Genre: Jazz, Vocal
Huge is the boom Scandinavian singers have triggered in the past few years. Rebekka Bakken, Kari Bremnes, Rigmor Gustafsson or Cæcilie Norby Names like these are currently luring German jazz audiences into music halls and record stores, zealously forming a new definition of contemporary ³Euro-Jazz² and effortlessly cutting its umbilical cord from the US schools. Until now the Finnish faction has been conspicuously missing on this new top team of noble Nordic voices. Kristiina Tuomi presents herself as an exciting and original vocalist who puts Finland on the map of modern jazz song-writing and this with trans-European flair and poetry from Poe to Shakespeare.
Hardly any other jazz vocalist release has met with such unanimous enthusiasm from music journalists, features, and reviews as Tuomi's debut, "Tightrope Walker". Its successor, "The Expense of Spirit", release 3/2007, once again proves the trio's utter fearlessness of heights, with an artistic and playfully light concoction of jazzy pop, Shakespeare-inspired lyrical songs and southern harmonies. Kristina Tuomi's natural soprano is confident and competent as it enters dialogue with Carsten Daerr's brilliant piano playing and Carlos Bica's singing contrabass. The result is a wealth of lyrically refined songs full of transparency, songs that challenge, seduce and fascinate their listeners.