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Mikko Innanen

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Finnish saxophonist/composer Mikko Innanen (born in 1978) was severely bitten by the jazz bug at the age of 10, jamming along with Bird, Trane, Ornette, Monk et al (with their records, naturally). Hence, he has managed to achieve quite a lot by a relatively young age. He�'s a veteran of such Finnish bands as Mr Fonebone, Nuijamiehet, Gourmet, Teddy Rok 7, Innanen-Kallio Duo, and Loco Motife as well as Finnish-Danish units Triot, Itchy and Delirium and he has played and recorded with such international greats as Han Bennink, John Tchicai, Ingrid Jensen and Anders Bergkrantz. Since 2005 he has led the four-piece Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio, concentrating on his most recent compositions

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Article: Extended Analysis

Music For Ukraine

Read "Music For Ukraine" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Music For Ukraine is a benefit album whose proceeds are intended solely for humanitarian aid in Ukraine. This gargantuan compilation features artists from the roster of Finnish label We Jazz Records. The twenty-six tracks—contemporary jazz for the most part, with the odd foray into modern chamber and electronica-tinged experimentalism—amount to two-and-a-half hours of compelling music. A ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Two From TUM

Read "Two From TUM" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A true smorgasbord of creative music in this edition of One Man's Jazz. It's all good--American masters Andrew Cyrille and William Parker joined by Enrico Rava, the OGJB Quartet, Joe McPhee, New Orleans poet Don Paul, Tony Malaby & Reggie Workman--European flavours from pianists Joona Toivanen from Finland and Alexander Hawkins from England, Nexus and Rope ...

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This Is It

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Mocking Bird; Is This It?; Manic Zigaman; Søhesten; Pharoah Favelassa; Sudden Happiness; Autonomus XXVII A: Gneisenaustraße; Riding with Cafarelli.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dejan Terzic’s Axiom, Woodoism, Yunseon Yi Trio, & Stéphane Payen

Read "Dejan Terzic’s Axiom, Woodoism, Yunseon Yi Trio, & Stéphane Payen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's a definite international tilt to this episode, with samplings of new releases by artists from France (Stéphane Payen and the Jazz Station Big Band & The Workshop), Germany (Dejan Terzic and Tru Cargo Service, Switzerland) Zurich Jazz Orchestra featuring Steffen Schorn and the quartet Woodoism), England's Ferg Ireland, and South Korean pianist Yunseon Yi's trio. ...

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Article: Album Review

Mikko Innanen / Cedric Piromalli / Stefan Pasborg: This Is It

Read "This Is It" reviewed by Mark Corroto


When a Finn, a Dane, and a Frenchman take on the organ trio genre expect it to be funky and supercool. And This is It is just that. This new group pivots around Cedric Piromalli's Hammond organ in ways you might expect if you are a fan of the Blue Note 1960s sounds of Big John ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Aksel Rönning Trio, Blue Reality Quartet & Ches Smith’s We All Break

Read "Aksel Rönning Trio, Blue Reality Quartet & Ches Smith’s We All Break" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Like Haitian-drums? Drummer Ches Smith does and he taps into the Voudo rhythm and spirit of Haiti on his new Path Of Seven Colors. Like Bob Dylan's music? The German quartet Absolutely Sweet Marie tackles nothing but; their third volume, Wherever You Roam, is just out and there are a some tunes from that featured. What ...

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Wadada Leo Smith, The Red Microphone & Clean Feed Releases

Read "Wadada Leo Smith, The Red Microphone & Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Trumpet master and composer Wadada Leo Smith continues to produce astonishing original music. Zeroing in on the age of 80 seems to have no impact. There are two new releases from the Finnish Tum label to show Smith's creativity: Sacred Ceremonies with Bill Laswell and Milford Graves and the other a solo set. Some of Clean ...

Album

ALQE

Label: We Jazz Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Monograph I; Erzeben Strasse; Mary Hartman; Pocket Yoga; Monograph II; Oblique; P.S.; Le Petit Lactoire; Rowan.

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Article: Live Review

December jazz in Helsinki

Read "December jazz in Helsinki" reviewed by Anthony Shaw


Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution and others Hietsun Paviljonki and various venues On-line concerts Helsinki, Finland December 1-2, 2020 Two evenings of live youthful jazz events opened December's musical fare at a time of sparse availability of live concerts around the globe: Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution, and the We-Jazz sponsored ...


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