VA Ateneum 2019 & Lonna

2LP set

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Helsinki’s We Jazz Records presents Ateneum 2019 and Lonna 2019, parts 1 & 2 of their ongoing “We Jazz Live Plates” series documenting the label’s live activity.

“Lonna 2019″is a nautical live album bringing together recordings captured at the successful concert series at the island of Lonna just outside Helsinki in July 2019. Part 3 of their ongoing “We Jazz Live Plates” series documenting the label’s live activity, “Lonna 2019” features inspired performances by Aleksi Heinola Quintet, Antti Lötjönen Quintet East and Oaagaada. Drummer Heinola’s quintet and the Hämeenlinna-based quartet Oaagaada make their We Jazz Records debut with this release.

Recorded at the historic Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki during spring 2019, Ateneum 2019 brings together three acts on the label’s roster: Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen, OK:KO and Alder Ego, each performing two tracks here.

OK:KO opens proceedings with their sound electrified by Toomas Keski-Säntti changing from piano to Fender Rhodes, a little touch that opens up new avenues in their sound. The band who made a big splash with their 2019 debut album “Syrtti”, present energetic new versions of the title track and the looping “Piik”. Alder Ego, led by drummer Joonas Leppänen, shifts gears with a new deep version of their 2018 album track “Cubism”, and add a new track “Mystery Room Nr. 6” into the mix. Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen strecth out their compact tracks “Fallow” and “Goldenrod”, which grow into new lenght and depth in the live setting.

Lonna 2019 is a nautical live album bringing together recordings captured at the successful concert series at the island of Lonna just outside Helsinki in July 2019. Part 3 of their ongoing “We Jazz Live Plates” series documenting the label’s live activity, “Lonna 2019” features inspired performances by Aleksi Heinola Quintet, Antti Lötjönen Quintet East and Oaagaada. Drummer Heinola’s quintet and the Hämeenlinna-based quartet Oaagaada make their We Jazz Records debut with this release, while Lötjönen is releasing his debut as a leader on the label in April.

“Lonna 2019” captures the easy-going feeling at the island series fittingly. Aleksi Heinola Quintet swings with their natural ability of making no-nonsense hard bop sound fresh in the contemporary setting. Antti Lötjönen leads his star-studded Quintet East through a high-spirited rendition of Don Cherry’s “Art Deco”. Oaagaada charm with their deep DIY spiritual jazz. And somewhere just above the music, a seagull screeches, echoing a perfect sunny day at Lonna.

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