ALEXI TUOMARILA piano
MATS EILERTSEN double bass
OLAVI LOUHIVUORI drums
For more than 15 years Alexi Tuomarila has been quietly building a considerable reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation in Europe, described by Jazz Times as ‘…one of the next big deals on jazz piano…’ and selected as one of the New Future Names of International Jazz by distinguished British jazz journalist Stuart Nicholson in the Observer newspaper.
Sphere is the 3rd album from the brilliant Finnish pianist, Alexi Tuomarila and his trio with bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Olavi Louhivuori. They are joined by guest trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, a simply brilliant album that brings together powerfully melodic, driving, rhythmical soloing and Finnish melancholy to create some of the finest musicianship to emerge from any current Nordic ensemble.
Alexi has built an extensive catalogue both as a leader and as sideman with many groups, including for ECM with the late great trumpeter Tomas Stanko. With Sphere he has produced his most accomplished album yet featuring his long-term collaborators, bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Olavi Louhivuori, and with the addition of guest soloist and Edition artist Verneri Pohjola. Alexi says: “For me Sphere in this context represents the constantly morphing and boiling space, where music is happening… the musical sphere is constantly changing and evolving, as is the musicians’ personal taste and approach towards music. I don’t think it’s possible to reinvent the piano trio, but it’s certainly possible to be influenced and touched by many different cultures and musical styles, and to integrate what has been learned into one’s music and playing.” Alexi demonstrates by his musical progression on his albums for Edition – 2017’s Kingdom, 2013’s Seven Hills and his album with Drifter – Flow from 2015 – that he is not only influenced by the music and the situations around him, but that like the artist he is, he is able to mold and shape these influences into something new and exciting.
‘This kind of maturity in a musician is really more the exception than the rule… I’m definitely excited about the future of this piano player’. BRAD MEHLDAU
Press for Sphere (2019) //
“This is a record that should be heard, a genuine talent finally beginning to realise his potential.” Stuart Nicholson, JAZZWISE MAGAZINE
“If you like contemporary European Jazz, you’re going to love this.” Fred Neighbour, UK VIBE (Five Stars)
“The jazz trio is brought to dizzying life in the hands of Alexi Tuomarila and friends” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE (Five stars)
Press for Kingdom (2017) //
“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 ***** (Five Stars)