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Timo Lassy

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Saxophonist-composer-bandleader Timo Lassy is a household name in his domestic Finland. Having worked as a sought-after freelance saxophonist already during his studies at Sibelius Academy and Amsterdam Conservatory he was amongst the new generation of Finnish musicians who formed The Five Corners Quintet known for bringing jazz back to the dancefloor reaching a large audience around the globe. For the past decade Timo Lassy has concentrated on his solo career mainly playing with his long time associated known as Timo Lassy Band, “one of Europe’s sharpest bands” according to the Sunday Times UK and “quality swinging jazz with a difference” (Gilles Peterson)

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Stephanie McKay, Timo Lassy, Alexander Hawkins, Kit Downes & Other New Releases

Read "Stephanie McKay, Timo Lassy, Alexander Hawkins, Kit Downes & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome back to our weekly tasting menu of the best new jazz delicacies the international scene has to offer. This week we highlight two releases that draw attention to historic developments with stellar rosters of contributing artists, Music for Ukraine and Black Lives—from Generation to Generation, and on the brand new album by the Michael Leonhart ...

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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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Live Recordings 2019-2020

Label: We Jazz Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Fallow; Zomp; Liberty; Hypno; Aero; Kobi; Solution Black; Ecru; Telemagenta; Calling James.

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Barry Harris & Joey DeFrancesco

Read "Barry Harris & Joey DeFrancesco" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 731st Episode of Neon Jazz begins with the powerful Joey DeFrancesco and the song “Free" off his More Music release. Keeping it in the family, we also hear from his dad Papa John DeFrancesco, plus Jake Baldwin, Lisa Hilton, Barrett Martin, Timo Lassy and Edward Decker. We also say farewell to the wonderful Barry Harris ...

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William Parker, Francois Carrier & Javier Subatin

Read "William Parker, Francois Carrier & Javier Subatin" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This week's spotlight is clearly on the great bassist, composer, multi-instrumentalist & culture maker, William Parker. His 10-CD box set is almost overwhelming in its scope and originality. You'll hear a sampling from three of the CDs, plus a track from a new recording with his partner, Patricia Nicholson. We check out new discs from Montreal's ...

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Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen

Read "Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


New releases galore this edition to sift through and that's always enjoyable. Pianist Alexander Hawkins goes large ensemble on his new Togetherness Music and which is graced by the presence of the great Evan Parker; the Finnish duo of Timo Lassy and Teppo Makynen tear things down on the opening track; the trio of Brian Jones, ...

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Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen: Live Recordings 2019-2020

Read "Live Recordings 2019-2020" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


The Finnish pairing of Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen belongs to the kind of collaborations where one really doesn't know what to expect next, but that whatever it is, it's bound to be quite extraordinary. Both respected leaders in their own right and busy musicians in contexts that reach far beyond the boundaries of jazz, the ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

We Jazz Live: Jazz From Finland

Read "We Jazz Live: Jazz From Finland" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Documenting the Finnish label We Jazz Records' ongoing live activities, the “We Jazz Live Plates" volumes present a fairly complete overview of the label's roster of talent in a live environment. Volumes 2 and 3 of this project have been released together and present recordings of various projects' performances at the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki ...

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Avram Fefer, Harris Eisenstadt, Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda and More

Read "Avram Fefer, Harris Eisenstadt, Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


You can always count on Clean Feed Records for great music, and this episode features some tunes from recent releases on the Portuguese label's catalogue. Saxophonist Avram Fefer adds Marc Ribot to his usual trio and the results on Testament are fantastic. Pianist Zack Clarke steps back to a traditional piano trio format, but the music ...


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