Jukka Eskola’s 10-inch EP is not only the debut for the trumpeter’s trio (Mikko Helevä, organ; Teppo Mäkynen, drums), but also the dawn of a new label. The man behind Grotto is Antti Eerikäinen, famous for the now-defunct Ricky-tick Records.
“Railyard Boogie” is a darkish strut with Swedish flautist Magnus Lindgren and bassist Ville Herrala as guests. “Hong Thong” is reminiscent of the tunes of the featured guest, Timo Lassy. “Jumpin’ Punkins” is an old swinger by Mercer Ellington with juicy Hammond organ and some nice percussive work. But who is the mystery vibist on “Subterranean Variations”?