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Born: December 14, 1972    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Jussi Lampela

Majoring in electric guitar, has studied in Musicians Institute (Los Angeles, US), Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Stockholm, Sweden) and Sibelius-Academy jazz department (Helsinki, Finland). Also studies in music composition.
As a freelance musician in many of the best Finnish groups, including:
UMO Jazz Orchestra, Jean S, Markku Johansson group, Sinfonia Lahti, Kuopio City Orchestra, Helsinki Police Band and also major festivals, for example April Jazz, Lahti Jazztori, Kerava Jazz, Imatra Big Band Festival, Jyväskylä Summer Jazz, Ylläsjazz, Pori Jazz and Kaamosjazz.
Performances with leading Finnish musicians and singers, including Emma Salokoski, Johanna Iivanainen, Jenny Robson, Maria Ylipää, Sami Pitkämö, Sami Saari, Marzi Nyman ja Jukka Perko...
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From the Tokyo Jazz Notes-blog:




The latest release in the now legendary Finnish label Ricky-Tick sees trumpeter Jukka Eskola team up with composer and arranger Jussi Lampela on a project unlike anything the label have put out before. Taking inspiration from the classic collaboration between Miles Davis and Gil Evans for the landmark Birth of the Cool album, Jussi Lampela has written a series of compositions for a nine-piece band led by Jukka Eskola that bring the cool jazz idiom right into the twenty-first century.

The opening tune Half Lament starts with bowed bass and the some atmospheric brass backing that makes way to a plaintive piano riff over which Eskola delivers a flawless trumpet performance that recalls the high points of the Sketches of Spain album. It's a truly stunning performance that really makes you sit up and concentrate and is definitely one of the most impressive pieces of music of the year to date.

Afternoon in Central Park is an altogether more upbeat piece, with the horn section workin' melodies that interweave to create a great harmony over which Eskola leads with the main riff and solos. While the liner notes play up the Davis-Evans influence, clearly evident on the opener, this second tune, like a couple of others on the album, also at times recalls the arrangements of the Clarke-Boland Big Band.

Way Ahead is a more laid back piece with a walking bassline and some great soloing on piano and trumpet, while with Drivin' And Cruisin' the tempo picks up once more with the brass section again cookin' up some amazing harmonies. Next up Yardpost is another laid back number which allows baritone player Timo Lassy some room to show what he can do in a wonderful solo mid-tune.

Strollin' is another track in the Clarke-Boland mould with some superb piano work form Jukkis Uotila, and is definitely one of the high points on the album. Together We Went is like a carefree stroll in the park in the autumn and features a bass solo from Ville Herrala, and the uplifting mood is maintained in The Different Angle. The Right Nighttime is an atmospheric late night tune perfect for relaxin' to with a drink or a loved one, with more virtuoso trumpet from Eskola and a rather tasty trombone solo from Antti Rissanen.

Those lucky enough to get hold of the Japanese edition will have the benefit of the bonus track Easy Up and Over, a steamin' uptempo toe-tapping number that will leave you all smiles and reaching for the repeat button.

A classy album featuring some really cool compositions, Lampela x Eskola is a bold and yet important statement proving that there is still a place for high quality music that may not translate into instant sales. Highly recommended.

"Lampela x Eskola"

is a new release from Ricky-Tick records, featuring trumpeter Jukka Eskola with a nine-piece ensemble. Music is composed and arranged by Jussi Lampela. The album presents trumpeter Eskola in a strong soloistic role. The ensemble´s instrumentation is identical with the classic Miles Davis/Gil Evans ”Birth of the Cool”-recordings, which gave way for the entire cool jazz-movement in the end of the 1940´s.

”Lampela meets Eskola” is aurally close to the cool jazz-esthetic, while bringing additional influences from a multitude of sources. One can also hear influences from the classical music, the polyphonic writing reminds at times that of a (swinging!) chamber music ensemble.

The musicians are the very best of the finnish jazz scene, featuring for example Jukkis Uotila (also known for his work as a drummer, this time on the piano), trombonist Antti Rissanen and baritone saxophonist Timo Lassy (also a Ricky-Tick recording artist).

Record release is in Sep 2010. Along with a CD–release there will be a special vinyl-EP available later on.


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From the liner notes:

Miles Davis & Gil Evans opened the door for good in the late 40’s......some 60 years after, guitarist turned arranger Jussi Lampela from Finland decides to take up the ruins and transports the cool sounds into the 20th century with his star trumpet soloist Jukka Eskola. The setting was challenging to say the least, but the composer and his crew attacked the task with gusto and the results can be heard here. Pretty melodic lines with intricate harmonies arranged for the traditional 50’s cool jazz instrumentation with occasional hot injections of groove and burning up-tempo swing

...And incredibly throughout the whole process Mr. Lampela, Direttore d’orchestra, was able to stay cool and patient and made sure we all sounded decent. Great music, Jussi! A real pleasure!

Jukkis Uotila
Professor of jazz studies, Sibelius-Academy


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Primary Instrument:
Composer/conductor

Location:
Helsinki

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Teaching the electric guitar in Finland´s top-level schools: Sibelius-Academy jazz department, Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia pop/jazz-department and other various schools around Finland. Over 10 years experience on teaching all levels, from beginner to advanced, with a preference to teach advanced-level students. Currently fully employed, will consider taking more if the offer is really good! I have a master´s degree in jazzmusic from Sibelius-Academy, and I have graduated with vocational honors from Musicians´ Institute, Los Angeles (Guitar Institute of Technology).

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