Kaisa’s Machine: Taking Shape in the press

Though it’s been out for only one month so far, Kaisa’s Machine have earned rave reviews for their first New York album and Greenleaf debut, Taking Shape. We’re grateful for the coverage! Here’s a collection of what people have been saying about the record:

“The bass, instead of being a routine component of the rhythm section, has become the main compositional voice of the group.”
★★★★ Brian Morton, DownBeat

“Crisp, spacious modern jazz [with a] rapturous, magical vibe.”
★★★★½ Matt Collar, AllMusic

“Purposeful compositions where the musicians’ personal interpretations are free to unfold.”
★★★★★ Marita Nyrhinen, Kulttuuri-toimitus

“Refreshingly inventive, Taking Shape demonstrates that Mäensivu is an accomplished musician with a uniquely creative voice.”
★★★★ Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

“The music is vibrant, moving, immediate, and subtle… A beautiful album.”
★★★ Jean-Claude Vantroyen, Le Soir

“A must-hear fresh enough to convince the toughest listeners.”
– Yves Dorison, CultureJazz

“A quiet intensity created by the interaction of a skilled band.”
–  Jukka Piiroinen, Valon kuvia

“Fascinating and engrossing music by a major young talent.”
– Rick Anderson, CD HotList

“Band of young aces.”
– Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

“There’s very little holding these players to the earth.”
– Phil Freeman, Stereogum

“No low points on this album – a thorough joy all the way.”
– Dan Ouellette, Jazz and Beyond Intel

“A well-marked game between old and new sounds.”
– Guido Michelone, Il Manifesto

Order / listen to Taking Shape here.