoul Björkenheim: Primal Mind UMO 111 (Finland) [CD]
   
  1. Primal Mind 10:01
  2. The Doldrums 7:38
  3. Monkey Dance 5:38
  4. The Fathers 11:54
  5. Doom Mood 7:16
  6. Lullaby In Bells 2:45
  7. Rapids 6:23
  8. Towers 7:11
  9. Whooz Blooz 9:23

Note: CD first released in 2010.

all composed by Raoul Björkenheim

recorded live May 10, 1991, Jumo Jazz Club, Helsinki

Esko Heikkinen, Simo Salminen, Timo Paasonen, Heikki Haimila, trumpet; Jari Hongisto, Juhani Aalto, Mircea Stan, trombone; Mikael Långbacka, bass trombone; Jukka Perko, alto and soprano saxophone, clarinet; Pentti Lahti, alto, soprano and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, bass flute; Kari Heinilä, tenor saxophone, flute; Teemu Salminen, tenor saxophone, alto and bass flute; Pepa Päivinen, tenor and baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, alto flute; Raoul Björkenheim, electric guitar; Ulf Krokfors, Pekka Sarmanto, bass; Tom Nekljudow, drums, percussion; Jukka Linkola, conductor

Krakatau: Volition ECM 1466 [CD]
   
  1. Brujo * 7:38
  2. Volition 9:26
  3. Nai * 6:03
  4. Bullroarer * 2:16
  5. Changgo 4:22
  6. Little Big Horn * 8:41
  7. Dalens Ande 6:21

composed by Raoul Björkenheim except * by Björkenheim/Takamäki/Krokfors/Forsman

recorded December 1991, Rainbow Studio, Oslo

Jone Takamäki, tenor saxophone, krakaphone, toppophone, whirlpipe; Raoul Björkenheim, guitars, shekere; Uffe Krokfors, bass; Alf Forsman, drums

Krakatau: Matinale ECM 1529 [CD]
   
  1. Matinale (Björkenheim) 6:26
  2. Unseen Sea Scene (Björkenheim/Takamäki/Krokfors/Kätkä) 2:55
  3. Jai-Ping (Björkenheim/Takamäki/Krokfors/Kätkä) 3:28
  4. Rural (Takamäki/Krokfors) 3:52
  5. For Bernard Moore (Krokfors) 8:08
  6. Sarajevo (Björkenheim) 12:27
  7. Suhka (Takamäki) 7:07
  8. Raging Thirst (Björkenheim) 3:27

recorded November 1993, Hardstudios, Winterthur

Jone Takamäki, tenor, alto, soprano, and bass saxophones, krakaphone, flutes, bell; Raoul Björkenheim, guitars, bass recorder, gong; Uffe Krokfors, bass, percussion; Ippe Kätkä, drums, gongs, percussion

various artists: Finnish Jazz '95 FJCD 904 (Finland) [CD]
   
  11. Opening (Björkenheim/Krokfors/Kätkä/Takamäki) 5:10

Note: Other tracks are without Björkenheim.

recorded at Studio M1, Finnish Broadcasting Company, Helsinki, date not given (CD issued 1995)

Krakatau: Jone Takamäki, saxophones; Raoul Björkenheim, guitar; Uffe Krokfors, bass; Ippe Kätkä, drums

Paul Schütze + Phantom City: Site Anubis Big Cat ABB106CD [CD]
   
  1. Future Nights 12:23
  2. An Early Mutation 7:24
  3. Blue Like Petrol 7:08
  4. The Big God Blows In 7:04
  5. Ten Acre Ghost 6:30
  6. Eight Legs Out Of Limbo 12:34
  7. Inflammable Shadow 6:27

no composition credit given (presumably all by Schütze)

recorded in Basel, London, Helsinki, Brussels, New York, and Seattle, dates not given (CD issued 1996)

Paul Schütze, keyboards, tape, samplers; Raoul Björkenheim, guitars (except on 7); Bill Laswell, electric bass (except on 4, 7); Dirk Wachtelaer, drums (except on 7); Alex Buess, bass and contrabass clarinets on 2, 3, 5; Julian Priester, trombone on 4, 6; Lol Coxhill, soprano saxophone on 6, 7

Phantom City: Shiva Recoil Virgin 7243 8 44060 2 8 [CD]
   
