Christmas Calendar, day #15

December 15th, track 15: Warp Drive by Liberty Ship

Esa Pietilä leads a team of Finnish jazz all stars (Aki Rissanen, Antti Lötjönen, Olavi Louhivuori) on this double album of fantastic improvisation. Voted as “Album of the Year” in the New York City Jazz Record magazine in 2013. Enough said.

Liberty Ship: Approaching is ALBUM OF THE YEAR @ NYC Jazz Record

We are happy to announce that Liberty Ship’s debut album “Approaching” has been selected as ALBUM OF THE YEAR on New York City Jazz Record. (See here: 26-27)

Helmed by Esa Pietilä, the band is one of the very few Finnish artists to receive this great honour. Congratulations are in order. A great start for the year 2014.


Esa Pietilä – sax
Antti Lötjönen – bass
Olavi Louhivuori – drums
Aki Rissanen – keyboards

Get your copy of the LIMITED 2 DISC EDITION of the album by clicking below:


Jazz All Stars Liberty Ship release “Approaching” with Eclipse Music

Liberty Ship is an all star ensemle of Finnish jazz greats. Helmed by Esa Pietilä on sax the musicians – Aki Rissanen (piano), Olavi Luohivuori (drums) and Antti Lötjönen (bass) – create a true force of musical nature. Their music is improvisation at its very best, full of textures, melodies and powerful rhythms.

“Approaching” will be released on November 1st and is available in two formats. The digital download and streaming version consists of 8 tracks. The 2 disc Special Edition CD consists of the same 8 tracks on CD1 and an additional 9 tracks on the second disc.

We are taking pre-orders of the limited edition CD starting now. Pre-orders and a preview track is available to listen here:

“Liberty Ship, formed in 2012, navigates the deep waters of free jazz and improvised music in constant pursuit of liberated self-expression. Liberty Ship glides gracefully out of the mist on gently rolling waves, combining the adventurous spirit and improvisation of free jazz to influences from contemporary art music outside of jazz and a Nordic cool sensibility. Their music is adventurous, mysterious, creative and unpredictable as the sea, but the crew of Liberty Ship always stays together as a cohesive unit with a single course and a unified vision, the prow firmly pointed toward the edge of the map to uncharted waters.”
– Pasi Virtanen