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Wind, Frost & Radiation with Kari Ikonen

Read "Wind, Frost & Radiation with Kari Ikonen" reviewed by Nick Davies

This show features an interview with pianist Kari Ikonen where we discuss the strength and depth of the Finnish jazz scene as well as his recent trio's album Wind, Frost & Radiation, which is out on Ozella Music. The playlist also include lots of great new music from artists like Fred Hersch and Jessica Lauren. Playlist Fred Hersch “Bristol Fog (For John Taylor)" from Live in Europe (Palmetto) 1:49 Jan Roth “Herbst" from Kleinod (Sinnbus) 11:03 Jessica ...

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Kari Ikonen: Bright and The Helsinki Suite

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Kari Ikonen Trio Bright Ozella Music 2013 The 40-year-old Finnish keyboardist Kari Ikonen--first heard by this reviewer in a live context in his native homeland with another, much more open and unconventional trio Slo Motive--lets his jazz chops shine, his groove glisten and his range within the music flourish with these two releases. From the first bars of Bright with his frolicking swinger “Bapmgwala" it becomes apparent that Ikonen can be both lyrical and slightly ...

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Karikko: Variations on a Theme

Read "Karikko:  Variations on a Theme" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

Siltasali Jyväskylä, Finland November 14, 2003

Ever since bebop and its progeny hard bop, jazz compositions have been vehicles built for soloing. Composers have written relatively simple unison melodies based on some kind of chord progression, both complex and simple. With some notable exceptions, in jazz compositions form (the melody/song structure) has generally followed function (the solo). Finnish pianist Kari Ikonen is working from the opposite direction, exploring the possibilities of powerful themes for smaller jazz ...

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Kari Ikonen: Karikko

Read "Karikko" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

Jazz musicians have offered up as many definitions of “jazz composition" as there are notes in a John Coltrane solo. Yet the basic challenge remains: how to find the right balance between improvisation, the lifeblood of jazz, and composed structures. Kari Ikonen, on his Fiasko Records debut Karikko, artfully answers this challenge with a set of organic, graceful compositions in which one cannot tell where his composing ends and improvising begins. He uses spare instrumentation to create an expansive sound, ...


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