Ilmiliekki Quartet, Ilmiliekki Quartet, WeJazz *****

One of the best releases of 2022 so far and what a formidable record this is. The Finnish band's world class trumpeter Verneri Pohjola is on top form and provides a brooding seriousness throughout that is very compelling. Pianist Tuomo Prättälä …

Published: 24 Feb 2022. Updated: 9 months.

One of the best releases of 2022 so far and what a formidable record this is. The Finnish band's world class trumpeter Verneri Pohjola is on top form and provides a brooding seriousness throughout that is very compelling. Pianist Tuomo Prättälä proves a dramatic foil say on 'Follow the Damn Breadcrumbs' and on a track like 'Aila' which emotionally pushes heightened raw, tragic, dramatic buttons there is an epic majesty to the group playing. Ilmiliekki don't do cliché or fall back on nostalgia. A serious record for serious times certainly, the band are in their prime and this proves to be a new landmark in Ilmiliekki's considerable discography to date that you've just got to hear.

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Aberdeen Jazz Festival line-up announced

Next month's Aberdeen Jazz Festival has announced its line-up. Artists appearing include: Seonaid Aitken and Brian Kellock, Young Pilgrims, above, Kieran McLeod Group, Martin Kershaw Quartet and Rose Room. Dates are 17-27 March. See the festival …

Published: 24 Feb 2022. Updated: 9 months.

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Next month's Aberdeen Jazz Festival has announced its line-up.

Artists appearing include: Seonaid Aitken and Brian Kellock, Young Pilgrims, above, Kieran McLeod Group, Martin Kershaw Quartet and Rose Room.

Dates are 17-27 March. See the festival website for the full line-up