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Jukka Perko

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Adventures of the Wildflower

Label: L & H Production
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: In the Ground; Germination; Weeding The Garden; Dog Chasing A Mouse; Rain; Home By The Fence; Chickens; Drought; Thundershower. CD2: Winter Slumber; Waking Up In the Spring; Buds And Flowers; Butterflies; Hummingbirds; Children Playing With Seed Pods; Dying; Another Winter; Baby Columbines.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Eddie Sauter: A Wider Focus

Read "Eddie Sauter: A Wider Focus" reviewed by Chris May


For many people, composer and arranger Eddie Sauter's reputation begins and ends with Stan Getz's Focus (Verve, 1962). The album is, indeed, a masterpiece. But it is only one of the pinnacles of Sauter's career, which started during the swing era. Nor is Focus Sauter's only collaboration with Getz. The partnership continued with the less widely ...

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Article: Album Review

Yelena Eckemoff: Adventures of the Wildflower

Read "Adventures of the Wildflower" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The seeds of pianist-composer Yelena Eckemoff's Adventures Of The Wildflower were planted in 2013, when she traveled to Hollola, Finland, to record Blooming Tall Phlox (L&H Productions, 2017) with a group of young Finnish musicians. Several Eckemoff albums came about after that recording, but the experience with her Finnish friends must have exerted a sort of ...

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Article: Album Review

Jan Lundgren: Potsdamer Platz

Read "Potsdamer Platz" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Pianist Jan Lundgren is a fine example of a classically-trained European musician with a strong empathy with mainstream jazz. Potsdamer Platz is, in turn, a fine example of Lundgren's ability to compose fresh-sounding and often beautiful tunes, allied to a talented quartet of players who know just how to bring the pianist's ideas to life.

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Invisible Man

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Invisible Man; Like Father Like Son; Tears In Heaven; He Left The Road; Pimento; Sweet Solitude; Nameless Angel; Awakening; Helmi; Open Door; Don’t Give Up; Pavane.

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Article: Live Review

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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Article: Album Review

Jukka Perko Avara: Invisible Man

Read "Invisible Man" reviewed by Anthony Shaw


The three major names in the Finnish jazz world featured here come from three very different corners of the firmament. Jukka Perko achieved global recognition as a youth playing alto and soprano saxophone with Thelonius Monk, while guitarists Teemu Viinikainen and Jarmo Saari are better known in Scandinavia, the latter also for his proggy and pop ...

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It takes two to Tango

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: My Sweetheart is Beautiful/Minun kultani kaunis on; Jealousy; Just Say I Love Her; For Mama; Therefore I'm sad; A Romance; A Blessing; I Will; Stella by Starlight; Love Is So Beautiful; Good Intentions; Finlandia [piano solo version; Finlandia [duo version].

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Article: Album Review

Jukka Perko + Iiro Rantala: It takes two to Tango

Read "It takes two to Tango" reviewed by Anthony Shaw


This CD from two verging-on-veteran names on the Finnish jazz scene is a little disappointing in its energy, but not in its charm. Jukka Perko and Iiro Rantala have both earned their laurels years back, playing ear-bending, exhilarating jazz, the former with the likes of Dizzey Gillespie in his 1980s line-up and later McCoy Tyner, the ...


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