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Alexi Tuomarila Trio: Seven Hills

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Make a note: Alexi Tuomarila is one of the next big deals on jazz piano. He is known mostly for the one album he made with Tomasz Stanko, 2009’s Dark Eyes on ECM. Stanko knows how to choose piano players. The two before Tuomarila were Bobo Stenson and Marcin Wasilewski; the one after was David Virelles.

Tuomarila is from Finland. So is the volatile drummer here, Olavi Louhivuori, who also played with Stanko. The strong, strategic bassist is Mats Eilertsen of Norway. Guitarist André Fernandes of Portugal makes a brief, memorable appearance.

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