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by Mikko Pellinen Mini Big Band

Highly original and interesting compositions for jazz ensemble. Ranging from lyrical moods to forceful group energy, music in the album offers a rich platform for the improvisational stylings of the strong soloists.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. 95 Years
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2. Recalling
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3. Abyss
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5. Aava
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6. Sky High
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Album Notes
"Personal" is composer-bassist Mikko Pellinen's first album as a leader. His ensemble, the Mini Big Band, features seven top young Finnish jazz musicians and the composer himself playing the double bass. Consisting of four horn players and a rhythm section, the group can achieve a sound similar to the big band but is also elastic enough to create intimate small group interaction.

As the name of the album predicts, the compositions on the record are highly original and interesting. They challenge the listener with extended forms and rich harmonic palette. At the same time the music is full of beautiful melodies and strong grooves. The ensemble creates a wide variety of sounds, ranging from lyrical moods to forceful group energy and the music offers a rich platform for the improvisational stylings of its strong soloists. Above all, unexplainable melancholy "Nordic" sound is evident throughout the record.

Record has a strong impact on the listener and the stunning musicians are interpreting Pellinen’s musical vision awesomely with their own personal voices. "Personal" is an unique album!


Mikko Pellinen; double bass, compositions
Janne Toivonen; trumpet, fluegelhorn
Jussi Kannaste; tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone (4), flute
Petteri Hietamäki; alto saxophone, soprano saxophone (2)
Kasperi Sarikoski; trombone
Joonas Haavisto; piano
Ville Pynssi; drums
Aarne Riikonen; percussion

All music written and arranged by Mikko Pellinen.

Recorded by Miikka Huttunen at Finnvox Studios / Mixed by Miikka Huttunen at Neomusic / Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers / Produced by Mikko Pellinen


Mikko Pellinen (b. 1983) is part of the new generation of jazz in Finland. He started his music studies with electric bass at age of ten. Soon after he became more and more interested in writing music and began to study composing. After high school he continued his studies in the pop & jazz department of Helsinki Polytechnic school Stadia (now known as Metropolia), graduating in 2008. At the time he is doing his Master's degree at the Sibelius-Academy Jazz Music Department, majoring in jazz composition. His composing teachers include Kari "Sonny" Heinilä and Jere Laukkanen among others. He has studied electric and double bass with for example Hannu Rantanen, Ari-Pekka Anttila, Ulf Krokfors and Ville Herrala.

As a composer his main focus is on his own group Mikko Pellinen Mini Big Band. Pellinen has also composed and arranged music for other jazz groups, theater, short movies and dance performances. Besides composing and arranging work Pellinen is also known as an versatile musician and conductor. Playing both electric and double bass he has performed with a broad range of different acts in Finland and abroad. His past and present work includes collaboration with jazz groups and artists (Maratone Quintet, Herd, Heads & Tales, Tribute to Ella, William Suvanne, Susanna Wahl), world music groups (Värttinä, Arosa Ensemble), orchestras & big bands (Keski-Pohjanmaan kamariorkesteri, Vaasan kaupunginorkesteri, Finnish Junior Allstars Big Band), pop groups (Anu Neuvonen) etc.

Pellinen has performed in major festivals and clubs in Finland. Besides Finland Pellinen has played in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Spain and Kosovo. He has also participated in master classes and workshops led by for example Rich Shemaria, Dick Oatts, Maria Schneider, Mark Soskin, Ingrid Jensen, Charles Tolliver, Johan Hörlen, Peter Asplund, Guillermo Klein, Severi Pyysalo, Jukkis Uotila and several others. He has participated in jazz contests in Finland; Young Nordic Jazz Comets 2009 (2nd prize with Herd) and Imatra Big Band Festival big band contest 2006 (1st prize with Stadia Big Band). As a member of Maratone Quintet, he performed in the final of International Getxo Jazz Competition 2010 in Spain. Pellinen was granted the Nokia "Young Talent" prize in 2007.



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