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We Jazz artists, Eric Hofbauer & The Pen Club

Read "We Jazz artists, Eric Hofbauer & The Pen Club" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Finnish jazz artists are front-and-center this episode. You'll hear music from the ambitious and busy We Jazz record label which is based in Helsinki, and you'll also hear music from one of that country's top trios, Hot Heros. They've got a new recording out on Eclipse Music, another important label in Finland. There's other new music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Matt Mitchell, Linda May Han Oh, Rajna Swaminathan & More

Read "Matt Mitchell, Linda May Han Oh, Rajna Swaminathan & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From bass players leading cutting edge bands, to ensembles with strings; from electronica-infused projects to tributes to Sun Ra, Count Basie and Oliver Nelson; from multi-kulti to straight-ahead. This and more on this episode of Mondo Jazz.

Happy listening!

Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo Jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Verneri Pohjola & Black Motor: Rubidium

Read "Rubidium" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Black Motor is Finland's leading trio of free jazz that began to gain a wider recognition outside Finland in recent years. Since its foundation around 2005, the central Finland, Tampere-based proletariat trio expanded its muscular, uncompromising post-Albert Ayler and Peter Brötzmann approach as it began to collaborate with fellow, innovative Finnish improvisers as saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jaska Lukkarinen Trio: Trane Ear

Read "Trane Ear" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

This is an album with origins deep in the heart of the Finnish nu-jazz fraternity, featuring three alumni of the Folk and Jazz Department of the national Sibelius Academy. However Jaska Lukkarinen has learned more than just percussion and drums, having spent a season at the Manhattan School of Drumming, where the concept of a drum-led ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ilmiliekki Quartet: Take It With Me

Read "Take It With Me" reviewed by Budd Kopman

A good example of the breadth and the wonder of jazz is the world of difference that exists in the music, even in a small country like Finland. Specifically, the Five Corners Quintet inhabits an entirely different planet than the Ilmiliekki Quartet as represented by March of the Alpha Males (TUM, 2003) and Take It With ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ilmiliekki Quartet at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Read "Ilmiliekki Quartet at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Ilmiliekki Quartet
Northern Lights Jazz Series
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
7:30 PM, October 9, 2006

The Ilmiliekki Quartet is a young, exciting group from Finland who are quite serious about creating an individual group sound through their compositions and improvisatory interactions. Soon to come out with a new album on TUM Records, the band ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ilmiliekki Quartet: March of the Alpha Males

Read "March of the Alpha Males" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

Jazz musicians have longed mined popular song forms. Two legends in particular – Miles Davis and Chet Baker – devoutly explored them. In his biography of Miles Davis, John Szwed ponders their interest: ”They both saw that despite the naive optimism of most pop songs, they were essentially sad; in fact, they formed a long chain ...