Posts tagged "jazz"
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.
Sunlight therapy straight into the heart

Sunlight therapy straight into the heart

"The music is colourful and captivates the listener, because every sound on the album works – from three fiddlers breathing in unison to the grunge of the rock trio to rich keyboard timbres to the sampled sounds of a jetty squeaking in the waves."
Experimental solo project

Experimental solo project

"While the application of electronic effects to acoustic instruments can seem superfluous at best, Lyytinen’s compositions never lose sight of the saxophone itself. "
Playfully seductive

Playfully seductive

"Mirja Mäkelä Trio’s My Hidden Joys is a beautifully crafted album which showcases both Mäkelä’s songwriting skills and her vocal prowess. "
For Brain and Heart

For Brain and Heart

"On Amorandom, Rissanen’s canny music is rooted in the piano trio tradition but is nevertheless forward-looking. "
Songs with thoughts

Songs with thoughts

"The band of Estonian musicians sounds healthy. Especially notable is Keio Vutt’s strong saxophone playing. Although a bit lacking in originality, this record still is a worthy first effort."