Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jukka Eskola's Exploration into Scandi-Bossa

Over the last month, the Italian record label Schema has released a number of great new records including a brand new album by Finnish awarded trumpet player/ composer Jukka Eskola. I've been a fan of Eskola's music since his 2004 breakthrough 12" release Buttercup / 1974. Since that time, the trumpet player has released a few singles including Timber Up and Jova, as well as the amazing 2009 full-length album Walkover. On this great new album, titled Orquesta Bossa, Eskola fuses together his Scandinavian jazz roots with an exploration into the world of Bossa Nova and Brazilian-influenced rhythms. The album, which was co-written by drummer Teppo Mäkynen, has a classic Bossa Nova groove throughout the recording that features both premiere gathering of both Finnish jazz and classical musicians. Some of the highlight's include "Bolly Beat", "Tensions", "From the Hot Afternoon" and "Slam Square". The session was recorded on an analog 8-track tape recorder using old 50's and 60's tube microphones, which helps give the album a feel like it was recorded during the time Antonio Carlos Jobim was first introducing the world to "Desafinado". Overall, this is solid new adventurous recording from one of Finland's most prolific jazz musicians. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Jukka Eskola - From the Hot Afternoon

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