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26 May 2003

“I'm glad that I got to discover Alexi Tuomarila by chance last summer, and even more glad that more people will get to hear a comprehensive statement of his music on this CD. If this is a beginning of sorts, then I'm definitely excited about the future for this piano player. “ Brad Mehldau

Multiple-award winner Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila unveils his second album and Warner Music debut, 02.  He and his Quartet, saxophonist Nicolas Kummer, bassist Christopher Devisscher and drummer Teun Verbruggen, have toured extensively in the most prestigious jazz festivals including Montreux and Avignon in Europe, as well as the Melbourne Jazz Festival in Australia, and won the admiration of many of their peers, including luminary pianist Brad Mehldau.  Their recording debut on the Finnish Igloo label was critically acclaimed in their native country and in Belgium, where Alexi studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels.