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Neandertal Grooves

Label: EBB
Released: 2004
Track listing: Krapina; Hymn; Dance by the Bonfire; Funeral; Runabout / Walkabout ; Lake Disappointment; Hunt (48:21).


Article: Album Review

The Espoo Big Band Featuring Trilok Gurtu: Neandertal Grooves

Read "Neandertal Grooves" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Espoo Big Band, a bellwether of the Finnish jazz scene for more than three decades, is known for its adventurous nature, and Neandertal Grooves, which showcases the music of guitarist/composer Jarmo Saari and the talents of master percussionist Trilok Gurtu, does nothing to undermine that enterprising spirit. As “neandertal” (Neanderthal) has become rather ...


Article: Album Review

Espoo Big Band: Live in Australia / Plays Carla Bley

Read "Live in Australia / Plays Carla Bley" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here are three discs (more like two and one–half, actually) by Finland’s foremost big band, Espoo, one recorded in 1993 with guest conductor Carla Bley, the others last year during an Australian tour. Also sitting in on the earlier session is the well–known American bassist Steve Swallow. On the Jazz continuum, Espoo is definitely in the ...


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