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B Ig Blue FIN for website
B Ig Blue FIN for website

The Finns have been present at every edition of 12 Points, always offering something stylish, and Porto 2012 is no exception. Big Blue might be a new name on their domestic scene, but the four musicians involved have already amassed a considerable collective resume. Trumpeter Kalevi Louhivori came to prominence with Sun Trio in the mid noughties, and is signed to Blue Note Finland. Pianist Antti Kujanpää is a member of cinematically indebted Auteur Jazz, bassist Jori Huhtala is a regular with leading artists like Raoul Björkenheim and drummer Joonas Leppänen features in a plethora of eye catching Finnish groups. The sum of these collective parts is very convincing, with beautiful use of space and dynamics over taut rhythmic structures, with an unforced dialogue that builds to big finishes. Their debut CD Big Blue is just off the presses from forward looking Italian label Cam Jazz.

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