Live With Lassy

A 8 track jazz instrumental pop album (1h 20m 43s) — released January 20th 2014 on Schema


In late 2012, after the release of my third LP, "In With Lassy", we

started touring the material. As the studio recording already was a

relaxed "cooking session", we began looking for a new way to

approach the material. The band already had a history of some 5 years

of playing together, so we were confident that the sense of life

dynamics for this music would come quite naturally. It did. A key

element was striving for a common goal: to make the ensemble sound

better. None of us in this band is here to prove anything. All of us have

the freedom to take whatever we find in the music, react to it, and aim

for making the texture and the dynamics work. I think in live situations

it's all about enjoying what you do, and while doing that, giving and

receiving feeling. Interaction. I think you can hear it on these

recordings. The band is captured at a great moment in its development

and at a very relaxed mood. It's wonderful for me to hear how the

venue, the audience, the band and the music come together to create

something new. - Timo Lassy


If you would ask me how to tell a great band apart from all the quite

good ones, my answer would be to just listen to any given group live

for three nights in a row. See if you still think they sound fresh for your

ears during the encore of the third show. Timo Lassy Band does. One

music journalist calle the "In With Lassy" relase club nights a "mini

festival". That works, sure. There were some great opening acts,

proving that there's a future for jazz in Finland, some topical guests at

our talk show, and a lot of people who make all this worthwhile. All of

the gigs sold out in advance. Damn, somebody even bought the entire

Lassy back catalogue on vinyl in one go from the record stand. That's

dedication. - Matti Nives


We recorded the Dubrovnik gigs using the legendary Nagra IV-S

recording system and the equally iconic Bang & Olufsen BM5 stereo

microphones. The Nagra dates back to the 1970's and the B&O's to

somewhere around the 1960's. It's a very simple setup. The Nagra

system was invested by the Polish Stefan Kudelski and the word

"nagra" itself means "to record". Due to its compacts size, it has been

used for capturing countless of live shows. Perhaps the most important

thing here was the fact that the band not to mention Timo himself, was

not informed of the planned recording. The whole idea was completely

ex tempore. So there was no pressure on the performance.

The gigs were live mixed by Ilari Larjosto, who also assisted in the

recording process. His way of changing tapes on the go was very

smooth indeed. That's the downside of using the Nagra: you can only

tape something like 30 minutes of music on one go, depending on the

recording speed.

As this was a very spontaneous effort, we didn't have too many new

tapes at hand. Thus, we had to re-use some older tapes. Maybe you

can here some crackling here and there because of this if you listen

carefully. Still, I think these tape capture the mood and the ambience of

those three nights quite well. I credit some of it to the method of

recording described above, of course to the band, and also to the

wonderful audience you can hear reacting to the music here. - Abdissa


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