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Multiple Reviews

Samuel Blaser: Purity of Purpose In All Things

Read "Samuel Blaser: Purity of Purpose In All Things" reviewed by Doug Collette


One of trombonist/composer Samuel Blaser's more subtle talents is his uncanny ability to as fully distinguish himself accompanying other musicians as when he is leading theme. The prominence of a sideman is, by definition, not so great as the bandleader, producer etc, but to completely engage in the project of another is an exercise in generosity and humility as indispensable to the success of a given effort as the more tangible skills of playing an and improvising. On these three ...

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Multiple Reviews

Winter 2019

Read "Winter 2019" reviewed by Doug Collette


Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Samuel Blaser Early in the Mornin' OutNote Records 2018 Samuel Blaser's engagement with the blues on Early in the Mornin' inspires sparkling arrangements and vigorous musicianship. The frontman's lusty tones on the opening title track set a ...

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Favourite Releases of 2018

Read "Favourite Releases of 2018" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode (and the next) features music from some of the great albums released and played on One Man's Jazz in 2018. You'll hear tracks from recordings by Sean Conly, Quin Kirchner, Mario Costa, Benoit Delbecq, Cene Resnik, First Gig Never Happened, Sound & Fury, Samuel Blaser, Albert Beger & Shay Hazan, Michael Formanek, Devin Gray, Sylvie Courvoisier, Marty Ehrlich and Andrew Cyrille. New releases debuting this week come from Nate Wooley, Kresten Osgood and Ricardo Toscano.

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Album Review

Samuel Blaser: Taktlos Zurich 2017

Read "Taktlos Zurich 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe


Although in existence since 2013, Taktlos Zurich 2017 constitutes the first record by Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser's Trio with French guitarist Marc Ducret and Danish drummer Peter Bruun. It's worth the wait as Blaser helms a very responsive trio, so attuned to one another's movement that the spaces are as eloquent as the notes. One of the most talented trombonists on the scene, Blaser makes his instrument mutter, growl, speak and sing, sometimes in multiple registers through his control of ...

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Album Review

Samuel Blaser / Gerry Hemingway: Oostum

Read "Oostum" reviewed by John Sharpe


Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser has developed a productive partnership with drummer Gerry Hemingway since the American's relocation to Switzerland. Hemingway also forms part of the latest incarnation of Blaser's Quartet as well as his Consort In Motion outfit, heard on A Mirror to Machaut (Songlines, 2013). Such alliances stand the pair in good stead as they embark on the spontaneous duet heard on Oostum, recorded in church in the eponymous village during the 2015 version of the quintessentially Dutch Zomer ...

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Album Review

Samuel Blaser with Marc Ducret & Peter Bruun: Taktlos Zurich 2017

Read "Taktlos Zurich 2017" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser continues his upward mobility within cutting-edge jazz and improvisational realms on this live trio date as he realigns with unconventional French guitar hero Marc Ducret and utilizes the skills of resourceful Danish drummer Peter Bruun. Here, the trio merges inward-looking dialogues with an all-inclusive rite of passage, sparked by dips, spikes, free-form call / response processes, intense unison breakouts, and speedy, odd-metered time signatures. Blaser and Ducret also execute buzzing angular motifs amid some ...

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Album Review

Samuel Blaser Quartet: Spring Rain

Read "Spring Rain" reviewed by Troy Collins


Spring Rain is Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser's first release for the British imprint, Whirlwind Recordings. A sublime homage to the visionary work of under-sung innovator Jimmy Giuffre, the album features Blaser's current working quartet with Russ Lossing on piano and analog keyboards, Drew Gress on upright bass, Gerald Cleaver on drums, and Grammy winning producer Robert Sadin serving as artistic director. The session comprises a dozen tunes split between originals and covers; Blaser composed six and co-wrote one ...


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