An alienating, evocative, liquid sound: the electronically filtered trumpet in “Waves” opens the new work of Sun Trio, the third CD released on CAM JAZZ after Time Is Now and Dreams Are True. The Finnish trio confirms itself as an avid experimenter of sounds, between beautiful moments of calmness and suspension, typical of Nordic jazz, and incursions of intriguing, magnetic rhythms. Jorma Kalevi Louhivuori, on trumpet, composed most of the pieces, well-backed by his drummer brother, Olavi (having made his mark in a Scandinavian trio with Claudio Filippini and Palle Danielsson) and Antti Lötjönen on bass. “Dark Forest” is an obsessive rhythm of drums, sporadic strokes of double bass and electronic digressions of a sometimes unrecognizable trumpet. “Travelling” brings us back to more classical jazz, while “Narrow Mind” explores new territories of experimentation, such as the guitar-like nuances of the trumpet, with the skilful use of the wah-wah. A slight uneasiness runs through all seven minutes of “Unknown”, then giving way to the first composition by Olavi, the exotic “Soleil d’Afrique”. The airy melody of title track “In The Dreamworld”, creates an intriguing contrast to the next track, “Old Devil’s Boogie”, a piece by the drummer, hinting at the world of Don Cherry, the guru of all trumpeters who want to venture into free jazz, in a trio, for example. “Sightseeing” may be the theme recovery of “Travelling”, while “Sunson” is Lötjönen’s contribution to the compositions of the trio. “Little One”, in name and fact, and “Searching For Your Path” are conclusions to an extremely interesting work, made of instinct and rarefied atmospheres, creative impetus and hypnotic musical interlocks. With the rhythm section building pathways for Jorma Kalevi Louhivuori to improvise as he pleases.
Recorded in Helsinki on 3 - 6 February 2014 at Villa Lill Kalvik - Recording engineer Abdissa Assefa
Mixed in Helsinki on 24, 25 February 2014 at Studio Kekkonen - Mixing engineer Mikko Raita
Photos by Andrea Boccalini
Liner notes by Thomas Conrad