Helsinki quartet OK:KO releases their third album "Liesu" with We Jazz Records on 15 April. The band, led by drummer/composer Okko Saastamoinen and including saxophonist Jarno Tikka, pianist Toomas Keski-Säntti and bassist Mikael Saastamoinen (of Superpostion & Linda Fredriksson "Juniper") is a scene favourite in Finland and has recently garnered some international attention with their melodic, dynamic and original approach. The OK:KO sound is adventurous yet accessible, and contemporary yet rooted in the lineage of acoustic small group jazz.
The second single ahead of the album release is "Vanhatie" ("Old Road" in Finnish), which treks along an inviting path laid out by Okko Saastamoinen's hard-driving "broken beat". The track shows OK:KO's strength in building up the intensity of their collective band sound and adding levels of melody onto each composition.
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