  1. Black Data II 13:59
  2. Black Data I 38:48

all composed by Phantom City

recorded November 3, 1996, Tampere Jazz Happening, Pakkahuone, Finland

Toshinori Kondo, trumpet; Alex Buess, bass clarinet; Raoul Björkenheim, guitar; Paul Schütze, keyboards, tapes; Bill Laswell, electric bass; Dirk Wachtelaer, drums

Nicky Skopelitis/Raoul Björkenheim: Revelator Douglas Music ADC12 [CD], Innerhythmic INR009 [CD]
   
  1. Sacrament 15:16
  2. Epiphany 15:01
  3. Fresh Meat And Roses 11:41
  4. Right As Rain 15:09

no composition credits given

recorded at Greenpoint Studio, Brooklyn, New York, circa 1997

Nicky Skopelitis, guitars, baglama, electric sitar; Raoul Björkenheim, guitars, bowed guitar, percussion; Bill Buchen, tablas, water drum, log drum; Bill Laswell, sounds

UMO Jazz Orchestra: Electrifying Miles A Records AL 73153 (Netherlands) [CD]
   
  1. High Speed Chase (Miles Davis, arr. Tim Hagans) 7:58
  2. Prince of Darkness (Wayne Shorter, arr. Kari Heinilä) 6:57
  3. Spanish Key (Miles Davis, arr. Jarmo Savolainen) 9:11
  4. What It Is (Miles Davis/John Scofield, arr. Jarno Kukkonen) 3:53
  5. Sanctuary (Wayne Shorter, arr. Raoul Björkenheim) 7:13
  6. Fast Track - Come Get It (Miles Davis, arr. Jarmo Saari) 6:46
  7. Nefertiti (Wayne Shorter, arr. Eero Koivistoinen) 6:34
  8. Calypso Frelimo (Miles Davis, arr. Raoul Björkenheim) 12:11

recorded April 1997, Finnvox Studios, Helsinki

Eero Koivistoinen, conductor, tenor saxophone; Tim Hagans, trumpet soloist; Esko Heikkinen, Timo Paasonen, Teemu Mattsson, Mikko Pettinen, trumpet, fluegelhorn; Markku Veijonsuo, Mikko Mustonen, Pekka Laukkanen, trombone; Mikael Långbacka, bass trombone; Pentti Lahti, alto and soprano saxophones, flute; Jouni Järvelä, alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet; Teemu Salminen, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute; Janne Murto, tenor saxophone, flute; Pepa Päivinen, baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, flute; Raoul Björkenheim, guitar; Jarmo Savolainen, piano, electric piano, synthesizer; Jukka Hakoköngäs, organ, electric piano; Pekka Sarmanto, bass on 2, 5, 7; Harri Rantanen, electric bass on 1, 3, 4, 6, 8; Markus Ketola, drums on 2, 3, 5, 7, 8; Anssi Nykänen, drums on 1, 3, 4, 6, 8; Mongo Aaltonen, percussion

Paul Schütze: Third Site Rykodisc RCD10464 (UK) [CD]
   
  1. The Surface Of The Eye 8:47
  2. The Skin Of The Face And Neck 3:19
  3. The Head, The Soles Of The Feet, An Arm 11:10
  4. The Palms Of Both Hands 14:23
  5. The Breath 9:37

all music and text by Schütze

recorded in Basel, London, and Dortmund, dates not given (CD issued 1999)

Thomas Köner, recitation; Clive Bell, shakuhachi and pi saw flutes; Raoul Björkenheim, Simon Hopkins, electric guitars; Paul Schütze, gongs, vibraphone, electronics

Eero Koivistoinen: Helium TEXCD 042 (Finland) [CD]
   
  1. Hot C 5:13
  2. Doggy Bag 3:48
  3. Helium 5:31
  4. Catwalk 5:39
  5. Lumbango 6:19
  6. 19 (Koivistoinen/Hakoköngäs/Thiam) 5:03
  7. Teranga 6:13
  8. Antik 6:30
  9. 3rd Version 5:05

composed by Eero Koivistoinen except as noted

recorded February 17-25, 1999, Finnvox Studios, Helsinki

Eero Koivistoinen, tenor and soprano saxophone; Raoul Björkenheim, guitar; Seppo Kantonen, piano, synthesizer; Jukka Hakoköngäs, organ; Harri Rantanen, electric bass; Anssi Nykänen, drums; Samuli Kosminen, electric percussion on 1; Yamar Thiam, African drums on 5, 6, 7, voice on 6

Raoul Björkenheim: Apocalypso Cuneiform Records Rune 156 [CD]
   
