Timo Lassy – Live With Lassy


Shootin' Dice
Touch Red
The Good Life
Just One of Those Things
Where's the Man?
It Could Be Better
Uncle Harry Came to Town
Sweet Spot
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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