Jukka Perko Tritone Dizzy
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Alto sax man Jukka Perko, one of Finland’s leading jazz artists, presents a new project Tritone, where he joins forces with the dynamic rhythm section of Antti Lötjönen and Teppo “Teddy Rok” Mäkynen (who have appeared together in projects such as Teddy’s West Coasters, The Five Corners Quintet, Timo Lassy Band, Verneri Pohjola Quartet, etc.). Perko, once a member of the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, has put together a set of tunes made famous by Dizzy for the re-evaluation by the highly talented trio. The time is right now: Dizzy’s 100th anniversary, 30 years since the alto sax player, back then a teenage sensation, shared the stages with the likes of Sam Rivers, Jerry Dodgion, Jon Faddis, and of course Dizzy himself.
The results are stunning. On “Dizzy”, Jukka Perko Tritone showcases what small group jazz sounds like at its best. The group breathes the music naturally, taking cues from each other to expand the compositions onto a new level, their own personal music. The tracks brim with innovation and the sheer joy of playing.
As Perko himself put it: “It’s not about what Dizzy’s music means to us, but rather what we can bring to it. We’re adding our own piece onto the mosaic which makes up modern jazz.”