Kuva: Carl Bergman
This fine post-bop quintet led by trumpetist and composer Martti Vesala just released their second album. The traditional but modern five-piece consists of young Finnish top musicians: saxophonist Petri Puolitaival, pianist Joonas Haavisto, bassist Juho Kivivuori and drummer Ville Pynssi.
Their most important influences include the dynamic groove of Miles Davis' 1960's quintet, experimental American jazz of the same era and saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter's elegant tonal language.
Signed to the prestigious german label Ozella Music, the Quintet has released two albums: "Helsinki Soundpost" in November 2016 ja "Stars Aligned" in May 2018.
"The spirit of Miles Davis' '60 quintet is recalled in a smart, creative set of originals by Finnish trumpeter Martti Vesala on 'Helsinki Soundpost'." - John Ephland, DownBeat October 2017
"Taking 1960s Blue Note Records post-bop as a model, Finland's Martti Vesala Soundpost Quintet excels at sophisticated acoustic interplay." - Howard Mandel, DownBeat October 2018
Martti Vesala Soundpost Quintet has performed extensively in Finland, for example on a tour produced by the Finnish Jazz Federation in January-February 2017, Pori Jazz -festivals (2016 & 2018) and Tampere Jazz Happening 2018 -festival.