A conversation with a true eccentric of modern music.
Trying to pin down Lassi Lehto, AKA Jimi Tenor, is a futile exercise. On the one hand, the Finnish musician is held in high esteem by electronic music fans for LPs on pivotal labels like Warp and Sähkö. On the other, he's a conservatory-trained musician who took up the flute at age nine before adding the titular tenor sax to his repertoire, developing a life-long love for jazz deities like Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders in the process.
A jazz head at heart, he's managed to effectively bring it into conversation with electronic music and a plethora of other stylistic approaches. The fact that he can play around with everything from doom metal to afrobeat, psych, prog and funk, makes him even harder to place. Add to this a bizarre sense of humour and a knack for pastiche, and you've got one of the most enigmatic musicians to emerge in the last few decades.
In conversation with Lisa Blanning, we hear what Lehto picked up while collaborating with Tony Allen, learn of his penchant for building instruments out of odd materials like rotating fans and oil barrels, and the instrumental techniques powering his fascinating live sets.