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After the album âMy Working Class Hero,â dedicated to John Lennon and âTears for Esbjorn,â a homage to the influential Swedish pianist, âHow Long Is Now?â puts the spotlight fairly and squarely back onto the Finnish pianist, composer, and life-force, Iiro Rantala. This new trio album with Peter Erskine and Lars Danielsson constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantalaâs life. Rantala says of this new album: âI think this is one of those âcomposition is the kingâ kind of projects. The theme, the writing, the mood of the composition are the most important things.â Seven of the thirteen compositions here are by Rantala himself, three tracks by the other players in the trio, and three more are by others who, in their different ways, have helped to construct Rantalaâs appealing musical personality. A feature which is present throughout the album- and which was apparently much in evidence at the sessions, too- is Iiro Rantalaâs winning sense of humor. He recently told an interviewer on video: âWe Scandinavians like minor and sadnessâ¦ and pessimism and darkness.â But as he spoke all of those words, he never allowed a characteristically mischievious and ironic smile to slip from his face, even for a moment. In âHow Long Is Now?â Rantala, Erskine and Danielsson have produced a thoroughly life-affirming album.