Since its inception, jazz trio Sir Garrison has been chasing an intimate sound to call its own. Intimacy is a rare and elusive quality for music to hold and admittedly the three musicians who make up Sir Garrison have gone to great lengths to achieve it. “There is a power in the number three” says bassist Nate Francis. “Each of us tries to support the other musician and facilitate a really personal dialogue between the group. Our music is certainly a reflection of our love for each other and the musical world we live in.” Indeed the power of the trio is evident in its most recent recording which took place on a remote island close to Hankasalmi.
“We chose to record in such a remote location because we wanted to liberate our sound from anything besides the bare minimum of outside factors. In other words, we wanted to fins a purely acoustic sound and in doing so find a purely human sound.” comments drummer Okko Saastamoinen who contributed two songs to the recording. In going to such great lengths to find their sound, Sir Garrison has stumbled upon something original and organic.
The collective was formed in Helsinki where all three members have achieved success in their own right : Okko Saastamoinen, as a leader of his own band, Nate Francis, as a sideman and bandleader himself, and Sami Leponiemi who has achieved critical acclaim as a member of the jazz-fusion band Peela. It is Leponiemi whose unique composition style forms the backbone of the groups repertoire. “We were all looking for a way to communicate the ideals in music which were common to us all. We want to deliver primacy, honesty, and joy in our music. In Sir Garrison we have all found the perfect complement to our individual styles.”
Sami Leponiemi | saksofonit
Nathan Francis | basso
Okko Saastamoinen | rummut