Klaus Suonsarri, Niels-Henning Orsted & Niels Lan Doky - Play The Music Of Tom Harrell
All Music Guide
========= from the cover ==========
Klaus Suonsaari is a perfect example of how thoroughly jazz music has become an international institution. Born in Finland, into a musical family that had a lot of jazz records, Klaus began piano lessons at age six and had settled into his drum kit by fourteen. Soon afterward, he began his formal music study in Finland which continued through the years to include training in symphonic percussion at the Eastman School Of Music in Rochester, New York and at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston.
Suonsaari came to live in New York City in 1985, which is when we met. Over the years this bespectacled young musician has played with the likes of such giants as Junior Cook, Tom Harrell, Pepper Adams, Bob Berg among so many others. He has led various sized ensembles in a host of New York venues such as the Blue Note and Sweet Basil's and has blossomed quite handsomely into a rather skilled composer and arranger. This writer has had more than one occasion to perform with him and I have seen the continued growth in every facet of this man's musical personality. Klaus Suonsaari is one musician for whom swing is a basic criterion for any musical project. He is one of the hardest working / practicing musicians I have ever met.
Klaus and Tom Harrell also started working together in 1985. Tom appears, as I do, on Klaus' 1988 debut album for Storyville Records "Reflecting Times" which also showcases Suonsaari's composing and arranging talents. This recording of Tom Harrell compositions came about through Klaus' continued exposure to Tom's music. Only now are many in the jazz community aware of Tom's beautiful compositions, something some of us were hip to over twenty years ago. His music is very contagious. When this project was proposed Tom wanted to arrange his compositions specifically for this trio. The results are now in your hands. I think it is safe to say that this music speaks directly without needing any more words from me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
- Ray Drummond (Teaneck, NJ)