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Yet another outstanding piano trio,
This review is from: Seven Hills (Audio CD)
I had the pleasure of hearing two of these musicians playing with Tomasz Stanko's "Dark Eyes" band a few years ago. That was a combo that seemed to have more mileage in it so it's great to hear at least two of the band doing new stuff together - leader Alexi Tuomarila on piano and Olavi Louhivuori on drums, accompanied by Mats Eilertsen on bass.
I generally reckon it's OK when the first track immediately pulls you into the album. That's true here - "Seven Hills" is a pretty straightforward tune with a melodic catch that just grabs your attention somehow. The tunes that follow are pretty easy listening if you're already a fan of, say, Marcin Wasilewski or the ECM style. There are no particular stand-outs, but just a lot of fine playing that hangs together as an album really nicely. The two slightly different tracks actually feature the album's recording engineer, Andre Fernandes, making it a quartet on guitar - and a good job he makes of it too. They could give some serious thought to making that a full-time band.
I've reviewed elsewhere that we live in something of a Golden Age for piano trios. Here is more proof if it were needed. If you already like that format, treat yourself to this. If you need an introduction to the form in one of its modern incarnations then you could do much worse than start off by giving this a listen. I'm looking forward to the next....