OK:KO, 'Anima,' WeJazz ****

Knock-out improvising and direction here from this Finnish band led by drummer Okko Saastamoinen. OK-KO do the scrambling hurly burly of bebop well that sees detailed lines decant slickly into smart melodic flourishes to create a real sense of …

Published: 22 Mar 2022. Updated: 20 months.

Knock-out improvising and direction here from this Finnish band led by drummer Okko Saastamoinen. OK-KO do the scrambling hurly burly of bebop well that sees detailed lines decant slickly into smart melodic flourishes to create a real sense of momentum on 'Anima'. Saxist Jarno Tikka carries melody persuasively and the whole things gels convincingly. The full album Liesu is out next month.

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Mario Biondi dates coming up: and check out his cool version of 'The Creator Has a Masterplan'

What a superb new version here of the Leon Thomas-Pharoah Sanders classic 'The Creator Has a Masterplan' from that fine Italian jazz crooner Mario Biondi (think Dwight Trible-meets-Barry White!) drawn from Mario's new album Romantic. Mario is …

Published: 21 Mar 2022. Updated: 20 months.

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What a superb new version here of the Leon Thomas-Pharoah Sanders classic 'The Creator Has a Masterplan' from that fine Italian jazz crooner Mario Biondi (think Dwight Trible-meets-Barry White!) drawn from Mario's new album Romantic.

Mario is over touring later this month. Dates are Edinburgh (30 March), Glasgow (31 March), Gateshead (2 April), Manchester (3 April) and London (4-5 April).