Tenor saxophonist Timo Lassy, one of Finland’s leading jazz artists, is back with a new album release “Trio” on We Jazz Records. The album, to be released on 27 August, introduces Lassy’s new combo with bassist Ville Herrala and drummer Jaska Lukkarinen – both We Jazz Records roster artists on their own right.
The new Lassy sound is tight, swinging and funky, led by the strong and riff-ready sax of the tenorman. That being said, the album’s sound is not limited to that of the swinging trio. Lassy’s new vision also brings in some subtle electronics (played by Lassy, Dalindèo frontman Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen and Ilmiliekki Quartet pianist Tuomo Prättälä) and lush strings performed by Budapest Art Orchestra as arranged by Finnish artist Marzi Nyman. It’s a new sound for Lassy, but one which keeps true to his no-nonsense cookin’ on the tenor.
This combination proves to be a winning one on the album, ranging from the more solemn moments on tracks such as “Sunday 20” and “Sointu” to the all out groovers like “Pumping C” and “Subtropical”. The basic three sylinders of the band tenor sax, bass and drums, are strong throughout and the strings add air beneath the wings to really lift things off. Electronics are used as a tasty condiment, not taking over the main course but adding to it just right.
“We began the process with the bare bones trio but along the way, the sound started evolving into something else” Lassy explains. “That’s how I like to work, anyway, while the trio can take this music to great lengths live, on the album I like to paint a fuller, more colourful picture sonically.”
Speaking of painting, the sleeve of the album features the original artwork “Subtropic” by Finnish artist Ilari Hautamäki. “Trio” by Timo Lassy will be released by We Jazz Records as blue and black vinyl editions complete with a heavy duty tip-on sleeve, on CD and digitally. The special BUNDLE version includes the LP with a 7″ featuring two non-LP tracks, available with blue LP + blue 7″ or as black LP + black 7″, bound together in a re-sealable “Japanese styled” sleeve, plus a We Jazz sticker.