A 4 track post bop album (30m 18s) — released March 24th 2017 on We Jazz

Jaska Lukkarinen Trio is one of the most creative working groups in the vibrant Finnish jazz scene. Consisting of drummer Jaska Lukkarinen, tenor sax man Jussi Kannaste, and bassist Antti Lötjönen, the members of this long-standing group have experience in celebrated ensembles such as The Five Corners Quintet, Dalindèo, and Verneri Pohjola Quartet, and it's only fitting that they're taking a new look at the music of their close collaborator, composer Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen (of Dalindèo and Ricky-Tick Big Band) here. The 4-track set was recorded at Helsinki's We Jazz Festival where the group performed at the packed club space Dubrovnik (owned by the famed Finnish film auteur Aki Kaurismäki).

Jaska Lukkarinen Trio rely on their strong group dynamic to move through varios different moods during the course of the album. They deliver a scorching take on "Flow On", a track originally recorded by Dalindèo as a serene mood piece. "Origami" is a new composition heard here for the first time, and it truly captures the feeling of the premiere live on stage. "Komeda", Pöyhönen's tribute to the great Polish composer is refreshed as a majestic pyramid of a song, and "Pengerkadulla" draws from the streets of Helsinki, laying out a relaxed yet intense street scene from the underbelly of the new "it" part of town, Kallio.

Lovingly captured on analogue tape by the go-to guy in the local live recording scene, Abdissa Assefa, and cut to vinyl at the Timmion Cutting Lab, "Origami" is simultaneously a love letter to all that's great about jazz music, and a suggestion on how to take the music forward. That is, you'll get hummable tunes and the deep search for the shape of jazz to come in the same package. LP comes with an article about the project on the printed inner sleeve and a free digital download with the bonus track, "Beauty Passing By".

Some of the best tunes from Dalindèo and Ricky-Tick Big Band brilliantly X-rayed by the trio. - Andreas Müller Deutschlandradio Kultur

If you need proof why Finnish jazz is great at the moment, this is it. 5/5 - Juha Seitz Ilkka Newspaper

A well-balanced trio, which gets a lot out of the material at hand. 4/5 - Harri Uusitorppa Helsingin Sanomat

An excellent live document. 4/5 - Jusa Hämäläinen Karjalainen Newspaper

When you hear the applause after a great solo, the only question remaining is: why wasn't I there? 4/5 - Iida Siimes Voima Tabloid

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