Saxophonist Timo Lassy has cemented his position at the helm of the burgeoning Finnish jazz scene. Gearing up for the release of his third solo album, Lassy has steadily been building his reputation and now it seems that the big time is here for the sax man. Live, the Timo Lassy Band is a scorching five-piece consisting of Finnish jazz A-listers transforming the band leader’s soulful jazz vision into a full-scale rhythm-fest.
Timo Lassy, born in 1974, has worked at the forefront of swinging contemporary jazz for already more than a decade. An alumni of Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy with complimentary studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Lassy masters the tenor and baritone saxes plus the flute with a distinctly personal and sufficiently muscular touch. His sonic handwriting displaying both power and delicacy is time and again in demand by leading artists in the Helsinki scene and also internationally.
Lassy debuted as a solo artist in 2007 with the LP “The Soul & Jazz of Timo Lassy”, released by Helsinki’s influential Ricky-Tick Records. The album’s fresh vision of soul jazz soon secured Lassy a steady international following, also connected to his previous inspired as a member of The Five Corners Quintet, the U-Street All Stars, Teddy Rok Seven, plus the ensemble’s of multitalented Finnish innovator Jimi Tenor and the Italian jazz don, Nicola Conte. Lately, Lassy has also become an essential part of the live incarnation of Finnish soul sensation Jo Stace, represented by the production company We Jazz Ltd, co-owned by Lassy.
The second Lassy LP, “Round Two”, saw him collaborating with the US jazz vocalist José James, and the album skyrocketed the sax man into a veritable scene stalwart among the Finnish jazz aficionados and beyond. Moving into the new Timo Lassy release, “In With Lassy”, released by Milan’s Schema label, Timo Lassy epitomizes the successful adaptation of the tradition of modern jazz and molding it into a brand of jazz music highly relevant relevant as of now.
01. Teddy The Sweeper
02. Shootin’ Dice
03. Where’s The Man?
04. Touch Red
05. It Could Be Better
06. Creole Stew
07. Uncle Harry Came To Town
08. The Good Life
The album Timo Lassy “In With Lassy” (Schema) is going to be released November 9, 2012.