Endorsed by the legendary Leland Sklar, Finnish fusion bassist Jukka Haavisto releases debut album

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Friday, November 25, 2022

Electric bass player Jukka Haavisto's first self-titled album 'Reflections' is out today, November 25th 2022. Recorded live at Latosound in Tampere (Finland), the album brings back thoughts to the best fusion jazz records of the 70's. Catchy compositions, skillful playing and the energy of young virtuosos create an irresistible combination for all fans of electric jazz.

Jukka Haavisto - fretless bass and compositions
Johannes Granroth - guitar
Severi Sorjonen - drums
Vili Itäpelto - rhodes and synths
Haavisto is known as a master of fretless bass, a composer of jazz fusion and world music fusion, and a skilled improviser. He describes Reflections as a guitar-driven album that pays tribute to the best fusion jazz records of the 1970s.

Jukka Haavisto is a virtuoso bass player who has done extensive work both in the studio and as a live musician. In addition to his own band he plays and performs with many different artists and ensembles. Among these, e.g. Jukka Haavisto Trio, Bossapoika, Beat, Bass & Bone, Heiskanen Bayatz Baharatz, VENHA and Helsinki Headnod Convention.

Haavisto studied at the University of Stavanger, Norway, where he graduated with a master's degree in music performance and jazz improvisation in 2016. Haavisto's band is completed by Johannes Granroth, the recent winner of the Jazzkukko festival's guitar competition, Severi Sorjonen, one of the best jazz fusion drummers of his generation, and the young keyboard wizard Vili Itäpelto.

Haavisto himself is an Aguilar Amplification, Soundtools Oy and Maruszczyk Instruments artist. The resume of his previous collaborators covers a wide range of musicians and composers such as Stein Inge Brækhus, Jouni Järvelä, Mikko Hassinen, Marouf Majidi, Mika Säily, Jarno E.J. Tikka, Marc Bernstein, Jussu Pöyhönen, Robin Methlie and Johannes Ulveraker.

JUKKA HAAVISTO: Reflections (album release date: 25.11.2022)
Cat.nr: ECD-2022174

1. Four Days After
2. Dancing in the Woods
3. Three Reflections
4. Noora
5. Opus nr.8
6. Opus nr.11
7. Morning Dew

All compositions and arrangements: Jukka Haavisto
Recorded by Tapio Ylinen, Eclipse Music Studio / Latosound, Tampere
Mixed by Tuukka Tervo
Mastered by Hannu Lamminmäki, Musapaahtimo, Helsinki
Cover photo: Tuukka Uimonen
Design: Aarni Ylinen


27.12.2022 - Tampereen Teatteri, Kulttuuriravintola Kivi (album release conccert)
More concerts coming up in 2023, dates TBA