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Jo Stance

Jo Stance

Ricky Tick

Released: 7th March 2011 | 12 track soul jazz album
Jo Stance is a new project by upcoming Finnish vocalist Johanna Forsti and drummer-producer Teppo Teddy Rok Makynen. With the release of the single Hey Girl! on in June, they set up great expectations for the album now to be released by Helsinki's Ricky-Tick Records. Johanna Forsti is a charismatic singer, who has been a mainstay in the Finnish scene for some time already, making a strong impact with her rare brand of charisma and impeccable vocal skills. Now coming up is Jo Stance, her first album proper. Jo Stance is a project co-produced, written, and conceived by Forsti and Teppo Teddy Rok Makynen, the man behind Ricky-Tick's lauded The Stance Brothers pseudonym. The Jo Stance debut album introduces a sound that is instantly approachable, and at the same time deep and filled with innovation. The vintage mood is matched by first-rate songwriting and production by Forsti and Makynen, who also play all the instruments on most of the tracks. On occasion, the duo gets some help from Ricky-Tick heavyweights like Timo Lassy (sax) and Jukka Eskola (trumpet). The sessions for the Jo Stance project took place in 2009-10 at Makynen's home studio, and the immediacy of the recordings translates well on the compact, organic groove of the tracks. From the hard-hitting grooves of tracks like 'Changes' and 'Sticky' to the delicacy of ballads like 'No More Tears', the album moves from one highlight to the next. No wonder, then, that the response to the LP in the duo's native Finland has been truly remarkable among fans, journalists and industry people alike. Soulful to the bone and with just the right amount of roughness around the edges, Jo Stance is a winner.