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Klaus Suonsaari / Frank Carlberg: Fallingwater

Read "Fallingwater" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

The packaging for Fallingwater includes a quote from Wassily Kandinsky. Two tracks into the album, the music gives way to images of intricate linear patterns and geometric designs--and one gets the impression that the Finnish duo's music could have inspired the painter's own works. A constant, careful examination of sound and texture persists through each of the eleven tracks. As a duo, percussionist Klaus Suonsaari and pianist Frank Carlberg maintain a resolute focus which avoids the muddle ...

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Klaus Suonsaari: Live in Helsinki

Read "Live in Helsinki" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Drummer Klaus Suonsaari is equally at home in the worlds of post bop, mainstream jazz and free jazz, though this live trio performance focuses on the latter. The leader is joined by by saxophonist Scott Robinson (who utilized Suonsaari on all three of his very straight-ahead sessions for Arbors Jazz) and bassist Julian F. Thayer.

The trio's wild improvisations defy predictable paths. Robinson's “One, Two, 1-2-3-4 is a throwback to the late '60s, with the saxophonist on tenor alternately honking ...

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Klaus Suonsaari: Portrait in Sound & Offering

Read "Klaus Suonsaari: Portrait in Sound & Offering" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Klaus Suonsaari Portrait in Sound Focus Records 2003

Portrait in Sound is a brilliantly programmed hour of music that builds on the foundation of the bluesy sax-and-drum swing of “Semblance," winds its way through fairly straight-ahead quartet workouts such as the piano-driven “Whack!" and the soprano-led “Offering" and dabbles in the abstract impressionism of “Morning Rain" and “Wherewithal." This band, however, is anything but conservative. Scott Robinson's resonating tenor dominates “Africana" as he blows ...


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