Friday, February 22, 2019

Drummer Matti Oiling remembered

Published first on October 6, 2009 by YLE; the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
EDIT: Feb. 22, 2019 - Matti's missing image replaced, the header edited

A versatile drummer and bandleader Kaj-Matti Oiling is dead. Mr. Oiling, born in 1942, died suddenly in Fuengirola, Spain ten years ago.

Matti became known during the decades of Oiling Boiling Rhytm'n Blues Band which he founded in 1969. He began playing professionally when twenty years old in Onni Gideon's band. Although Matti had a strong jazz background, pop music generally belonged to his repertoire. In addition to his own band, Matti Oiling worked in many of the 1960's guitar bands, for example, Jormas and the Boys.

I had a pleasure of hearing the Oiling Boiling band many times in Helsinki clubs and in Jazz festivals all over the country. Matti was well known internationally, too. Occasionally I received messages from my foreign correspondents: How is Matti doing? Now I have to tell that I do not know. But all the signs are on that he is doing just dandy, depending on where he landed.


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Anonymous said...

Having known Matti since 2000, when we were "swapping sets" at various jazz festivals throughout Europe, we finally hooked up in 2003, when he flew me up to Helsinki to be featured with his band. He was truly a one-of-a-kind guy who was at home in any part of the world that swung. I will miss him, his playing, and humor deeply.

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