Esa Pietilä is a man of many hooks. Furthermore his style of spicing is not limited to soloing. He seems to throw all kinds of herbs in the pot already in the composition process. By following this formula the man manages to make the music not only thematically interesting, but also highly contagious. The sound of his sax is sturdy, his technique well honed and his soloing filled with original stories to tell. The album also contains an element of surprise. Pietilä plays the soprano saxophone with wondrous joy and gusto. Pietilä manages to invoke such warmth and beauty from his horn – even in the most up-tempo runs – that we can easily forget the usual moans and groans so often linked with this instrument.

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