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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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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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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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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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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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Samuel Blaser Consort in Motion: A Mirror to Machaut

Read "A Mirror to Machaut" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser's largely mellower and investigative Consort in Motion differs from his acclaimed quartet's often hard- hitting and somewhat deviously entertaining persona for the hatOLOGY record label, partly due to French guitarist Marc Ducret's electrifying assaults. Thus, A Mirror to Machaut sheds additional light on Blaser's approach to composition, that coincides with a band personnel shift after drumming legend Paul Motian's passing in November, 2012. Blaser tackles the work and ideologies of pioneering medieval composer ...

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Samuel Blaser Quartet: As the Sea

Read "Samuel Blaser Quartet: As the Sea" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Since bursting on the the international jazz scene in the mid-2000s, Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser has established himself as one of his instrument's foremost practitioners. His playing combines the precision and detail of a top-flight classical instrumentalist with the unfettered, emotionally direct and rhythmically rich approach that characterizes the best jazz players. Blaser--still in his early 30s-- has also forged a reputation as a bandleader and composer par excellence. Presently, he leads four different bands, and occupies the trombone chair ...

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Samuel Blaser Consort in Motion: A Mirror to Machaut

Read "A Mirror to Machaut" reviewed by Troy Collins

Over the last few years Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser has established himself as a significant presence in the international jazz scene. Recent activity features no less than three consecutive releases; A Mirror to Machaut is the latest in a series of engaging albums, following One From None (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2013), the debut of his co-led Quintet with Canadian bassist Michael Bates, and As The Sea (Hatology, 2013), the second recording of his regular touring Quartet.Among his ...

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Samuel Blaser Quartet: As The Sea

Read "As The Sea" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Allocating his time between Europe and New York City, Swiss-born trombone maestro Samuel Blaser has recorded for prominent record labels, specializing in the outside jazz realm. Thus, As The Sea is the quartet's follow-up to Boundless (hatOLOGY, 2011). Blaser's recognizable plight to lay out nouveau frontiers remains a continuum. No wonder why he's garnered the assistance of such reputable instrumentalists. Otherwise, the program contains a flux of contrapuntal statements. His musicality imparts breathy expansionism amid swarming movements that are purposely ...

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Samuel Blaser Quartet: As The Sea

Read "As The Sea" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The whole of some musical outfits is greater than its separate parts. The Berlin-based, Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser's Quartet is one of these outfits, comprised of resourceful musicians with strong personalities, distinct approaches that together complement the strengths of this band but also pushes it into newer terrains. Blaser is conservatory trained and university educated, has a perfect-pitch sound on the trombone and rich musical vision that encompasses anything between composer Richard Wagner's grandiose operas, classical Indian ...

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Samuel Blaser Quartet: Boundless

Read "Boundless" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

In his relatively brief tenure as a professional jazz musician who derives influences from classical music studies and John Cage-tinted abstractions, Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser's craft teems with curiously interesting applications and concepts. He's recorded for other prominent European record labels, but debuts on the historic Swiss-based hatOLOGY label with Boundless.Blaser imparts a penchant for innovation, fusing experimentation with structure and loosely organized tenets within a larger compositional picture, and his band of proven futurists share a common ...


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