Mother Tongue is the first album of the Juhani Aaltonen Trio, recorded at Helsinki’s Kanneltalo during a concert held in fall 2002. The recording includes free-flowing improvised music principally based on compositions by Juhani Aaltonen. In addition to original compositions, the trio performs its own version of the evergreen “Nature Boy” made immortal by Nat King Cole. Just as it does on its own original material, the trio puts its own unique stamp on this standard, which has since become one of the signature tunes of Juhani Aaltonen.
Mother Tongue received the Emma Award presented to the Best Finnish Jazz Recording of the Year in 2003.
Juhani Aaltonen, tenor saxophone and flute
Ulf Krokfors, bass
Tom Nekljudow, drums