Jazz trombonist and composer Samuel Blaser, who has earned serious attention and enthusiastic praise over the last few years for his daring virtuosity and engaging improvisations, advances his artistry to even greater heights on his new CD, 7th Heaven, just released on the Between the Lines/Double Moon label in Germany. A prolific talent with a truly collaborative spirit, Blaser brings together guitarist Scott Dubois, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaver to create seven separate songs that explore the territory between hard bop and free jazz, all of which confirm that a new trombone star has risen in the realm of the Improviser’s Art.
In listening to Blaser’s spectral trombone playing you hear tradition, finesse and questing innovation. His strong, colorful tone allows him to express his musical ideas in a straightforward manner, so each nuance of his phrasing stands complete and purposeful. With an astute command of rhythm and an impeccable ear for melody and harmony, Blaser fashions entertaining original compositions that emphasize his versatile playing and deep commitment to the jazz aesthetic.
Blaser was born and raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, located in the Neuchâtel canton and center of the country’s famed watch-making industry. It is also a vibrant jazz metropolis, and once was home to a pair of expatriate American jazz legends
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Signal To Noise
...another vibrant quartet outing that serves as the leadership debut for 26-
yearold trombonist Samuel Blaser... Blaser is a confident soloist, decorating
straight-uo, puckish lines with vibrant extended techniques... It is the
capstone of a forceful debut for the young trombonist...
All About Jazz
July 17th 2008
Troy Terrell Kent Holmes
...Samuel Blaser writes and plays daringly on his debut as a leader, blending
free jazz sensibilities with a straightahead approach. And if a trombone ever
flourished in a free jazz vein, it's here..