Mo’ Better Lassy
Tenor man Timo Lassy has been moving in the fast lane for years, delivering his accessible brand of finger-snapping and hard bopping soul jazz. This is his fifth studio solo album, the first being The Soul & Jazz of Timo Lassy (2007).
To cut the story short: There are more musicians, better tunes, and the entire production is fancier, compared to the previous albums.
The core quintet on the record remains unchanged, but an eight-piece brass band on five tracks, and six guests across tracks, including senior master saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen, makes this album a very versatile one.
Concerning the musical styles on this record, Lassy & co. most likely has faith in the old proverb saying, if it ain't broke, don't fix it – save the two perhaps somewhat misplaced vocal cuts. Joyce Elaine Yuille is featured on the Harlem’s Way, while rapper Paleface delivers the message on Trouble.
TIMO LASSY: Moves
Timo Lassy, saxophone, keyboards
Georgios Kontrafouris, piano, organ
Antti Lötjönen, double bass
Teppo Mäkynen, drums
Abdissa Assefa, percussion
Ricky-Tick Big Band Brass, and, guest musicians