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JAF Trio: JAF Trio

Read "JAF Trio" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

JAF Trio's eponymous debut outing is filled with tight drumbeats, striding bass walks and quirky sax lines sliding down slippery slopes. The young Danish-Finish outfit, composed of saxophonist Adele Sauros, Joonas Tuuri on bass and drummer Frederik Emil Bulow, offers a first glimpse into their studio work after having performed together on several occasions over the last few years. Sauros' influence from working with the group Superposition and Turi's contributing to the Bowman Trio--two ensembles who each recently released their ...

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Antti Lotjonen Quintet East: ALQE

Read "ALQE" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Bassist Antti Lötjönen is anything but a small name in the Finnish jazz cosmos. Holding down the deep frequency spectrum in some of the country's most renowned instrumental outfits, such as the electronica-infused jazz trio 3TM or the acoustic Ilmiliekki Quartet, Lötjönen has established a cunning reputation as a sideman leading up to this, his debut release as a leader with the so-called Quintet East. Accordingly high are the expectations of a musician of his caliber—expectations which are more than ...

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Superposition: Superposition

Read "Superposition" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This outing by Helsinki-based jazz group Superposition is as bold as debut records come. In place of catchy melodies, the reeds focus on odd lines composed of small intervals. Instead of comfortable swing and funky shuffles, bass-and snare-drum work up a choppy sweat to wild cymbal blows. Not to mention the unstoppable double-bass fingers, running up and down the frets like a bullet climbing a staircase. Over the span of eight original compositions, Superposition presents an unquenchable thirst for the ...

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Jonah Prazen-Johnson: Imagine Giving Up

Read "Imagine Giving Up" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When Jonah Parzen-Johnson released his first full-length album, Michiana (Primary Records, 2012), the Brooklyn-based artist seemed to give priority status to the electronics through which he filtered his baritone saxophone compositions. Even more so, Parzen-Johnson's 2015 follow up, Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow (also on Primary), was dominated by ambient drones. Parzen-Johnson has continued to develop his approach and on Imagine Giving Up we hear more complex applications for both the baritone and the synthesizer and a more human ...

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Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen: Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen

Read "Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen have been at the heart of the Helsinki jazz scene for over two decades, seeing international success with the Five Corners Quintet as well as leading several accomplished cutting-edge bands. This is something very different, an eponymously titled album where two established figures throw caution to the wind and cut loose together, creating an album of very varied interplay between just saxophone and drums. Knowing how context can contort as well as ...

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Ilmiliekki Quartet: Land Of Real Men

Read "Land Of Real Men" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Finnish all-star combo Ilmiliekki Quartet creates its very own sonic landscape on the first recording in 13 years. Between minimalist percussive crescendi and nostalgic melodies led by Verneri Pohjola on trumpet, Land Of Real Men demonstrates an organic gathering of musicians at the top of their game. Six of the eight tunes are originals by the bandmembers. the opener, however, is an explosive take on avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson's “O Superman" and gets the album going on a ...

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Terkel Nørgaard: With Ralph Alessi

Read "With Ralph Alessi" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Danish drummer and composer Terkel Nørgaard had American trumpeter Ralph Alessi in mind for this project even while writing and developing the 21 sketches, of which seven ultimately made it onto the rumbling and rolling of positive energy that is the accordingly-titled With Ralph Alessi. The ECM aesthetic, which Ralph Alessi is known for, is omnipresent but not all-consuming. A sense of ease guides this quartet through uncharted territory and demonstrates a collaboratively joyous spirit. Chord voicings are ...


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