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Aki Rissanen | Another North

Aki Rissanen delivers an all-encompassing, powerful new album with Another North, an album that explores new heights of rhythmic intensity, pulsating grooves and hypnotic loops. Aki Rissanen has reset his compass. This is their Another North.

CD Barcode 5060509790197
LP Barcode 5060509790210
CD Cat No: EDN1101

LP Cat No: EDNLP1101
Format: LP, CD & Download

Release Date: 10th November 2017


Track-listing //

1. Blind Desert
2. John’s Sons
2. New Life And Other Beginnings
4. Étude 5: Arc-en-ciel Reimagined
5. Nature Of The Beast
6. Before The Aftermath
7. Hubble Bubble

REVIEWS for ‘Another North //

“Possibly the best Finnish jazz album of the year” Satakunnan Kansa (FI)

“Of course, the record will go up to the Year selections for my 2017 list.” Valon Kuvia (FI)

“…the album is likely to act as a calling card for the European avant garde.” Keskisuomalainen (FI)

“A fine new CD…shows the growth of the trio in no uncertain terms…” KEVIN LEGENDRE BBC RADIO 3 (UK)

“The door is now open…Aki Rissanen is heading towards large audiences…Another North will most likely lift Aki Rissanen to the European frontline….Another North is a determined and well conceptualized album.” SAVON SANOMAT (FI)

“A Finnish jazz band doesn’t get much better than this.” HELSINGIN SANOMAT (FI)

“It’s in fact a shame that last year Aki Rissanen’s Amorandom was praised as the best jazz record of the year, because the new one is clearly better.” HUFVUDSTADSBLADET (FI)

“One of the strongest candidates for the year’s best jazz album is here.” Jazzpossu (FI)

“Rissanen, Lötjönen and Mäkynen seem to have achieved almost a telepathic ability to read each other’s minds. The trio is unified in fierce repetitive swarms as well as quiet waters. Another North might be the best domestic jazz album in 2017.” Satakunnan Kansa (FI)

“The album is likely to act as a business card for the front rows of European jazz.” Keskisuomalainen (FI)

“The swirling harmonies, rhythmic jets and the energetic, hungry groove – pianist Aki Rissanen’s (born 1980) trio’s Another North album is undoubtedly the most talented jazz in Finland right now.” Helsingin Sanomat (blog) (FI)

“Another North is an album you’re still discovering new items in, and Rissanen is undoubtedly a name you want to hear again.” Dagbladet (NO)

“Another North is a fascinating album until its last chord.” KARJALAINEN (FI)

“The music presented here covers a broad spectrum of moods ranging from cerebral reflection to visceral excitement, but all of it is universally engaging.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ (UK)

“Spectacular!” MIKE CHADWICK (DJ, Manager UK)

“There is a lot of music to enjoy here, from a lot of different angles.” LONDON JAZZ (UK)

“These are three master musicians working in a classic jazz trio format who are constantly bringing something new to the table. The ‘Nordic’ piano trio has a particular approach to music-making. Rissanen and friends are far from what we have grown to expect from this genre and they are none the worse for that.” UK VIBE (UK)

This record commands your attention. JAZZ IN EUROPE (EU)

“Rissanen is a master pianist …I think the album Another North definitely offers more than the eye can see and perceive.” LIRA (SE)

“Really inspiring” GLOBAL MUSIC (DE)

“This is a true respect to this jazz creator, whose significance is beginning to be appreciated not only in Finland – a distinctive theme, rhythmic, entangled in thick musical matter, multi-layered, and finally in the form of a staccato interlacing of three excellent instrumental voices …” JAZZPORT (CZ)

ABOUT ‘Another North //

Another North is the flamboyant and rhythmically intense new album from Finnish pianist Aki Rissanen. Demonstrating massive progression the music shines very brightly and not only confirms the trio’s promise and right to command international attention but does so with style, grace and elegance. Following the acclaimed release in 2016 of ‘Amorandom’ which collected many 5 star accolades and the prestigious and sought after Emma Prize, The Finnish Grammy, for the best jazz album of the year the group, featuring an all star Finnish line-up, has now distinguished itself as a trio with real vision and a drive to explore new directions. This is Another North.

The trio set out to avoid complacency and not just produce another high quality album. They early on expressed the intention of following their own route with a project that marks them firmly down as a trio rooted in the wider European tradition. Aki Rissanen and his band of roving Finns have avoided the clichés of the ‘Nordic’ piano trio. Instead of focusing on creating space and minimalist touch the trio relish a new world of rhythmic intensity, pulsating grooves, hypnotic loops brought together in an intuitive desire to explore. This record commands your attention.

As Aki Rissanen explains: “With Amorandom, we briefly explored a more energetic world in our approach to our music with compositions such as ‘Bird Vision’.  As we toured and developed that music over the last 18 months, our desire to delve deeper in this direction became stronger. As a trio we wanted to collectively discover a greater intensity and energy, to stand out as a trio from the North. This music is the sum of that exploration”.

Opening with the vibrant ‘Blind Desert’, their direction is immediately clear and captivating, and there’s no letting up. With its brave arrangement of Gyorgy Ligeti’s piano etude, the trio reimagines the classical masterpiece – which was, of course influenced by Bill Evans’ music – fusing it seamlessly with jazz rhythm and sensibility; a happy happenstance as Evans is a massive inspiration and classical repertoire in general a big stylistic influence. This is a trio with something to say and these three are intent on saying it loud and with some attitude.

As one of the leading ensembles on the vibrant Finnish scene the Aki Rissanen Trio has reset its compass and is heading into new territories that will inevitably lead to greater international attention. It is reconceptualising what is possibly for the piano trio, what is possible for jazz from the Nordic countries, what is possible for European music. This is the Aki Rissanen Trio. This is their Another North.


All music composed by Aki Rissanen except:#2 by Jarmo Savolainen, #4 by György Ligeti, #7 by Aki Rissanen, Antti Lötjönen & Teppo Mäkynen
All music arranged by the trio
Produced by Aki Rissanen
Recorded at Kallio-Kuninkala Studios, Järvenpää, Finland on 11th and 12th June 2017 by Mikko Raita
Assistant engineer: Juho Salaterä
Mixed at Studio Kekkonen, Helsinki, Finland on 28th and 29th June 2017 by Mikko Raita
Mastered at Chartmakers West, Espoo, Finland on 7th July 2017 by Svante Forsbäck
Piano: Steinway D

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