Jazz Musician of the Year 2016 awarded saxophonist Esa Pietilä leads his quartet Liberty Ship to the waters of free improvisation again.
The renewed Liberty Ship consists of a Finnish-Norwegian crew. Two top Norwegian jazz musicians, pianist Håvard Wiik and bassist Ole Morten Vågan brought superb new flow and energy to the sessions. The drumming of Olavi Louhivuori here is stunning and creative as always and Esa’s horn sounds strongly more diverse in ideas and timbre than ever before. The result of these recordings, Signal Horn, is even more intense in integrity than the groups previous albums, and its newborn sound leads the quartet towards uncharted waters.
Liberty Ship debuted its new music recently at Nordic Music Days 2018.
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 uncharted waters of creative expression in contemporary jazz music.
The Wide Open Suite & Noises At Sea, a bold double album: one acoustic CD, one electric, on which their music is adventurous, mysterious, creative and unpredictable.
The album was premiered at a Concert at Koko Jazz Club, Helsinki, Finland 1.3.2015 and it ail be in shops on 20th of march.
Liberty Ship, formed in 2012, navigates the deep waters of free jazz and improvised music in constant pursuit of liberated self-expression. Acclaimed saxophonist and composer Esa Pietilä leads this all-star quartet of accomplished Finnish jazz musicians, pushing each musician to the boundaries of their creative ability. According to the reviews, authors, Liberty Ship is without a doubt one of the most exciting and adventurous projects to emerge from the booming Finnish jazz scene
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 can check it out (jan. 2014 issue, page 26) at: nycjazzrecord.com
Wif Stenger (The Guardian & Jazz Journal) also lists “Approaching” in his top 10 Finnish albums released in 2013 – 2014.