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Mikko Innanen: Autonomus I - XXX

Read "Autonomus I - XXX" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Mikko Innanen has been a prolific saxophonist on the Finnish scene for so long that one can no longer refer to him as any sort of new boy in town. But with the passing of the years there have been changes of focus and style, and the release of the album Autonomus sees a new experimental style, which puts Innanen back in the position of a new aspirant on the block. The change from his former principle band ...

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We Jazz Festival 2016

Read "We Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

We Jazz Festival 2016 Multiple venues Helsinki, Finland December 4-11, 2016 The winter We Jazz 'event' has been running for four years now, and founding mentor Matti Nives is somewhat challenged to find suitable new venues to take his artists to, having established a tradition of taking jazz to improbable places. These have included private flats, far-flung small venues as well as traditional medium sized concert halls in Helsinki. Despite these precedents, this year ...

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Mikko Innanen with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille: Song For A New Decade

Read "Song For A New Decade" reviewed by John Sharpe

Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen has hit upon a sure fire winner with his accompanists on Song For A New Decade. He has enlisted the services of a world class rhythm section in the person of bassist William Parker and drummer Andrew Cyrille, a combination which might show anyone in a good light. But Innanen possesses personality enough to thrive in their company and avoids the common pitfall of being overly reverent. In a sumptuous two disc package, well up to ...

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Mikko Innanen with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille: Song for a New Decade

Read "Song for a New Decade" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Song for a New Decade joins relative newcomer, Finnish saxophonist/composer Mikko Innanen with veteran drummer Andrew Cyrille and bassist William Parker, the latter appearing on the first of the two-disc set. Innanen has won numerous European music awards and though much of his playing and recording has been regional, he has performed with drummer Han Bennink, saxophonists John Tchicai and Chris Speed, guitarist Marc Ducret and bassist Barry Guy. Parker has been leader on more than forty recordings and has ...

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Mikko Innanen with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille: Song For A New Decade

Read "Song For A New Decade" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Finnish multi-reedman Mikko Innanen (Delirium, TUMO) is not short on ideas, here on this bracing 2-CD set recorded in New York with the all-universe rhythm section of bassist William Parker (CD-1 only) and drummer Andrew Cyrille. A fresh voice on the Euro progressive jazz scene, Innanen has imparted his skills amid collaborations with jazz and improvising stalwarts, drummer Han Bennink, saxophonist Frank Gratkowski and a horde of other notables. But young artists often rise to the occasion when performing with ...

LIVE REVIEW

Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio at Sellohalli

Read "Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio at Sellohalli" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Mikko Innanen's Innkvisitio Sellohalli 10th Anniversary Concert Helsinki March 13, 2014Much music is best consumed with a pinch of salt, if not a glass of beer or something stronger, and the best works of Mikko Innanen are quite hard on the aural digestive system. But as any good meal appeals to far more senses than the gastronomic, so Innanen is involved in more than a musical odyssey. Moreover the meal he serves has to ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio: Clustrophy

Read "Clustrophy" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This is modern European jazz at its finest. Bold and inventive, smart and informative, ironic, funny but also sad and melancholic, the highly engaging Clustrophy addresses the rich jazz legacy on both sides of the Atlantic, without being bound to any specific style or genre. Finnish reed player Mikko Innanen has gained experience as a charismatic and articulate composer, improviser and leader with musicians from the Nordic arena, as well as from New York's downtown scene. Innkvistio ...


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