Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Aleksi Heinola Quartet (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:19:14 minutes | 1020 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Jazzaggression
In the autumn of 2021, four musicians and close friends joined forces for a week of touring and recording. This double longplayer album captures the essence of their appraise live performances accumulating in a 2-day recording frenzy at the legendary Finnvox studios Helsinki. The album features a mix of new and original Aleksi Heinola compositions and works by jazz greats such as Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, Joe Henderson, and Cedar Walton.The recording session was intense, with the group experimenting and playing together nonstop for two days. Their pre-studio performances shaped the music and created a expressive atmosphere in the studio, capturing the tight interplay and energy of a group fresh off tour.
Aleksi’s latest album represents a significant progression from his prior releases. However, he remains steadfast in his unwavering devotion to the jazz style that he holds most dear. The album serves as a tribute to the enduring legacy of hard-bop, characterized by its emphasis on captivating melodic phrasing, infectious swing rhythms, and a distinctive artistic flair that sets it apart from other modern works within the genre.
The quartet is composed of an impressive array of talent, featuring Finnish drummer Aleksi Heinola, Hungarian tenor saxophonist Gábor Bolla, Finnish pianist Jukkis Uotila, and Swedish double bassist Daniel Franck. A must-listen for any jazz enthusiast looking for a fresh and captivating sound.
“The spirit of vintage hard-bop is reimagined on the first great jazz record of 2023! Originals and compositions by Waldron, Shorter, Monk, and more travel new yet familiar paths as the Aleksi Heinola Quartet pilot the grooves with swing, style, and stellar musicianship” (Syd Schwartz, Jazz and Coffee)
“A contemporary Finnish group, and a great one too – a combo who play with the sharp, soulful tones of a Blue Note lineup from the 60s – but all without ever sounding like they’re trying to copy that mode too much! Instead, these guys just have a proud, confident sense of their strengths – which they bring to their music in a wonderful way. The set’s got this mix of sophistication and swing – a bit like late 60s work by Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan – and titles include the originals ‘Bossa 69’, ‘Three Fiddy’, ‘Rudy’, and ‘Silver Maze’ – plus a groovy take on ‘Wives & Lovers’.” (Dusty Groove)
1-01. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Up & Down (07:25)
1-02. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Big Push (06:25)
1-03. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Peace (05:37)
1-04. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Bolivia (06:24)
1-05. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – New Vibes (06:38)
1-06. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Vananta Land (06:24)
1-07. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – 10 Points (05:17)
1-08. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Rio (05:15)
1-09. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – 415 Central Park West (05:00)
1-10. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Pronto (04:44)
1-11. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Think Of One (06:02)
1-12. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Tetragon (06:06)
1-13. Aleksi Heinola Quartet – Soul Eyes (07:51)