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Tomi Nikku

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Tomi Nikku is a Helsinki-based trumpet player, composer, bandleader and educator who has become known as one of the most active Finnish instrumentalists of his generation. Nikku leads his quintet, Tomi Nikku 5tet, and works as a sideman with numerous innovative bands like Alder Ego, Maxxxtet, Bowman Trio, Maan Tila, UXILA EXILE, and Sointi Jazz Orchestra, to name a few. Along with the small group playing Nikku works as a freelance musician in various settings and styles. He has performed as a featuring soloist with UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra and has earned his Master’s degree in music at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts. Nikku’s style of playing and writing derives from his personality, life experience, and worldview

Album

Last Dance

Label: Neuklang
Released: 2022
Track listing: G.G.'s Last Dance; Para Nada; Dienda; Do As I Say (Not As I Do).

Album

Light & Shade

Label: Flame Jazz Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Inceptum Intro; Inceptum; Who Goes First?; V.E.N.; Trumpet Intro / Yearnin'; Emboldened; What Is It (That You're So Afraid Of); Yearnin'

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Article: Album Review

Max Zenger: Chapter 2

Read "Chapter 2" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Finnish saxophonist/bass clarinetist Max Zenger's quartet, the Maxxxtet, shows on its sophomore release that there's a lot of room in modern jazz for an approach that puts harmony, intricate concepts and subtle rhythmic nuances ahead of passionate intensity and technical brilliance. This is not to say that the group lacks chops or ambition--but that these traits ...


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