Rewarded saxophonist Jari Perkiömäki presents his new ensemble Organic Baritone Quartet along their same name debut album. The swinging quartet, led by jazz doctor Perkiömäki, builds up of influential musicians of Finnish jazz field; guitarist Sami Linna, Hammond-organist Mikko Helevä and drummer Heikki Sandrèn.
Formed in 2013, the concept of Organic Baritone Quartet was inspired by legendary jazz guitarist George Benson’s ensemble, in which baritone saxophone reinforces the traditional organ trio. Benson’s pieces are featured in the quartet’s live repertoire, even though the new album consists of compositions written by Perkiömäki and Helevä.
– The ensemble is quite rare these days because of the Hammond organs and the baritone saxophone and my own interest in this kind of sound had a strong influence on forming the band, Perkiömäki states. – As a saxophonist, I have lately become more and more inspired by the soloistic use of baritone saxophone. The sound of the baritone is well brought up as our music is based on the boogaloo and R&B spirit of the 1960’s, not forgetting the element of jazz.