  1. Oracle 3:34
  2. Sages 6:15
  3. Rain 1:16
  4. Surf Dance 5:21
  5. Lament 1:25
  6. Circles 6:06
  7. Apocalypso 9:15
  8. Spirits 3:55
  9. Last Oracle 3:56

all composed by Raoul Björkenheim

recorded Summer 2000 and Spring 2001, Sea Wolf Studios, Suomenlinna, Finland

Raoul Björkenheim, guitars, bass guitar, drums, percussion

Jukka Orma: Kultahiekkaa Seal on Velvet 27 (Finland) [CD]
   
  1. Kuka Kertosi Minulle (Henrik Otto Donner) 4:18
  2. Perhe-elämää (Sylvester Stewart) 3:53
  3. Fuulaa 3:34
  4. Sinua Sinua Rakastan 4:49
  5. Monte Carlo 3:34
  6. Kilpa-auto 5:25
  7. Taikaiyö 8:15
  8. Hawaikivi 6:35

composed by Jukka Orma except as noted

recorded February 2001, Lenin Karma Total Sound Studio, Helsinki

Jukka Orma, guitar, voice; Raoul Björkenheim, electric bass, electric berimbau; Affe Forsman, drums

Björkenheim/Flaten/Nilssen-Love: Scorch Trio Rune Grammofon RCD2025 (Norway) [CD]
   
  1. Oikosulku 12:57
  2. Säde 4:03
  3. Salaa 8:43
  4. Taajus 4:57
  5. XXX 11:41
  6. Vittula (Björkenheim/Flaten) 5:27
  7. Paahtaa 5:25

composed by Björkenheim/Flaten/Nilssen-Love except as noted

recorded January 2002, Athletic Sound, Halden, Norway

Raoul Björkenheim, electric guitars; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, electric and acoustic bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums, percussion

various artists: 156 Strings Cuneiform Rune 163 [CD]
   
  3. Lullaby Heart Away (Björkenheim) 4:32

Note: This is a collection of solo acoustic pieces by 19 guitarists. Other tracks are without Björkenheim.

recording details not provided (CD issued 2002)

Raoul Björkenheim, acoustic guitar

Bill Buchen: Mr. Raga's Neighborhood Bill Buchen [CD]
   
  1. Burbler 2:51
  2. Quintessence 3:26
  3. Ambiosis 5:58
  4. Bamboo Palace / Glass House 5:51
  5. Nusrat 4:16
  6. Esquina 3:59
  7. Funkesizer 4:03
  8. Matrix 4:06
  9. Triple XXX 4:31
  10. Epilogue 5:57

all composed by Buchen

recording details not provided (CD issued 2003)

Satish, trumpet on 6, 8; Steve Gorn, bansuri flute on 1-5; Raoul Björkenheim, guitar (except on 6, 8); Lee Boice, guitar on 6, 8; Walter Fishbacher, electric piano on 1-3, 7, 9; Bill Buchen, drums, tabla, bass, organ

Raoul Björkenheim/Lukas Ligeti: Shadowglow TUM 006 (Finland) [CD]
   
  1. Into Fall 4:50
  2. Ghostedwall 4:24
  3. Niagara Mohawk 10:03
  4. Rain Turns Red Gold 3:38
  5. Cogwheels Of Speed 3:33
  6. Shed And Torn 8:30
  7. In The Flesh 3:36
  8. Duoyell 4:04
  9. Olivezone 7:11
  10. Viscousphere 4:46
  11. Fountain Jewel 5:41
  12. Changgo Valse 4:04

all composed by Björkenheim/Ligeti

recorded June 23-24, 2003, Orange Music Sound Studios, West Orange, New Jersey

Raoul Björkenheim, guitars; Lukas Ligeti, drums

Scorch Trio: Luggumt Rune Grammofon RCD2040 (Norway) [CD / 2LP]
   
  1. Kjøle Høle 12:37
  2. Synnja Vegga 5:08
  3. Brennj Fynnj 6:36
  4. Furskunjt 6:16
  5. Snaekje Rojnd Naevinj 4:45
  6. Luggumt 12:27
  7. Tetøkle  
  8. Åss Tållås  
  9. Abakle  
  10. Abrikjele  

Note: Tracks 7-10 are only on the 2 LP edition.

no composition credits provided (probably all are improvised by the trio)

recorded January 28-29, 2004, Athletic Sound, Halden, Norway

Raoul Björkenheim, electric guitar, electric viola da gamba; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass, electric bass, electronics; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums, percussion

