Teemu Takanen | Takatonic!

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by Teemu Takanen

The intense debut of finnish saxophone player Teemu Takanen. If you like groovy and experimental contemporary jazz this is what you're looking for!
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. S. Käpynen
5:45 album only
2. Mölli
6:18 album only
3. Se muisto
5:59 album only
4. Talvet haihtuu
6:39 album only
5. Työväen Blues
6:51 album only
6. Ruuhiveden valssi
4:35 album only
7. Kunnes taas tavattiin
7:03 album only
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Album Notes
"Emerging from the city of Savonlinna in the eastern part of Finland, saxophonist Teemu Takanen (b.1984) has quickly established himself as a name to watch out for.

In 2007, Takanen won the Finnish Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition with his group Apilas. He finished his studies at he Sibelius Academy's jazz department only last year, but already has been appointed as a regional artist by the Arts Council of South Savo. Now, while also being the leader of Savonlinna Big Band, Takanen has found time to record and release his debut solo album.

Takatonic! presents a quintet with three horns at the front: Jussi Kannaste on tenor, Kasperi Sarikoski on the trombone and Takanen himself on alto saxophone. The rhythm group consists of ever-inspiring drummer Joonas Riippa who is anchored by bassist Antti Lötjönen of The Five Corners Quintet fame.

The album is made up of seven original compositions by Takanen. The funky bebop of S. Käpynen and Työväen Blues make it hard to avoid involuntary nodding, whereas the slow-pace waltz of Ruuhiveden valssi is remindful of melancholic traditional Finnish music.

With intense performances from everyone involved and especially Takanen himself, Takatonic! is a well-crafted debut that hints at a succesful career for the young leader."

- Risto Nevanlinna / Finnish Music Quarterly 4/2010


Teemu Takanen, alto saxophone
Jussi Kannaste, tenor saxophone
Kasperi Sarikoski, trombone
Antti Lötjönen, bass
Joonas Riippa, drums

produced by Teemu Takanen
recorded at the Kallio-Kuninkala, Järvenpää, Finland on 10-12 of May 2009
engineered & mixed by Miikka Huttunen / Neomusic
mastered by Svante Forsbäck / Chartmakers
photographed & designed by Antti Suikkari / Fuzzy Little Company



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