芬蘭現今最傑出的爵士三重奏之一(Kari Ikonen Trio)
Fighting darkness with mystic harmonies and swinging rhythms
Kari Ikonen has entered the major league of the piano-trio-format
Finland is not exactly a country known for its joie de vivre. Instead, most of its citizens tend to hold a somewhat pessimistic perspective on life - musicians included. Pianist Kari Ikonen, however, is a notable exception to this rule. Preferring light to darkness, the luminous, vivid sounds and upbeat songs of his aptly titled album Bright are an empathetic counterpoint to the prevailing doom and gloom. A collaboration with double bassist Ara Yaralyan and drummer Markku Ounaskaris, Bright fuses some of the tastiest ingredients of European jazz-cuisine with filleted afro-american influences and spicy transoriental vibes, taking the classic jazz piano trio into remarkable new directions.