JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2007 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Ilmiliekki Quartet

The Ilmiliekki Quartet were playing Thelonious Monk's Three Corners when we walked in. This was the perfect setting for their pristine sound. I tried to buy some water during their set andI felt clumsy just moving around while they were playing. There is a piano player off to the left and they were sparse and exceptionally beautiful. The bass player played here the night before in Five Corners but he seemed more at home in this setting. They finished with Ornette Coleman's "What Reason Can I Give" which the trumpet player introduced as "one of the most beautiful songs I know". The bass player played the melody alone and the trumpet player played into the top of the opened piano so the strings of the piano resonated with his notes. We bought their cd on the way out. - photo by P Doddy - click photo to advance > next