Timo Lassy Trio

Wednesday 30th March 2022
Date: Wednesday 30th March Ticket Prices: £25.00 - £40.00
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Wednesday 30th March 2022

Doors open time

First House
17:30

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£25.00 - £40.00

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Timo Lassy Trio

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Line-up: TIMO LASSY tenorsax, VILLE HERRALA bass, JASKA LUKKARINEN drums

Timo Lassy plays the saxophone like he means it. Listen to him, and you hear someone fully dedicated to his art, no matter what the context. Timo is the winner of the EMMA and Yrjö prizes in Finland for jazz album of the year and jazz musician of the year, respectively. Additionally, his work has been lauded by the likes of Gilles Peterson and Downbeat.

The newest musical adventure by Timo Lassy is "Trio”, released by We Jazz Records in August 2021. The trio mentioned on the title is a new one, featuring Ville Herrala on double bass and Jaska Lukkarinen on drums. On the album Lassy expands the sound of his core unit by inviting strings and electronics along for the ride. The live thing brings out the essence of the band at the center of it all (hence the album title), and stands as a testament to the eternal joy of creating music together, live on stage. Lassy's riff-heavy new compositions take things in a new direction, into one where heavy funk, effortlessly rolling soul jazz and forward-reaching acoustic jazz meet. Their recipe may seem simple on the surface level but for anyone who has tried, there's no harder task in jazz music than to establish a unit which sounds together and maintains its musical direction at all times, however surprising the music might get on the moment. So go on, lend these three guys from Finland your ear, you will congratulate yourself on the choice afterwards.

"A masterpiece" – Der Spiegel

★★★★★ – Helsingin Sanomat

"An epic trio album." – DownBeat

"Solid, hard swinging stuff that leaves the listener with a feel-good factor.” – Jazzwise

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Timo Lassy plays the saxophone like he means it. Listen to him, and you hear someone fully dedicated to his art, no matter what the context. Despite being a fixture earlier on Downbeat Magazine polls for Rising Star on the baritone saxophone section, he nowadays plays the tenor. That being said, on previous recordings he has also been heard on the flute, but to understand Lassy as an artist, his recent concentration on the tenor is a key thing. He goes deep.

For those paying attention to the jazz scene in Helsinki at the turn of the millennium, the chances are that you first heard him on the ranks of the Blue Note recording U-Street All Stars, or perhaps The Five Corners Quintet, the Nuspirit Helsinki led jazz project which morphed into a live band setting stages on fire the world over.

In 2007 Lassy released his debut album, ‘The Soul & Jazz Of Timo Lassy’, on Helsinki’s lauded Ricky-Tick Records, the label also behind The Five Corners Quintet. The album, along with its lead single ”African Rumble”, quickly established Lassy a name to be reckoned with as a solo artist, especially among those with a taste for some latin-tinged soul jazz. It was essentially club music, featured on their sets and radio shows by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Paul Murphy, Jazzanova and Motor City Drum Ensemble, to mention but a few.

At the same time, it was clear from the get-go that Lassy doesn’t make ”just” club sounds. This wasn’t ”nujazz”, but the real deal with some of Finland’s top young guns circulating in and out of his band formations, and compositions that went way beyond their club functionality. The music is 3D, not tied to a specific era. Lassy’s setup was based around the music he loves and calls home: mid-60’s styled soul jazz with a touch of boogaloo sensibility. That is just the starting point, though.

More albums followed, the band took shape. José James featured on ”Round Two” (2009, Ricky- Tick Records). The Timo Lassy Band became a beyond solid live act, charming audiences and throwing them into a frenzy with their gritty gigs. Timo on tenor, Georgios Kontrafouris on piano/ wurlitzer, Antti Lötjönen on double bass, Teppo Mäkynen on drums and Abdissa ”Mamba” Assefa on percussion. This is the ”classic lineup” that has sold out venues such as the 1.500 capacity Helsinki Festival tent ”Huvila” and Savoy Theatre in his hometown Helsinki, and trekked the world over.

After Ricky-Tick ceased operations, Lassy’s music was released by Italy’s Schema and Membran/ MustHaveJazz based in Germany. His band formations started evolving. On the records, there’s an extended version of his working band (”Moves” Membran, 2019), big band work (”Timo Lassy & Ricy-Tick Big Band Brass” Membran, 2020) and a duo (”Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen” We Jazz Records, 2019 & 2021). He’s shuffling the deck to find new modes of expression.

A side note on awards: ”Moves” was awarded the ”Jazz Album of the Year” with the EMMA prize in Finland, the Finnish Jazz Federation awarded its main accolade ”Yrjö” to Lassy in 2020, and Gilles Peterson shortlisted ”Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen” for his Worldwide Awards ”Jazz Album of the Year” in 2020.

Meanwhile, the music is moving forward. Lassy, for some years now splitting his time between Helsinki and the more benign climate of Rovijn, Croatia, is on the lookout for new connections and inspirations. His tenor sound is readily recognisable from its robust quality and his often riff-like, catchy phrasing. But more often than before, you can hear him experiment with his music and playing, as well. There’s a new depth of expression constantly developing, and that goes for both his playing and composing.

 


Date: Wednesday 30th March Ticket Prices: £25.00 - £40.00
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