Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Saxophonist Olli-Pikka Tuomisalo studied at the Sibelius Academy and was the first saxophonist to receive a Doctor of Music degree from that institution. His nearly 100 concerto performances have included works written primarily by Finnish composers. This recording reflects his love of his musical roots with light orchestral music and the hauntingly beautiful themes of Duke Ellington.
American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Tuomisalo has a flexible timbre, expressive vibrato, graceful phrasing, and decent fingers but his sound loses clarity above a mezzoforte, and his articulation is sometimes labored, as if he places too much tongue on the reed. His supporting cast, by contrast, is a masterly assembly of seasoned professionals. The orchestra plays with great skill, color, and energy; and his rhythm section in the Ellington selections consists of experienced jazz musicians with exquisite touch and taste.
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