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.
"Flight", released digitally on July 25, the first taste of the Alder Ego album "II" to be released by We Jazz Records on October 26 on black and white vinyl editions (including printed inner sleeve with liner notes and full download), CD and digitally.
released October 26, 2018
Alder Ego: Joonas Leppänen, drums / Jarno Tikka, sax / Tomi Nikku, trumpet / Teemu Åkerblom, bass + Ilkka Uksila, vibes
Composed by Joonas Leppänen
Produced by Joonas Leppänen & Matti Nives
Recorded & mixed by Tuukka Tervo
Mastered by Jukka Sarapää & Juho Luukkainen
Design by Matti Nives
Photography by Henri Hämäläinen & Mathias Foster
Liner Notes by Ami Vuorinen
these minimalistic drums (and yet super creative and full of polyrythms) combined with catchy basslines and Idris Rahman's extraordinary play make this ep just unique and perfect - highly recommended StrangeFlow