Jouni Järvelä: Enkelin Kannel
Jouni Järvelä (soprano sax, alto sax, C-melody saxophone)
Jarmo Saari (electric and acoustic guitars); Lasse Lindgren (bass), Marko Timonen (drums).
Recorded: Järvenpää, Finland, January 1999,
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Järvelä joined the UMO Jazz Orchestra (funded by the Finnish government) as a teenager, a considerable achievement for one so young, and promptly distinguished himself as a leading solo voice. With his own band he lets his cultural heritage wash over him, and on “Enkelin Kannel,” his solo on soprano saxophone is surely one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, improvisations of the last two decades. Like a wild bird taking flight it soars effortless above the ensemble, its aesthetically pleasing symmetry and melodic construction using the rising line to dramatic and profound effect. A delight in an era where rote, pattern-based improvising has become the norm.
Reviewer: Stuart Nicholson