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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

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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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz 2017

Read "Vossa Jazz 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Vossajazz 2017 Various Venues Voss, Norway April 7-9, 2017 Some places punch above their weight. Voss is one. With just 14,000 inhabitants, this small Norwegian town in the county of Hordaland, can boast a world-renowned sky-diving training centre, the country's foremost folk music academy, one of the best wine cellars in ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights

Read "440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights" reviewed by Geno Thackara


It's always a pleasure to be reminded what a range of sounds just one instrument can produce. The same 88 keys can be used in endlessly different ways in different inventive hands, and this batch of recordings has several masterful performers taking that starting point toward quite eclectic ends. Dag Arnesen Trio Pentagon ...

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Article: Album Review

Alexi Tuomarila: Kingdom

Read "Kingdom" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Piano-led power trios have proliferated over the last twenty years or more thanks to the likes of the Esbjörn SvenssonTrio and The Bad Plus whose respective approach was undeniably a more consciously dynamic one than the reflective approach of say Bill Evans or the redoubtable Keith Jarrett. There was also, inevitably, a move away from the ...


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