Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen, French organist Cédric Piromalli and Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg formed their trio in 2019. They recorded an acclaimed album released by Clean Feed in the Spring of 2021, but had no opportunities to perform concerts during the pandemic. Eventually, they will play for live audiences again during this Summer in their respective countries. They start with a five concerts serial as part of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival from July 1st to 6th. They make their debut in Finland on a five gigs tour starting on July 25th in Savonlinna and ending on July 30th at Jazz on the Beach festival in Raahe. In France, they are invited by Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre in Nantes on August 27th.

This is it! highly claim Innanen Pasborg Piromalli on the cover of their debut album published by Portuguese record label Clean Feed on April 2021.

But what is it? Innanen states: “We don’t know what that mysterious it is, but we are looking for it by all means possible.”

Innanen – Pasborg – Piromalli
Mikko Innanen alto, baritone, sopranino saxophones
Cédric Piromalli organ
Stefan Pasborg drums

This is it, indeed. The instrumentation of this album makes everyone curious. Saxophones (sopranino, alto and baritone) plus Hammond organ plus drums. The gathered names are another factor of special interest: Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen, French organist (also pianist) Cédric Piromalli and Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg, all of them coming from the first row of their respective scenes, and all of them with international careers, in collaboration with top musicians like Andrew Cyrille, Han Bennink, Andrew Barker, Joe Fonda, Lou Grassi, William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith (Innanen), Daniel Humair, Paul Lovens, Will Guthrie (Piromalli), John Tchicai, Ellery Eskelin, Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Stanko and Ray Anderson (Pasborg). The Hammond is key in the group sound, rooted in the history of this instrument in jazz (listen to the grooves and the solid swing of these compositions: amazing!), but also involving other influences, among them the one provided by progressive rock. The foundations and involvements created by the organ couldn’t be better suited to project the suggestive melodies and complex chord changes played by Innanen, and the intense, almost superhuman drumming of Pasborg. Mixing the past and the future results in this: fantastic music of the present.

Innanen – Pasborg – Piromalli  ::  Summer Tour 2022

DENMARK Copenhagen Jazz Festival
01/07  Copenhagen,  Søhesten
02/07  Copenhagen, JazzCup (2:30pm)
03/07  Copenhagen, Blågårds Apotek
04/07  Copenhagen, ILK 5e (8:00pm)
06/07  Copenhagen, SOLO SALON / H15

FINLAND press release in Finnish
25/07 Savonlinna, Kulttuurikellari / Olavin Jazz
27/07 Mänttä, Pub Kolo / Art Festival of Mänttä
28/07 Fiskars, Cafe Bar Pesula
29/07 Helsinki, Konepaja Biergarten
30/07 Raahe, Ruiskuhuone / Jazz on the Beach

27/08 Nantes, Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre

Tour Booking:
Vapaat äänet & Mikko Innanen Music / Finland
Wanbliprod / France
The tour is part of the French Nordic Jazz Transit international action of AJC

Written about the album

“When a Finn, a Dane, and a Frenchman take on the organ trio genre, expect it to be funky and supercool. And This is It is just that. It makes you want to blurt out “yeah baby!”
Mark Corroto / All About Jazz (USA)

“An album which breathes delight (…). Sizzling bursts of saxophone from Innanen, anchored by the hyper solid soul-jazz of Piromalli on the Hammond organ, energetic and exhilarating sequences of Pasborg on the drums.”
From Alice Leclercq – Jazz News (paper magazine, France)

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