“It’s nice to see people with their eyes closed at gigs, just really letting this meditative kind of state happen. I like that kind of thing myself.”

-Interview with Jeremy D. Goodwin, BOSTON GLOBE, June 14 2013

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“…I find that what ties these traditions together in a certain light is that all of them seem to aspire towards expressing and embodying a certain type of emotion: some call it the blues; some call it soul; some call it tarab or saltanah [the enjoyment transmitted by the performer to their listeners through the technical and artistic mastery of the instrument or voice]; some call it duende [having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity, often connected with flamenco]; what have you. Blues comes in many shades. Maybe that is the tree itself.”

– Interview with Eyal Hareuveni for ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM, June 18 2013

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“Could Jussi Reijonen have what it takes to become a future cosmopolite of music? Time will tell, but his debut album ‘Un’ forecasts a bright future.”

“Olisiko Jussi Reijosessa ainesta tulevaksi musiikin kosmopoliitiksi? Aika näyttää, mutta ainakin debyyttilevy ‘Un’ lupaa hyvää tulevaisuutta ajatellen.”

– Article by Timo Östman in RIFFI magazine (Finland), May 2013

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Reijonen Jazz Inside NY May 2013_1“‘…you have such a beautiful accent when you speak. Why do I not hear that when you play guitar?’ That just stopped me … my whole outlook changed – what was my accent? Where was I from? What is my own handwriting in sound? It sparked an entire re-evaluation of myself on many levels, not only musically.”

-Interview with Eric Nemeyer for JAZZ INSIDE NEW YORK, May 2013

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“Even music is a dialect, a way to say where I am from.”

Musiikkikin on murre, tapa sanoa mistä mie oon kotoisin.”

– Interview with Sonja Saarikoski, HELSINGIN SANOMAT (Finland), 13 Feb 2013

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Lapin Kansa“I closed my eyes as the familiar tune [“Naima”] from a jazz legend played and opened them later to make room for tears. The music that Reijonen had composed as a sonic picture of his Lappish roots was so beautiful that I felt as if it had cleansed me. All the pettiness, jealousy and bitterness that had gathered in me peeled away, and what was left was only the human being I would like to be. They were tears of joy, that flowed hot onto my cheeks without cramps of any kind. I suppose it was a spiritual experience, although I have never experienced anything spiritual in the religious sense.

“Suljin silmäni jazzlegendan tutun kappaleen soidessa ja avasin ne myöhemmin tehdäkseni tilaa kyynelille. Reijosen Lapin-juuriensa äänikuvaksi säveltämä musiikki oli niin kaunista, että minusta tuntui, kuin se olisi puhdistanut minut. Kaikki se pikkusieluisuus, kateus ja katkeruus, joka minuun oli kertynyt, karisi pois ja jäljelle jäi vain ihminen, jollainen haluaisin olla. Ne olivat onnen kyyneleitä, jotka soljuivat kuumina poskille vailla minkäänlaisia kramppeja. Se oli kai hengellinen kokemus, vaikken mitään uskonnoista ponnistavaa hengellistä ole ikinä kokenutkaan.

– Jouni Kantola, “Taiteen arvo on mittaamatonta” [“The Value of Art is Immeasurable”], Lapin Kansa, 19 Feb 2013

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