Album info



Label: Ozella

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Contemporary Jazz

Artist: Aapo Heinonen Quintet

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • 1Way Out South08:30
  • 2Tara10:08
  • 3Open Water 07:23
  • 4The Truth Of Another10:20
  • 5And Then I Missed Her Again06:04
  • 6Unreachable 07:36
  • 7Summer Of Serenity 07:18
  • 8Solace 05:15
  • Total Runtime01:02:34

Info for Tara

For his third record, Aapo Heinonen has created a refreshingly unique sound, a relaxed whirlwind of fusion-grooves, Latin swing and modal-jazz-melodies – all embedded into stimulatingly complex arrangements.

For music to really get exciting, Aapo Heinonen is convinced, you need to be fearless. Tara sees him at his most courageous. For his third record, the Finnish keyboard virtuoso has created a refreshingly unique sound, a relaxed whirlwind of fusion-grooves, Latin swing and modal-jazz-melodies – all embedded into stimulatingly complex arrangements. The album still displays Heinonen's recognizable sensual charm. But it feels a lot more cinematic and ambitious than any of his previous offerings. Heinonen admits he had doubts whether he was ready for these incisive changes. But true to his convictions, he never let that stop him.

To arrive at this point, Heinonen has completely turned his quintet upside down. Drummer Tomi Saikkonen is the only remainder of the original line-up which already recorded two stunning albums filled with soulful 70s-references. Whereas these were built around the concept of a 'five man big band', the new material conversely expands far more intimate material to a quintet setting. Recorded on a single hot Summer weekend and under the hallucinatory influence of a flu infection, Tara sports a dense, intoxicating sound, offering plenty of freedom to all participants.

Take Héctor Lepe's guitar solo on "The Truth of Another", for example. Rising from a hypnotic backing track, it lifts into dreamlike spheres resonating with the blues, progressive rock and cosmic jazz. The other pieces, too, draw similarly exciting effects from the familiar tropes of theme, solo and variation, engaging in a perpetual ebb and tide of light and shadow, tension and release. And as if that weren't enough, the band add even more color to their palette on the ten-minute title track with the inclusion of additional percussion and violin. As with some of the other cuts, the piece was originally written for a different group, lending an air of subtle suspense to the quintet version.

Heinonen is the first to admit that these radical changes could just as well have backfired on him. But he had to see them through at any cost: "The important thing is to eliminate your doubts. There's only one thing I'd consider as a failure: To not even try."

Aapo Heinonen, piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards
Teemu Takanen, alto & soprano saxophones
Vesa Ojaniemi, acoustic & electric bass
Tomi Saikkonen, drums
Héctor Lepe, electric guitar

Aapo Heinonen Quintet
is a melodically swinging and open-minded jazz group that combines on stage with a unique way the best qualities of an ensemble and an orchestra. Structurally the compositions are made more for a big band than for a jazz ensemble, but still there is lots of room for improvisation and communication. From the compositions you can find lots of influences from jazz, latin, fusion, world music and film music. Aapo Heinonen is in charge of the compositions of the group but the arrangements are done in a close cooperation with the band.

The group has played together since Summer of 2009. Presence Records released group's debut album "A Daydream Between Nightmares" in 2010 that got a warm welcome from both the audience and the experts on the field. The second album of the band, "Healing Flows", was released in the beginning of 2013.

Booklet for Tara

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