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Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More

Read "Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Sometimes a recording catches you by surprise. Such is the case with Swedish bassist Thomas Markusson's Open. Only one of the musicians was familiar, the pianist Naoko Sakata who moved from Japan to Sweden where she could play the kind of music that wasn't popular in Japan. Sakata definitely found the right company. Markusson is a ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Samuel Blaser Quartet: As the Sea

Read "As the Sea" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quartetto d'eccezione quello allestito da Samuel Blaser, giovane trombonista svizzero che con una decina di incisioni si è costruito una solida reputazione tra i colleghi e unanimi apprezzamenti dagli addetti ai lavori. Perché se il bassista Banz Oester, pur vantando collaborazioni prestigiose con Pierre Favre ed Harry Hemingway, è nome non troppo noto, il batterista Gerald Cleaver ed il chitarrista ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Samuel Blaser Quartet: Boundless

Read "Boundless" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In a relatively short time, Swiss-born trombonist Samuel Blaser has established himself as one of the most interesting and innovative low brass players to emerge from the international avant-jazz scene at the beginning of the 21st Century. He's also becoming quite prolific, releasing four CDs under his own name over the previous 12 months.Boundless, Blaser's debut ...

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Samuel Blaser Quartet: Pieces of Old Sky

Read "Pieces of Old Sky" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swiss-born, Berlin-based trombonist Samuel Blaser is a musician to watch. He has a unique and personal vision, imaginative scope of articulation, and an ability to communicate and surprise with his sonic discoveries and ideas. This excellent new recording, his best so far, impresses more with every listening.

The album was recorded in New York with three ...

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Samuel Blaser Quartet: 7th Heaven

Read "7th Heaven" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Samuel Blaser writes and plays daringly on his debut as a leader, blending free jazz sensibilities with a straight-ahead approach. And if a trombone ever flourished in a free jazz vein, it's here.

"Sans Titre," with its faux military theme, sets the tone as Blaser and guitarist Scott Dubois march side by side. Blaser's ...