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UMO Jazz Orchestra is a Finnish big band. It was founded in 1975 by jazz musicians Heikki Sarmanto and Esko Linnavalli.

UMO is an abbreviation of "Uuden Musiikin Orkesteri" (New Musical Orchestra). Since 1984 UMO has been a professional orchestra which is financed by Finnish Broadcasting Company, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and the city of Helsinki.

UMO has been touring in several European countries as well as in Canada and the United States. Orchestra has played with many famous jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Evans, Mercer Ellington, McCoy Tyner, Maria Schneider, Michael Brecker, John Scofield and Lenny Pickett. UMO has released 26 albums.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 A Good Time Was Had By All Esko Linnavalli & New Music Orchestra 1
1976 Our Latin Friends New Music Orchestra 1
1978 Thad Jones, Mel Lewis & UMO Thad Jones, Mel Lewis & UMO 1
1979 Umophilos UMO 1
1985 Umo New Music Orchestra Plays the Music of Koivistoinen & Linkola Umo New Music Orchestra 1
1987 Kalevala Fantasy (Passions of a Man) Heikki Sarmanto & UMO Jazz Orchestra 3
1989 UMO Plays the Music of Muhal Richard Adams UMO Jazz Orchestra 3
1992 The First Seven: UMO Plays BAT Jazz in Finland UMO Jazz Orchestra 1
1993 Selected Standards UMO Jazz Orchestra 2
1994 Green & Yellow UMO Jazz Orchestra 1
1998 Day Dreamin': The Music of Billy Strayhorn UMO Jazz Orchestra 1
1998 Electrifying Miles UMO Jazz Orchestra 1
1998 UMO Jazz Orchestra UMO Jazz Orchestra 2
2000 One More Time UMO Jazz Orchestra with Kenny Wheeler & Norma Winstone 3
2001 Ellington Tribute UMO Jazz Orchestra 3
2001 Transit People UMO Jazz Orchestra 1
2003 Jatkumo Markus Ketola featuring UMO Jazz Orchestra 1
2004 Counting on the Count: UMO Jazz Orchestra Plays Count Basie UMO Jazz Orchestra 1
2005 Sauna palaa! UMO Jazz Orchestra 1
2006 Mister Blues Pepe Ahlqvist & UMO Jazz Orchestra 2
2007 Agatha Kerkko Koskinen; Verneri Pohjola, UMO Jazz Orchestra 2
2007 The Sky Is Ruby UMO with Juhani Aaltonen, Raoul Björkenheim & Iro Haarla 1
2008 Taikapeitto UMO Jazz Orchestra & Satu Sopanen 1
2009 UMO on UMO UMO Jazz Orchestra 2
2010 Beauty and the Beast: UMO Plays the Music of Pekka Pohjola, Live & Studio 1977 - 2004 UMO Jazz Orchestra 1
2011 Rytmihyrrä / Rytmyra Emma Salokoski & UMO 2
2011 A Good Time Was Had By All 1976-1979 UMO Jazz Orchestra 1
2012 Supermusic UMO Jazz Orchestra meets Magnum Coltrane Price with guest starts Nils Landgren & Viktoria Tolstoy 1
2013 Ville ja Valle UMO & Vesa-Matti Loiri ja Johanna Försti feat. Gracias 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Primal Mind: UMO Plays the Music of Raoul Björkenheim, Live in Helsinki 1991 UMO, Raoul Björkenheim 1
Tribute to Benny Goodman Antti Sarpila & UMO Jazz Orchestra 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Silent Music UMO, Mari Palo, Kari Heinilä 1
2003 UMO Plays Frank Zappa UMO Jazz Orchestra 1

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