My own musical output is stylistically all over the map, so if you like one you might not like another and vice versa. But then, if you’re open-minded, in the end of the day it’s all my music. Everything played by me unless otherwise noted.

Riitala channel in YouTube

The other Riitala YouTube channel (Midnight Pink) – don’t ask me why 😀

Midnight Pink (2022-09-15)

A hats off to the 40th anniversary of Janne Louhivuori’s album Midnight Pink, whose title track has been reharmonized here as a fusion jazz tune.

Digital single : YouTube (below), Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, iTunes, Shazam,…?

Me Me Me Me Me (2021-12-15)

Me Me Me Me Me cover

The long-awaited full-length, even double-length album (in vinyl times even a triple-album!!!) with music style bouncing all over the map. 22 songs, over 100 minutes of music.

Digital album: You Tube, Spotify (below), Deezer, iTunes, Google Play, Shazam and practically any other streaming service as well

Physical album available from my Bandcamp page or directly from me.


Hattua pitÀÀ nostaa.

Jos nyt kolme nimeĂ€ tĂ€hĂ€n listaan – kaikilla on yhtĂ€lĂ€inen taito ja tahto työstÀÀ valtavasti musiikkia, ainakin useimmiten tasalaatuisesti; mistĂ€ sitĂ€ kumpuaakaan! Todd RundgrenPrinceDaryl Hall. Ainakin omassa mielessĂ€ni tuota trioa yhdistÀÀ melodiantaju, lĂ€pitunkeva musikaalisuus, kahden ensimmĂ€isen tapauksessa myös instrumentaalinen monipuolisuus. Riitala, olet kovassa seurassa!

Hattua pitÀÀ nostaa tyylitajustakin, siihen luen nykytekniikan rajattomien mahdollisuuksien rajoittamisen: vaikka aikaa, taitoa ja mahdollisuuksia olisi, kussakin biisissÀ on vain ne elementit, jotka saavat sen toimimaan. Ei siis tiluttelua, lurittelua ja nÀyttÀmisenhalua.

Pekka Koskivaara (Retrokkiblog)

Yhden miehen bÀndinÀ ja tuottajana hÀn edustaa todella rautaista ammattitaitoa, soundi tuntuu kautta linjan tÀysipainoiselta ja varmaotteiselta. YllÀttÀvÀn hyvÀÀ tasoa hÀn on laulajanakin, vaikka sitÀ puolta aiemmat projektit eivÀt nÀhdÀkseni ole liiemmin esitelleet.

Musiikista huokuu hyvÀÀ tuulta ja tekemisen iloa, ei missÀÀn nimessĂ€ silkkaa pĂ€temisen osoittamista kokeneelta moniosaajalta.

Matti Pajuniemi (colossus.fi)

The Finn was always able to impressively show the musical creativity he has. Across styles, he combines jazz, pop, rock and progressive rock into a successful mix, which has so far received far too little attention, at least in this country. [Germany, that is]

The red thread of the album is clearly the high variety of music styles used. Nothing is left out, whether rock & roll, rock pop ĂĄ la Beatles, classic rock, jazz, jazz rock and fusion with fine brass inserts or progressive rock, as you know it from The Samurai Of Prog, the range of its possibilities seems almost limitless.

Conclusion: Riitala is currently presenting a miracle bag in the form of the new double album “Me Me Me Me Me”. The multi-instrumentalist Jari Riitala presents (almost) everything the music world has to offer. Whether poppy, rocky, jazzy, progressive or anything in between, nothing is ignored. An album that impressively underlines the versatility and inventiveness of the Finn.

Horst-Werner Riedel (Bereutes Proggen), clumsy Google translation from German

I Wanna Know (2020-11-01)

A bit of hard hitting prog’n’roll with a pretty hazy set of lyrics.

Digital single : YouTube (below), Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Google Play, Shazam

Aggropolis (2020-06-23)

A weird and angry guitar instrumental featuring a fretless bass solo in the middle.

Digital single : YouTube (below), Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Google Play, Shazam

Ruby Tuesday (2019-01-28)

The Rolling Stones classic reinvented and reharmonized.

Digital single: YouTube (below), Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Google Play, Shazam

Soul Healing (2018-10-24)

Some R&B style stuff featuring a Hammond and a fretless bass, besides vocals that is.

Digital single: YouTube (below), Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, 24-77, digital8tracks, Akazoo, Amazon MP3, Anghami, AWA, Google Music Store, iHeartRadio, iMusica, InProdicon, KDigital, KKBox, Kuack, LineMusic, MediaNet, Napster, Pandora, Saavn, Shazam, Slacker Radio, SoundExchange, Tidal, United Media Agency (UMA), Yandex

Welcome To Reality (2018-08-13)

A somewhat darkish take on love.

Digital single: YouTube (below), Spotify, Deezer, iTunes

Fragments (2017-07-10)

Vocal pop? Featuring Kate Teschan Lueders on lead vocals.

Digital single: YouTube (below), Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Google Play, Shazam

Ruthless Bloodsucker (2017-06-26)

Something closer to home of the tres bearded hombres.

Digital single: YouTube (below), Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Google Play, Shazam

Inner Eyes (2016-12-18)

An acid jazzy tune, featuring Antero Salonen on trumpet.

Digital single: YouTube (below), Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Google Play, Shazam

Bow The Statues (2000)

Bow The Status

Mine All Mine / Been In An Asylum / Solarium / Mouse Trap / Good As Gone / Time For A Change / Goldmine / You Radiate / Weirdos Have More Fun / If You Want Me / Parade Of The Calendar Girls / Bitter, Sweet & Sour / Ain’t Comin’ Home

Available in SoundClick (see also SoundClick player below).


Some more music samples available in Soundcloud

and SoundClick.