ALEXI TUOMARILA piano
MATS EILERTSEN double bass
OLAVI LOUHIVUORI drums
The Alexi Tuomarila trio is a group forged together so strongly that the musicians find themselves working together in multiple contexts. Tuomarila has created a sensation with his trio with Mats Eilertsen and Olavi Louhivuori, highlighting his melodically and rhythmically robust compositions and the trio’s almost telepathic communication. This music is filled with emotional and melancholy warmth balanced with a rhythmical drive.
Described by Jazz Times as ‘…one of the next big deals on jazz piano…’, Alexi Tuomarila is amoungst the finest pianists on the European Jazz scene right now. Known for his work with Polish ECM trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, Tuomarila has quietly grown into a musical force to reckon with. A true sculptor of sound, the pianist and composer has the ability to mould awe-inspiring melodic lines with precision and rhythmic finesse, decorated with a vibrant imagination, energy undercut with melancholy. Kingdom is Alexi’s new trio album with long term comrades Mats Eilertsen and Olavi Louhivuori (following the hugely successful release of Seven Hills in 2013). Two of the most respected musicians in European jazz, Eilertsen and Louhivuori combine wonderfully fluid technical proficiency and world class musicianship: they formidably articulate everything Tuomarila plays; their improvisations are bold and developed with sleekness and poise.
Since the early 2000’s Tuomarila has been constantly touring, basing himself in Paris, Brussels as well as, latterly, Helsinki. Now in his early 40s, Tuomarila is firmly rooted back in his Finnish home city. Kingdom symbolises his return to his homeland. He explains: ‘I’ve spent years on the road, touring and recording in many different cities and countries. I’ve now reached a time in this life that I feel settled and at home in Helsinki. This album represents these feelings. To share this music with Mats and Olavi, two of the best musicians I know, is humbling and rewarding’.
With five compositions penned by Tuomarila, two from Louhivuori, one from Eilertsen and a (timely) re-interpretation of Dylan’s classic The Times That Are Changin’, Kingdom draws from a range of stylistic influences that develops striking harmonic depth and subtle shading. Kingdomis an album that looks set to return Tuomarila not just to his home country but also to enthrone him, as bandleader and soloist, as a leading figure in the vibrant European scene.
Press & PR:
Mike Gavin, Worldwide
“Tuomarila is big in Europe now, and his balance of stomping anthem magnetism and teeming improv fluency, matched by the virtuosity of Norwegian bassist Mats Eilertsen and Finnish percussionist Olavi Louhivuori explain why.”
-The Guardian, UK **** (4 Stars)
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“This is an album that demands your attention and will repay repeated listening. It almost goes without saying that the recorded sound is second to none. The album is sure to raise the profile of this master pianist still further. Highly recommended.”
-UK VIBE ***** (5 Stars)
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“Judging by this fully engaging and satisfying album the piano-led power trio is most definitely alive and well.”
– All about Jazz, USA **** (4 stars)
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“…this recording satisfies the high expectations: Kingdom is one of the best CDs of the Piano trio genre to appear for years.”
-Nordische Musik, DE ****** (6/6 Stars, Album of the month)
“Tuomarila has delivered an absolute masterpiece with Kingdom.”
– Written in Music, NL ****(*) (4,5 stars)
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“Kingdom is set to establish Tuomarila as a leading figure in the European jazz scene.”
-The Australian **** (4 Stars)
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“I believe that this is a future classic modern piano trio album.”
-LIRA Magazine, SWE (LIRA LIKES)
“Kingdom is yet another example of Alexi Tuomarila’s winning formula…it is a trio recording that’s right up there.”
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“…the trio’s own melodic material is first class – and in some places even irresistibly lyrical, even without words.”
– Helsingin Sanomat, FI **** (4 stars)
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“Alexi Tuomarila Trio introduces the audience really into the Kingdom of Scandinavian jazz of the highest quality”
-Jazzport, CZ (95/100)
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Alexi Tuomarila Trio @ Jazzowa Jesien
Seven Hills (2013)
Alexi Tuomarila Trio
Alexi Tuomarila Seven Hills album trailer