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Jukka Eskola - Buttercup / 1974

Jukka Eskola Buttercup 1974
Jukka Eskola - Buttercup / 1974
(12") Ricky-Tick RT005, 2005-03

Review :
Jukka Eskola vient de la scène electro-jazz finlandaise. Il est trompettiste et on peut l'entendre au sein de nombreux groupes et enregistrements qui forment le haut du pavé: Nuspirit Helsinki, Five Corners Quintet, Teddy Rok 7, Quintessence, Jimi Tenor Band... Une pointure locale, en somme, extrait d'une scène qui se starifie peu à peu, dans l'underground international branché.
Son premier album solo doit sortir au printemps 2005 sur le label Free Agent Records, et en attendant les finlandais de Ricky-Tick sortent en apéritif un premier single de 'club jazz' plus ou moins traditionnel aux moultes soli, accompagné du saxophoniste des U-Street All Stars, ainsi que des bassiste et batteur du Five Corners Quintet. La face A, "Buttercup", au pied omniprésent, tourne un tant soit peu au "Love Boat", façon electro-jazz relou comme on en a plein les bacs ici aussi, mais la face B, très 'dancefloor latin jazz', est elle beaucoup plus aérienne, cool & swingin', et peut laisser présager d'un excellent album...

Tracklisting :
A1. Buttercup
B1. 1974

Jukka Eskola: trumpet & flugelhorn
Timo Lassy: tenor sax
Jukkis Uotila: Rhodes
Antti Lötjönen: bass
Teppo Mäkynen: drums
Produced by: Teppo "Teddy Rok" Mäkynen

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Biography :
Jukka Eskola is a young trumpetist who is involved in various jazz groups, but perhaps he is best known outside Finland from his work in the Finnish dancefloor/hard-bop jazz quintet, The Five Corners Quintet. Eskola is about to release his debut album, "Jukka Eskola" (Free Agent Records) in the spring of 2005 and Ricky-Tick Records is proud to release the first single taken from it.

Eskola felt that the time was right for his solo album because he has played as a sideman in several bands (NuSpirit Helsinki, Teddy Rok 7, Quintessence, Jimi Tenor Group etc.) and recordings, and now he wanted to do something of his own. The tracks are straight ahead jazz with a club feel. By playing "club jazz" Eskola feels that you can reach a new audience, not only the traditional jazz fans, even though his groups formation is old school, the solos improvised and the tracks recorded live in the best jazz tradition.

Eskola's quintets musicians are the cream of the Finnish jazz scene, all awarded young men except Jukkis Uotila (on piano) who has been around a bit longer. He has performed as a leader of his own small groups that have included such sidemen as Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Wayne Krantz, and has played with such jazz giants as Toots Thielemans, Randy Brecker/Eliane Elias, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Benny Goodman, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jack McDuff, Gil Evans and John Scofield to name a few. Timo Lassy plays tenor sax in U-Street All Stars, Antti Lötjönen is the bassist for The Five Corners Quintet and Ilmiliekki and the producer/drummer Teppo Mäkynen plays in Teddy Rok 7, The Five Corners Quintet, NuSpirit Helsinki and various other jazz groups.


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