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Alexi Tuomarila

Alexi Tuomarila studied classical piano at the Espoo Music Institute from an early age. The record collection of his father led to him being bitten by the jazz bug. Consequently, after completing senior secondary school he went on to study at the Pop-Jazz Conservatory in Oulunkylä, but only for a year. While visiting his parents, who live in Belgium, Alexi applied and was accepted for the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. ”I never looked back. I graduated with a Master of Music degree in 1999. The school in Brussels is a small but international place with a high level of teaching. For example, my piano teacher, Diederik Wissels, who records for Verve in France, sparked a new enthusiasm for jazz in me

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Article: Interview

Dave Stapleton: Moving Edition Records With The Horizon

Read "Dave Stapleton:  Moving Edition Records With The Horizon" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The old market town of Newbury lies an hour or so from London, on the edge of the chalky Berkshire Downs. Like any 1,000-year-old English settlement, it has seen its fair share of history, but it is probably best known for its 200-year-old horse-racing course. Or perhaps Greenham Common holds that distinction. The WWII air force ...

Album

49 Steps To Heaven

Label: Hypnote Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1. Intro 2. 49 Steps To Heaven 3. Cité Soleil 4. For Threes 5. What’s Even 6. Constellation 7. Oisin 8. Valse à cinq temps

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News: Recording

Drummer Lionel Beuvens Touches The Sky With His Latest Album '49 Steps To Heaven'

Drummer Lionel Beuvens Touches The Sky With His Latest Album '49 Steps To Heaven'

After years of touring and recording as a sideman, which saw him play on forty records, and also release two of his own very contemporary sounding albums, Trinité and Earthsong, Lionel Beuvens presents this ambitious new project under the Hypnote Records label. Reuniting the talented Alexi Tuomarila (piano), Brice Soniano (double bass) and Kalevi Louhivuori (trumpet), ...

Album

Sphere

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Shapeshifter; Jord; Origins; Sirius; Boekloev; Unfold; Krakow; Celeste.

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Article: Year in Review

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by John Kelman


Well, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome continues to be a challenge, as it has been since mid-2014. 2019 represents, in fact, the worst year when it comes to the actual number of articles written. Still, I've been finding an increasingly satisfying niche in the arena of in-depth, detailed and extensive/exhaustive (exhausting, for you as much as I!!) articles. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Milton Man Gogh, Rachel Musson Curtis Nowosad & More

Read "Milton Man Gogh, Rachel Musson Curtis Nowosad & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Trios and quartets dominate this episode: three-quarters of the playlist are from groups of that size. Featured is German saxophonist Philipp Gropper and his quartet Philm with music from his new album Consequences. Another quartet heard for the first time is Ornicar from France, and OGJB is back. Of the threesomes, first timers are Gentiane MG ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brandee Younger, Alexi Tuomarila, Fabian Almazan & More New Jazz

Read "Brandee Younger, Alexi Tuomarila, Fabian Almazan & More New Jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


From tributes to past masters to new perspectives, acoustic to electronic, the new and upcoming releases we play this week show the wide-range of today's creative scene. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Brandee Younger “Games" Soul Awakening (Self-released) 0:17 Host talks 5:54 ...

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Article: Album Review

Alexi Tuomarila Trio: Sphere

Read "Sphere" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Sphere is Alexi Tuomarila's follow-up to Kingdom (Edition, 2017) and Seven Hills (Edition, 2017). But the Finnish pianist has also collaborated with many of jazz's leading lights including Kenny Wheeler, Joey Baron, Jim Black, Bill Evans and Peter Erskine. Tuomarila also appeared on Dark Eyes by the Tomasz Stanko Quintet (ECM, 2010). Sphere 's ...

Album

Kingdom

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: The Sun Hillock; Rytter; The Girl In A Stetson Hat; Vagabond; The Times They Are A-Changin'; Shadows; Aalto; Bruin Bay; White Waters.


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