JUKKA PERKO

Post Bop / Pop/Art Song/Folk / Post-Fusion Contemporary / Third Stream • Finland
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Saxophonist Jukka Perko (born 1968) was only a teenager when he played his way into the hearts of audiences in Pori Jazz Festival 1986. The following year he received an invitation to join the ranks of Dizzy Gillespie's 70th Anniversary Big Band on tour. These days the jazz rhythmics and free flow of ideas that define Perko's art come together with the heartbeat of traditional Finnish music from the powerful harmony of hymns to the tangos of Olavi Virta.

For Jukka Perko, music is existence. He learned to play as he learned to speak, by listening and mimicking. Perko approaches music from silence and describes his attitude towards playing and composing as balancing between perfectionism and coming to terms with incompleteness. That is perhaps the reason why his notes ring with what some might call grace.

STUDIES - Sibelius-Academy Jazz Department, Helsinki 1988-1995 - Music School of Huittinen 1981-1987

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JUKKA PERKO Portrait By Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Portrait By Heart
Post Bop 1989
JUKKA PERKO Perko-Pyysalo Poppoo & Vesa-Matti Loiri: Uuno Kailas album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Perko-Pyysalo Poppoo & Vesa-Matti Loiri: Uuno Kailas
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1995
JUKKA PERKO Jukka Perko & Hurmio-Orkesteri ‎: Music Of Olavi Virta album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jukka Perko & Hurmio-Orkesteri ‎: Music Of Olavi Virta
Post Bop 2000
JUKKA PERKO Jukka Perko / Virtuosi Di Kuhmo Dir. John Storgårds ‎: Kaanaanmaa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jukka Perko / Virtuosi Di Kuhmo Dir. John Storgårds ‎: Kaanaanmaa
Third Stream 2002
JUKKA PERKO Jukka Perko / Severi Pyysalo / Teemu Viinikainen ‎: Kuunnelmia album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jukka Perko / Severi Pyysalo / Teemu Viinikainen ‎: Kuunnelmia
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2004
JUKKA PERKO Jukka Perko & Mikko Kuustonen : Profeetta album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jukka Perko & Mikko Kuustonen : Profeetta
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2008
JUKKA PERKO Streamline Jazztet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Streamline Jazztet
Post Bop 2012
JUKKA PERKO Jukka Perko & Johanna Iivanainen ‎: Martan Ja Rudolfin Joulu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jukka Perko & Johanna Iivanainen ‎: Martan Ja Rudolfin Joulu
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2013
JUKKA PERKO Perko & Rantala: It Takes Two To Tango album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Perko & Rantala: It Takes Two To Tango
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2015
JUKKA PERKO Invisible Man album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Invisible Man
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2016
JUKKA PERKO Jukka Perko Tritone : Dizzy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jukka Perko Tritone : Dizzy
Post Bop 2017

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JUKKA PERKO Retrospective album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Retrospective
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2006

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JUKKA PERKO Jukka Perko & Mikko Kuustonen : Profeetta

Album · 2008 · Pop/Art Song/Folk
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Again I review an album rooted on the writings of Lebanon-born Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931). Both are Finnish works witnessing a collaboration between a jazz musician and a vocalist who's not exactly connected to the jazz genre; the first one was by pianist and composer Olli Ahvenlahti (b. 1949) and actor-singer Vesa-Matti Loiri.

Saxophonist Jukka Perko (b. 1968) is among the best known Finnish jazz musicians of his generation. His large discography contains several collaborative works, including a poem-based album sung by the mentioned Loiri -- which I'll review some day. This Gibran themed album is undoubtedly one of the least jazz-oriented albums Perko has co-composed. It is thoughtful, serene Vocal Music with an emphasis on the meaningful lyrics. Composing credits are shared by Perko, vocalist Kuustonen and guitarist Timo Kämäräinen, who is equally at home in jazz and rock.

Mikko Kuustonen (b. 1960) is a renowned pop/rock-oriented singer-songwriter whose musical past includes blues-rock and gospel. One can sense some gospel-reminding spirit here, which is understandable due to the "Prophetic" essence of Gibran's poetry. The arrangements are sensitive with a minimum amount of a rocking edge, only the rhythm section accompanying saxes and guitars. Kuustonen's warm barytone voice carries the lyrics with heartfelt depth.

Now, if my words make you think this is a very SONG based, vocal oriented album, I wish to point out that the music has a lot of space and nuances created by the playing, which is not there for merely backing the vocalist. And besides that, there's not much of the tight chorus-refrain structure. Instead it all flows beautifully. If the vocals were replaced by instruments, this could function as a slightly New Agey instrumental album for relaxating and introspective listening.

I'm not going through the eleven tracks in detail. The entire album works very well for a listener who appreciates introspective thoughtfulness. Understanding of Finnish is of course needed for full artistic reception.

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