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Teemu Viinikainen: Tales of Robert Dickinson

In his debut as a leader, Finnish guitarist Teemu Viinikainen and his regular trio of Timo Hirvonen on electric bass and Jussi Lehtonen on drums encounter American trumpeter Tim Hagans for a session of adventurous originals and freewheeling group-improv numbers. Viinikainen, a prominent figure on Helsinki’s jazz scene as a member of the U-Street All Stars, is a fearless improviser and fluent player who uses guitar effects creatively, as he demonstrates throughout the daring, three-part “Sneaking” suite and also on Hagans’ darkly angular “Space Dozen.”

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