Kuva/ Photo: Kerttu Malinen
Gourmet is a Finnish sextet currently playing material from their latest album En Garde, released in May 2018. Besides the composers, saxophonist Mikko Innanen and guitarist Esa Onttonen, the band is formed by trombonist Ilmari Pohjola, accordeonist Veli Kujala, drummer Mika Kallio and tubist Petri Keskitalo.
Their earlier album Cosmopolitan Sideshow, released in November 2011, and the accompanying tour received superb reviews, including quotes like “Gourmet is currently the most proficient and at the same time the most entertaining Finnish jazz group” (Kansan Uutiset) and five-star reviews from Helsingin Sanomat (the largest Finnish daily newspaper) and Soundi magazine. It also received an Emma Award nomination in the Jazz Album of the Year category.