Adele Sauros (ts), Toomas Keski-Säntti (p), Vesa Ojaniemi (b), Tuomas Timonen (d), Tomi Nikku (tp), Max Zenger (as), Kasperi Sarikoski (tb)
Bar code: 8427328436168
I composed all these tunes, with the exception of ’Smokey Dokey’, while I was living in London between 2018 and 2019. The compositions portray several stories of growing pain during my time spent there. I set each story to a different mood and in doing so, tried to convey a complete picture of my time spent in London.
One can say, that I’m painting through my music. The first tune ‘I Paint You’ began as a musical portrait of somebody I encountered in London. Later, this composition developed into a musical portrait of many things, expressing not only my encounter with said person but a variety of people I came across in my travels. I Paint You is the story of the beautiful and painful experiences that often accompany a traveler.
Composing is often like writing a diary for me. All the compositions in this album remind me of something that I experienced. The music of this album combines elements of the European and the American traditions in jazz. My musical inspiration derives from my life experiences and from my roots in Finland. Combined, these influences create flavors of Nordic melancholy.
"The premiere of the Finnish saxophonist Adele Sauros in the New Talent series on Fresh Sound Records only reaffirms two indisputable facts: the good eye of the Barcelona label to track down the most interesting figures in current jazz and the constant revelation that peeking into the nordic jazz scene Youth, talent and new expressive possibilities are the three pillars on which the New Talent collection is based, converted for years into a seal of quality that is as reliable as it is always surprising, and Adele Sauros' impeccable debut with I Paint You is a success more to add to the essential catalog of Fresh Sound New Talent.
It is a bit dizzying to observe the trajectory of Adele Sauros considering that she has just turned 32 years old; A regular on the jazz festival circuit throughout Europe, his imprint shines in his own right on his two solo albums (2014's It's who I am and 2016's My spontaneous mind), as well as on his participation in the fantastic and unclassifiable works of folk, avant-garde jazz and pop of the Katu Kaiku project (in which the double bassist Mikael Saastamoinen and the drummer Erik Fräki also participate). 2020 was somehow the year of confirmation of Adele Sauros as one of the most explosive talents of the youngest Nordic jazz scene with the release of the debuts of Superposition (with drummer Olavi Louhivuori, saxophonist Linda Fredriksson and Mikael Saastamoinen on double bass) and JAF Trio (together with double bass player Joonas Tuuri and drummer Frederik Emil Bülow) both released on the very interesting Helsinki label We Jazz Records, two exceptional albums in which Sauros shines as an excellent performer and restless and versatile composer. A year later, the Finnish talent was more than confirmed with the exceptional and beautiful I Paint You; an indisputable sample of classic jazz endowed with an elegance and a well-intentioned energy that is as refreshing as it is captivating.
In the words of Adele Sauros herself, I Paint You is “the story of the beautiful and painful experiences that often accompany a traveler”. Composed as a diary during 2018 and 2019, I Paint You narrates the time that Sauros spent living in London. A comforting luminosity crosses the album transversally, giving each track a trace of serenity and repose, even melancholy, which turns listening into a highly enjoyable exercise in calm and introspection. Calm and elegant music in hectic times, something that is appreciated these days. There is no experimentation or disruptive spirit here: Adele Sauros sticks to the traditional sound and conception of jazz, and gives her compositions a post-bop melodic intention and vintage majesty that allows each element to shine in a continuous game where expressive freedom he is always at the service of the theme, far from artifice or gratuitous virtuosity. There are no fireworks on this record; there is class, good taste."
—Ricky lavado (March 29, 2022)