Undercurrents can be unpredictable and violent on
occasion. This was certainly the case for Martti Vesala's
new Soundpost album: "I really intended for the music to
sound more Nordic, to give it a sense of calm, longing
and space," he recalls. "I'm drawing inspiration from
more varied sources now."
This ambition matches the emotional oscillations of the
autobiographical Landmarks, written during a period of
personal turmoil. Everyone in the band has grown,
starting with Vesala who draws a lot from non-trumpet
greats like John Coltrane. The Soundpost Quintet
members, meanwhile, are gelling tighter than ever while
simultaneously excelling as individual instrumentalists.
Landmarks is a rollercoaster ride entirely his own – and
easily Martti Vesala's biggest vision so far.
Visions beyond Miles: Landmarks is Martti Vesala's
Nordic album, a personal statement of great calm,
longing and space.