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Espoo Big Band: Espoo Suite

Read "Espoo Suite" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Almost forty years after its inception in 1980, Finland's world-class Espoo Big Band and composer / arranger Marzi Nyman have recorded an often brash and always impressive salute to their home base, the appropriately named Espoo Suite. “This is my attempt to describe [the city]," Nyman writes, “through free-associative composing." The word “free" aptly expresses Nyman's ...

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Flow Festival 2018

Read "Flow Festival 2018" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Flow Festival
Helsinki, Finland
August 10-12, 2018

Once the fizz and thud of a modern outdoor festival fades, in my case behind numerous trees and double glazing 1½ miles away, one wonders how much art has been expended with such a concentration of energy put out. Flow Festival, based in the steampunk ...

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Jukka Eskola: Soul Trio

Read "Soul Trio" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Jukka Eskola is a Finnish trumpeter, well known among Scandinavian audiences particularly from his membership of the now inactive but well loved Five Corners Quintet. In fact despite the band's title, only four of the ten tracks on offer here feature only the Trio, and of the rest two actually feature a majority of the Quintet's ...

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April Jazz Festival in Espoo, Finland

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April Jazz
Espoo, Finland
April 26-30, 2017

April in southern Finland is a time of rapidly lengthening daylight and often crystalline blue skies heralding spring. This year though relentless gray skies and bitter winds made the appeal of a long weekend of top class jazz an even stronger motivation to ignore the ...

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Jason Miles Will Release "Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris" On May 12

Jason Miles Will Release "Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris" On May 12

Follow Up to 2015's Kind of New Features Ten Arrangements of Producer/Keyboardist's New Composition Written in Reaction to 2015 Paris Terror Attacks Legendary producer, keyboardist and composer Jason Miles’ Kind of New 2: Blue is Paris, featuring ten interpretations of the titular piece which he composed after visiting Paris in the weeks immediately following the 2015 terror ...

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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 ...

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2014

Read "Tampere Jazz Happening 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
October 30--November 2, 2014

On the way from the airport to the city of Tampere you pass by Nokia, situated fifteen kilometres west of Tampere, the Scandinavian city famous for its gumboots and cables, and famous for its mobile phones. For a while 'Nokia' was synonymous ...

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Jukka Eskola: Orquestra Bossa

Read "Orquestra Bossa" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'idea è un po' azzardata ma il risultato è generalmente piacevole per la freschezza delle melodie e gli assoli eleganti. Il trombettista Jukka Eskola ha riunito alcuni dei migliori jazzmen del suo paese e un quartetto d'archi con l'idea di coniugare il ritmo indolente della bossa nova con stilemi neo-bop e atmosfere cameristiche.
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Tonight At Noon: To Mingus With Love

Read "To Mingus With Love" reviewed by Chris Mosey

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Charles Mingus has been well and truly flattered. Tonight at Noon, a typically enigmatic free jazz piece written by the legendary bassist/bandleader, went on to become the title of a loving and extremely well-crafted memoir by his wife, Sue. Now, confusingly, it is also the name of ...