Friday, May 26, 2017

FINLAND/USA: NYConnection - "Urban griot" (OZELLA 2017)

Jussi Kannaste: Tenor Saxophone
Roy Assaf: Piano
Antti Lötjönen: Bass
Jaska Lukkarinen: Drums

"...spannender Jazz aus dem fernen Finnland.“
(Concerto April/Mai 2017)

"... a fine & subtle band... oscillating  between a quite brittle tone and elegiac melancholy... freshness and elasticity."(Jazzthing, February 2017)

„Urban Griot“ is the debut album by jazz quartet NYConnection, formed by Finnish drummer Jaska Lukkarinen and Israeli pianist Roy Assaf. Inspired by the griots of West Africa, NYConnection think of themselves as jazz storytellers. In their innovative compositions between bebob, folk and avant-garde song structures disappear in a whirl of dialogue and friction. Sometimes quiet, sometimes louder, always exiting.