Eero Koivistoinen Quartet (FI)

You could call this acoustic hardcore jazz, even though Aleksi Tuomarila may occasionally change from grand piano to electric piano. Of course, Eero Koivistoinen has extensive experience also of free, prog and rock, fusion, children’s music and many ethnic styles, above all Finnish and African. The sometimes soprano blowing tenorist and the recipient of the first ever Yrjö jazz award is one of the grand old men of Finnish jazz and has stayed active and creative through the decades. He has studied at the Sibelius Academy and Berklee, gigged at Newport and Montreaux, is a founder member of the mighty UMO orchestra and has travelled around the world investigating different forms of music.

At the Jazz Happening he is celebrating the release of his new album Illusion and will mostly play compostions from it. If he decides to cast a glance at the past, there’s certainly no shortage of interesting material. For instance, Wahoo! (1972) and The Front Is Breaking (1976) are international album classics, their original pressings changing hands at ridiculous sums of money. The quartet’s other members represent the cream of the younger Finnish jazz generation.

“There’s a palpable sense of honesty, thought, experience and commitment apparent from the first note.”

Dave Liebman

  • Eero Koivistoinen - tenor & soprano saxophones
  • Alexi Tuomarila - piano
  • Jori Huhtala - bass
  • Jussi Lehtonen - drums

“There’s a palpable sense of honesty, thought, experience and commitment apparent from the first note.”

Dave Liebman

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