Middle-Earth Band - The Thoughtful Bride
There are a lot of lesser-known albums reissued, but really seldom do you stumble across one that is (a) totally unknown and (b) a total stunner. This is one of those. This Finnish jazz and beyond album was released in 1980. Led by pianist Arto Koskinen, who spent much of the 1970s studying music in India, this album reflects the eastern influence through and through. The album features tamboura, guitar, soprano sax/flute and drums/percussion in addition to the leader's piano, and it will remind you of a whole lot of things (Popol Vuh, Piirpauke, Between, some ECM jazz of the same period), but mostly it will (very quietly) hugely impress you with it's wonderful, understated, trippy vibe and great sounds. Hugely and highly recommended.