|Mother Tongue is the first recording of the Juhani Aaltonen Trio founded in 2001. In addition to saxophonist and flutist Juhani Aaltonen, the trio includes Ulf Krokfors on bass and Tom Nekljudow on drums. The music was recorded at Helsinki’s Kanneltalo during a concert held in fall 2002 towards the end of a nine-concert tour by the Juhani Aaltonen Trio. The recording includes free-flowing improvised music principally based on compositions by Juhani Aaltonen. In addition to original compositions, the trio performs its own, unique version of the evergreen Nature Boy made immortal by Nat King Cole.
Mother Tongue was recorded live at Kanneltalo in Helsinki, Finland on October 17, 2002 with Ilari Suonpää and Mauri Marin as the recording engineers. The recording was mixed by Dan Tigerstedt at Finnvox in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Henrik Otto Donner at DER in Tammisaari, Finland.
Mother Tongue is a candidate for the Emma Award granted by the Finnish National Group of the International Federation of Phonographic Industry to the best Finnish jazz recording in 2003.