Posts tagged "jazz"
Tender, edgy free jazz

Tender, edgy free jazz

Overlook the name that suggests goth or heavy metal – Tampere trio Black Motor is one of Finland’s most versatile, appealing free jazz outfits.
Strong solo piano

Strong solo piano

Sarmanto is a very proficient pianist, and, surely one of the most individual ones of his generation in northern Europe.
The complete set

The complete set

The music on Jukka Eskola Soul Trio's album is straightforward, stylish and groovy Soul Jazz, almost directly from the 60s. However, the discerning listener will find details with a more recent time stamp.
Bop goes cool

Bop goes cool

Jukka Perko Tritone moves the onetime fierce music of Dizzy Gillespie to somewhat gentler realms, still not losing the original ideas and logics of the songs.
Heading North

Heading North

Two jazz professionals, journalist Andreas Müller and label manager Dave Stapleton, had a brief chat about Finnish jazz prior to Jazzahead! 2017, the international jazz expo and showcase festival taking place from 27 until 30 April in Bremen, Germany.
The way outside of the box

The way outside of the box

A jack of many trades, Sid Hille has reimagined himself as a pianist many times before, but this disc may prove to be a pinnacle in his career.
Reconstructing the classics

Reconstructing the classics

There are perhaps more excellent trumpeters today than ever in Finland. Kalevi Louhivuori certainly belongs to this bunch.
Four good ’uns

Four good ’uns

Jukka Eskola’s 10-inch EP is not only the debut for the trumpeter’s trio (Mikko Helevä, organ; Teppo Mäkynen, drums), but also the dawn of a new label.
Gratifying solo piano

Gratifying solo piano

Toivanen is an adept writer and a logical improviser with his own individual voice, who balances his output masterfully between natural-sounding harmonic beauty and bold melodic statements.
A perfect balance between restraint and abandon

A perfect balance between restraint and abandon

"Joonas Haavisto’s latest album Oku is an outstanding trio recording. From the opening track One For Jean, Haavisto’s compositions reveal a confident musical vision..."
Passion against rule(r)s

Passion against rule(r)s

Estonian musicologist Heli Reimann has come a long way, from a country village in Soviet Estonia via Florida to the University of Helsinki. As a musician and a scholar, she immersed herself in Estonian jazz culture in the Stalin era, delving into the reminiscences of musicians of the time and their underground jazz parties.
Curiosity cannot be outsourced

Curiosity cannot be outsourced

Progress is all about trying out new things, as every forward-thinking artist intrinsically knows. Nevertheless, a case could be made that it is not enough if only the vanguard embraces the unknown. Perhaps all could take a page out of Pepa Päivinen, Janne Tuomi and other open-minded musicians’ book.