Lit­tle Blue Cam Jazz ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS SHUFFLE - COR­MAC LARKIN

Lit­tle Blue is a side project from two mem­bers of Big Blue, the Fin­nish quar­tet that have won ad­mir­ers in re­cent years for their beau­ti­fully aus­tere Scan­di­na­vian folk-jazz. Giv­ing the rhythm sec­tion the day off, trum­peter Jorma Kalevi Louhivouri and pi­anist Antti Kujanpää have not tried to fill in the gaps – rather, they revel in the deep­en­ing si­lence. Too much is made of the so-called Scan­di­na­vian sound, as if cli­mate and land­scape were solely re­spon­si­ble for the lonely sound of mu­si­cians like Jan Gar­barek , but there is no doubt that a cer­tain Nordic melan­choly per­vades much of the mu­sic from the far north of Europe. Yet there is also warmth in Lit­tle Blue that de­scends as much from Keith Jar­rett and from Kenny Wheeler, whose sublime Open­ing is the soli­tary cover. Cold hands, warm heart.

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