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MikaSonik, the eclectic jazz-fusion quintet led by New York-based Finnish pianist and composer Mika Pohjola, released its aptly titled studio album, Landmark, in 2002. Featuring a first rate lineup with Miguel Zenon on saxophone, Ben Monder on guitar, Fernando Huergo on bass and Roberto Dani on drums, Still Alive is in contrary a one-night unedited live recording. It documents the talents of each musician, but moreover it highlights the incredible stability and rapport of the group as a whole. This release contains the entire two-set concert of selections from Mika Pohjola's crafty and visionary pen. While Landmark could be characterized as a multiple-keyboard sound world and a careful arranged concoction, Still Alive captures the spirit of the band in real time. The music is Still Alive!
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.