2021-10-22T20:00:00Z – 2021-10-22T22:00:00Z
In 2021, Timo Lassy, a tenor saxophonist and composer based in Helsinki, presents his new trio formation. Along for the ride are Ville Herrala on double bass and Jaska Lukkarinen on drums, both mainstays in the Finnish scene and highly-regarded solo artists in their own right. The trio came together in early 2020 for a string of live gigs and started its process in becoming a tighter-than-tight band unit, one which can achieve a near telepathic connection on stage. That should be the goal of any combo, anyway, and the Timo Lassy Trio are approaching the level day by day, with every gig they play. On his album "Trio" (We Jazz Records 2021), Lassy expands the sound of his core unit by inviting strings and electronics along for the ride. The live thing brings out the essence of the band at the center of it all (hence the album title), and stands as a testament to the eternal joy of creating music together, live on stage. Lassy's riff-heavy new compositions take things in a new direction, into one where heavy funk, effortlessly rolling soul jazz and forward-reaching acoustic jazz meet. Their recipe may seem simple on the surface level but for anyone who has tried, there's no harder task in jazz music than to establish a unit which sounds together and maintains its musical direction at all times, however surprising the music might get on the moment. So go on, lend these three guys from Finland your ear, you will congratulate yourself on the choice afterwards.