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Jukka Eskola – same

Posted on: July 18, 2009


Scandinavia has been lately at the top of contemporary music, specially jazz. Many probably know Jukka Eskola from his work with Nuspirit Helsinki and Teddy Rok Seven. But his debut record from 2005 is more contemporary jazz than nu-jazz, therefore more heading for The Five Corners Quintet, where the trumpeter also participated. The first thing that catches the eye is the stylish Blue Note–flavoured artwork, which was brought back by Ricky Ticky, but is also followed by Free Agent Records, which released the album – both fantastic record labels.

It is clear that Eskola’s playing is influenced by Freddie Hubbard. This is also self-proclaimed by Eskola himself. If listening to “Buttercup”, one of the higlights of the record, it is very clear why Eskola is not denying that. The musicians on this album with beautiful bass and drums, saxos in that nice jazzy way are almost the same as the Five Corners Quintet liveset, but doesn´t mean you have to expect the same sound. Eskola’s debut is definitely promising. It includes a handful of excellent tracks and displays a bunch of young top-class musicians on the rise. Another hotshot from the vital Helsinki scene.



4 Responses to "Jukka Eskola – same"

Damn, never heard this before. Really really good stuff!!! Thanks!

de nada!
and if you like jukka, watch out for the other mentioned artists, they are awesome as well! more of the great helsinki scene will come soon

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