"Wild Eyes" with its sharp, almost electronic-sounding drums, maps out new territory and briefly aligns the quintet with some of the currents radiating out from the British jazz scene. But already on the subsequent "Nightflight Home", a deep, slow-simmering ballad about the fear and elation that change can bring, his Finnish roots come to the fore without ever tapping into worn-out folk clichés.
Everyone in the band has grown, starting with Vesala himself. On "Closer to the surface", his ecstatic solo demonstrates his interest in non-trumpet greats like John Coltrane as part of his never-ending quest for expanding his technique, and palette. The progression of Soundpost Quintet as a unit is becoming apparent, too, with the performers gelling tighter than ever while simultaneously excelling as individual instrumentalists. This is still an all-acoustic band - but with both eyes closed, it is hard to tell at times.
Martti Vesala: trumpet & fluegelhorn
Petri Puolitaival: saxophones, flutes, bass clarinet
Joonas Haavisto: piano and rhodes
Juho Kivivuori: double bass
Ville Pynssi: drums & percussion
- Wild Eyes
- Night Flight Home
- Magenta Drive
- Trial By Fire
- Double Image
- Closer To The Surface
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