If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.
You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...
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 members.
With the addition of Ville Herrala on bass and Magnus Lindgren on flute, playing 'Railyard Boogie' the band sounds very like a recreation of the Quintet's tight groove. However most other tracks show the power that a Hammond organ gives to an ensemble, as well as the feel of a true 1960s groove. Mikko Helvelä is in charge of the keys and varies that punchy, velvet sound as well as with dreamy washes like on 'Subterranean Variations.'
This is one of the seven tracks written by Eskola and fellow Quintet college, drummer Teppo Mäkynen. The predominance of the drummer's name in the credits indicates that he is as involved in this product as in the Quintet. 'For Anne Lee' features his nifty one minute drum solo, before breaking back into a typically perky extended organ break.
But the most constant feature of this album is Eskola's lyrical trumpeting. He is a master of many styles, although is main approach is a crisp mellow profile that melds perfectly with Mäkynen's light brushwork. Devotees of the Five Corners Quintet will definitely enjoy this selection of tracks that also includes a piece each by Duke Pearson, Oliviera and Ortolani and by Mercer Ellington.
Track Listing: Martha's New Moment; Hong Thong; Sweet Honey Bee; Railyard
Boogie; Introducing the Soul Trio; Subterranean Variations; For Anne
Lee; Soft Drop; More; Jumpin’ Punkins.
Personnel: Jukka Eskola, trumpetti; Mikko Helevä, Hammond organ; Teppo
Mäkynen, drums; Guests Ville Herrala, bass; Magnus Lindgren, flute;
Timo Lassy, tenor sax.
Title: Soul Trio
| Year Released: 2017
| Record Label: Timmion Records Inc.
I love Jazz because of its freedom.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teenager years.
I have met Art Blakey in Juan-les-Pins, my drum teacher Orphelia took us to his concert, it was magical!
The best Jazz shows I ever attended were Art Blakey, Michel Petrucciani, Miton Nascimento, Naná Vasconcelos.
The first jazz record I bought was Jazz from Hell by Frank Zappa.