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Five Corners Quintet – chasin´ the Jazz gone by

Posted on: September 11, 2007

Urbanology is early, but I don´t think you´ll have a problem with it. Today a fine jazz record from The Five Corners Quintet from Helsinki, another proof for the thesis that Scandinavia is leading the way when it comes to jazz. The Quintet describes themself as a ” postmodern jazz outfit influenced by early sixties straight ahead and latin jazz. Led by producer Tuomas Kallio the Five Corners Quintet is a new extension of the highly acclaimed Nuspirit Helsinki collective.”

The FCQ released several EPs before this full length record and sales of those singles should quickly reach over 12,000, all singles and the record together sold more than 40.000 copies worldwide. Not bad for a jazz group in 2005, but “chasin´the Jazz gone by” even spent 11 weeks in the Finnish album Top-40 chart. What is the secret behind this success? The FCQ´s goal is

“to set an example of how dance floor friendly contemporary production can fruitfully meet the musical craftsmanship of the past, creating music that sounds as hip as the classic jazz records but is at the same time structurally polished and easily accessible music of today. Not housey nu-jazz, but jazz in the classic modernist spirit.”

And they reach this goal for sure, recorded a dense atmospheric jazz album, opened by the gorgeous voice of Okou with a graceful blues, followed up by vampy Bossa-grooves, 60ties soundtrack feeling and the incomparably jazz-singer Mark Murphy performs also on some songs.

Maybe also their mix of old and new musicians is the key to success. Young trumpet phenomenon Jukka Eskola, tenor sax Eero Koivistoinen (around since the sixties), drummer talent Teppo Makynen, Severi Pyysalo a Blue Note vibraphone veteran – in the studio the Five Corners Quintet “is a contemporary project dictated by producer Tuomas Kallio and gathering separately the right people for each song from a pool of musicians that are some of the finest players in the Finnish and international jazz scene.”

Can you expect more? Yeah, if you have the chance to see them live, take this chance – they´re awesome, the Devil kicks!


3 Responses to "Five Corners Quintet – chasin´ the Jazz gone by"

Great site, a lot of cool and interesting albums so far. Interested in exchanging links?


thank you, you´re welcome!

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