Mikko Innanen 10+

A 4 track avant garde jazz ep (24m 18s) — released November 25th 2016 on We Jazz

Finnish sax man Mikko Innanen introduces his massive ensemble Mikko Innanen 10+ on this Grotto Editions X We Jazz release featuring four tracks composed by Innanen and recorded live at the Moers Festival in Germany in May 2015. The new EP shows 10+ displaying both raw power and remarkable finesse. Innanen's way of using the large ensemble and it's able bodied soloists displays great vision and his ability as composer and arranger. The lineup is strictly A-list Finnish jazzers from trumpet man Verneri Pohjola to pianist Seppo Kantonen and drummer Mika Kallio, to name but a few.

From the organised chaos of the opener "KF 501" via the abstract swing of "They Are Watching Us" to the delicate introspection of "Looking for Love", the large ensemble portrays a skill of creating free music with plenty of swing. Fans of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Mingus, Dolphy, et al, take note. The minimalist artwork of the Grotto X We Jazz series is created by the Stockholm based graphic designer Johanna Lundberg.

An insanely good release. - Andreas Müller Deutschlandradio Kultur

The new release sounds good. - Gilles Peterson BB6

Excellent 12 piece Finnish unit. A great spin. - WIRE

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