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The Five Corners Quintet

The Five Corners Quintet

The Five Corners Quintet is a Helsinki-based groovejazz band that gains lots of influences from the 60's soulful jazz music. The band was originally a studioproject of a producer-drummer Tuomas Kallio and DJ Antti Eerikäinen but later on a line-up was formed around the project which recorded also the two studioalbums, the livealbum in Japan called Jazz Heat, Bongo Beat! – The Helsinki Sessions and five singles/ep-records. In 2003 based project has taken the band to perform around the world in Europe, Asia and United States.

In 2005, The Five Corners Quintet took the international dancefloor jazz scene by a storm. “Chasin’ the Jazz Gone By”, their debut for Ricky-Tick Records, a label that was initially conceived of as a vehicle for releasing the very first TFCQ vinyl single, proved out to be both an artistic and a commercial success story. For once and for all, the album proved that it is possible to look back while moving forward. The touch of producer-composer Tuomas Kallio was true to the golden era of modern jazz, and his vision in updating form rather than feeling resulted in music that is truly “postmodern jazz”, if there ever was some.

Three years, some 50 000 sold records, and 100+ international gigs later, The Five Corners Quintet set to return with their sophomore effort. The album was entitled “Hot Corner”, and everything about it indicated that the scene-leading Finnish ensemble isn’t going to settle for re-doing their debut album. Rather, theirs will be the task of taking 2000 Century dancefloor jazz into another level.

The enormously successful live band consisting of Teppo Mäkynen (drums/bandleader), Timo Lassy (sax), Jukka Eskola (trumpet), Mikael Jakobsson (piano), and Antti Lötjönen (double bass), also remains. On “Hot Corner”, however, the band takes a larger role in comparison to the first album. Tuomas Kallio is the “commander-in-chief” once again, but there’s a stronger sense of community also in the studio.

However, in 2010 this highly successful band announced to have a break. Tuomas Kallio has also announced that there are no plans that he would be making new albums for the band in the future.