“Great musician, highly recommended”
Risto Nieminen – Director, Music Service Gulbenkian Foundation
“Pietila clearly shows why his prolific talent has his work revered by the masters of their craft. Karhea is a landmark release for one of the finest saxophone player that I have had the exception to hear.” – CriticalJazz, USA – Brent Black.
“Liberty Ship sailed to the European frontline – The music of Liberty Ship threw the group brightly into the crowd of one of the best European groups.”
– Helsingin Sanomat – Jukka Hauru
“Pietilä is a very powerful but also gentle saxophonist who can reach far out but first of all let all the capabilities of his fellow musicians unfold in this band. Great, incentive playing!” – All About Jazz – Henning Boltne .
Internationally acclaimed Finnish contemporary composer Kalevi Aho wrote a new tenor saxophone concerto dedicated to Esa Pietilä. Esa will do the premiere performance of the new concerto with two... Read more
Liberty Ship returns in spring 2015 with their second double album for Eclipse Music. After the undenieble artistic statement which was the 2013 debut ”Approaching”, the band continues to seek... Read more
Pietilä´s orchestral work “Graffiti Play” performed with Esa-Pekka Salonen & Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
“Graffiti Play”, a 40 minute orchestral piece composed by Esa Pietilä premieres its (world) First Performance in Helsinki oct. 5th 2014 with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen & Avanti!... Read more
Editor (The Guardian & Jazz Journal) and Jazz enthusiastic Wif Stenger has made his top 10 list of Finnish Jazz releases 2013-2014. We´re proud to announce that Liberty Ship´s... Read more
Liberty Ship Quartet´s album “APPROACHING” was voted as an “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”on category “Best new releases 2013″ by The New York City Jazz Record magazine. You... Read more
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From Soundcloud collections – “Esa Plays with Esa”