A 7 track avant garde jazz album (38m 4s) — released October 26th 2018 on We Jazz

Helsinki-based drummer Joonas Leppänen introduces Alder Ego, his quartet formation bringing together four major talents from the buzzing Finnish jazz scene. Here, Leppänen is joined by trumpeter Tomi Nikku (of Bowman Trio), saxophonist Jarno Tikka and bassist Teemu Åkerblom.

Together they create forward thinking jazz music of the now: melodic, flowing, and full of surprises. The music moves forward naturally, carrying with it multiple levels of discovery. Leppänen's musical vision has cubist undertones, and the Alder Ego tracks takes unexpected turns yet maintain their melodic clarity at all times. Each member brings forth his soloistic prowess, with the frontline of Tikka and Nikku on sax and trumpet, respectively, shining through. That being said, this is small group jazz at its best: lean yet multilayered, melodic yet challenging, and ultimately based on teamwork with very rewarding results indeed.

Sounding great. - Found Sounds DJ Magazine

Great music from Alder Ego. - Tony Minvielle Jazz FM / Foldedspace

Niiiiiiiiiice - Liking this big - Jon More Coldcut / Soho Radio / Ninja Tune

Classy +Jazzy! - Alex Ruder KEXP

Truly sublime. - DJ Rahdu BamaLoveSoul.com

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