Surfacing / Jere Laukkanen's Finnish Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra by C. Michael BaileyMore articles about Trio Friedrich-Herbert-Moreno
The Superatomic. Talk about a multicultural affair. It was once said of Baroque composer Handel that he..."was a Saxon, living in England, writing Italian operas." Jere Laukkanen's Finnish Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra is a Scandinavian bunch playing American Music, channeling Chano Pozo. The result is a brash, loud, complex mercurial affair that jumps out and grabs the listener by the shirt collar. Laukkanen composed the majority of the cleverness digitally expressed on this disc. He has a smart ear and engaging compositional style. His arranging talent is put to the test on Dizzy's "Manteca" and a burning rendition of Jaco Pastorius' "Teen Town". Laukkanen taps other Naxos Jazz talent for this disc, employing Pekka Pylkkanen ( Pekka's Tube Factory 86028-2) on reeds and Lenni-Kalle Taipale ( Nothing to Hide 86035-2) on keyboards. The sum of all of these parts illustrates why Scandinavian big bands have come to the forefront of large ensemble jazz.
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