Raoul Björkenheim/UMO: The Sky Is Ruby TUM 017 (Finland) [CD]
   
  1. The Sky Is Ruby 9:32
  2. Questions 17:52
  3. In The Green Light 9:12
  4. The Bloody Fields 9:01
  5. Lost Love 8:59
  6. Fiery Flight 5:51

all composed by Björkenheim

recorded April 24-25, 2006, SoundTeam Godzinsky Studio, Kirkkonummi, Finland

Juhani Aaltonen, tenor saxophone, alto flute; Raoul Björkenheim, electric guitar, gongs, bass drum; Iro Haarla, piano, harp; UMO Jazz Orchestra: Jan Kohlin, Timo Paasonen, Mikko Pettinen, Tero Saarti, trumpet; Pekka Laukkanen, Mikko Mustonen, Jari Hongisto, trombone; Mikael Långbacka, bass trombone; Pentti Lahti, alto, soprano and sopranino saxophone, flute, bass flute, piccolo; Mikko Mäkinen, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet; Teemu Salminen, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet; Olli Ojajärvi, tenor saxophone, flute; Pepa Päivinen, soprano, baritone and bass saxophone, bass clarinet; Ville Huolman, bass; Markus Ketola, drums; Mikko Hassinen, conductor

Scorch Trio: Live in Finland SCD 001 [CD]
   
  1. Autio 4:44
  2. Roh 11:03
  3. Kurnutus 12:57
  4. Ulvoo 14:03
  5. Kiitos 6:50

Note: Back cover says "limited edition of 400 CDs for the fall tour 2007".

all music by Scorch Trio

track 5 recorded December 9, 2006, Kuopio; track 4 recorded December 11, 2006, Tornio; tracks 1-3 recorded December 12, 2006, Joensuu

Raoul Björkenheim, electric guitar, electric viola da gimbri; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, electric bass, electronics; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums, percussion

Raoul Björkenheim/William Parker/Hamid Drake: DMG @ The Stone, Volume 2 DMG/ARC 0722 [CD]
   
  1. Lithotone I - Part 1 11:40
  2. - Part 2 6:57
  3. - Part 3 8:26
  4. - Part 4 9:07
  5. - Part 5 6:50
  6. - Part 6 11:13
  7. Lithotone II 13:22

all music by Björkenheim/Parker/Drake

recorded live December 26, 2006, The Stone, New York City

Raoul Björkenheim, guitar, viola da gimbri; William Parker, bass, shawm; Hamid Drake, drums

Box: Studio 1 Rune Grammofon RCD2070 (Norway) [CD]
   
  1. Untitled 9 17:19
  2. Untitled 11 4:39
  3. Untitled 7 4:37
  4. Untitled 3 4:30
  5. Untitled 13 3:05
  6. Untitled 12 8:10

all music by Björkenheim/Dunn/Storløkken/Agren

recorded at Atlantis Studio, Stockholm, date not provided (disc issued January 2008)

Raoul Björkenheim, guitars, viola da gamba; Ståle Storløkken, keyboards, electronics; Trevor Dunn, bass; Morgan Agren, drums

Scorch Trio: Brolt Rune Grammofon RCD2074 (Norway) [CD]
   
  1. Olstra 10:14
  2. Basjen 4:35
  3. Hys 6:31
  4. Gaba 12:27
  5. Graps 4:36
  6. Bluring 12:52

no composition credits provided (probably all are improvised by the trio)

recorded October 26-27, 2007, Grand Sport Studio, Oslo

Raoul Björkenheim, electric guitar, electric viola da gimbri; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, electric bass, electronics; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums, percussion

various artists: I Never Meta Guitar Clean Feed CFG005 (Portugal) [CD]
   
  6. I Told You So (Björkenheim) 3:48

Note: This is a collection of pieces by 16 guitarists. Other tracks are without Björkenheim.

recorded at Rosebud Studio, New York City, date not provided (CD issued 2010)

Raoul Björkenheim, electric viola da gamba

Scorch Trio: Melaza Rune Grammofon RCD2104 (Norway) [CD]
   
  1. Relajo 5:00
  2. Bambalan 5:24
  3. Fajao 5:26
  4. Orita 4:51
  5. Melaza 3:14
  6. Estinche 3:48
  7. Raitru 3:40
  8. iesnu! 10:33

all music by Scorch Trio

recorded at Orange Music Sound Studios, New Jersey, date not provided (CD issued 2010)

Raoul Björkenheim, electric guitar; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, electric bass; Frank Rosaly, drums

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