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Jasper Somsen

Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He collaborated amongst many others with Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Lynne Arriale, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, E.J. Strickland, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband and Gabriele Mirabassi. Jasper Somsen is a renowned studio producer. Besides his own albums as a leader he produced albums by Lynne Arriale, Enrico Pieranunzi, Bob Sheppard and Jean-Michel Pilc for Challenge Records International


The Lights Are Always On

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: March On; The Lights Are Always On; Sisters; Honor; Loved Ones; Sounds Like America; The Notorious RBG; Into the Breach; Walk in My Shoes; Heroes.


Article: Catching Up With

Lynne Arriale: A Suite Of Hope In Chaotic Times

Read "Lynne Arriale: A Suite Of Hope In Chaotic Times" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

Pianist/composer Lynne Arriale's The Lights Are Always On (Challenge Records, 2022) is a suite of compositions that reflects on the tumultuous period of history we live in. Through the chaos, though, she offers a message on hope and the indomitable nature of the human spirit. “The theme of the album was inspired by an ...


Article: Album Review

Lynne Arriale Trio: The Lights Are Always On

Read "The Lights Are Always On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Music with “a message" need not be inscrutable or bombastic, as pianist/composer Lynne Arriale proves time and again on The Lights Are Always On, whose ten original Arriale compositions are dedicated to caregivers, healers, truth-tellers and defenders of democracy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the brazen hoax-fueled attack on the U.S. Capitol building ...


Song of the Day

The Lights Are Always On

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 3:23


Article: Multiple Reviews

Piano Times Seven

Read "Piano Times Seven" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Every jazz pianist plays in their own individual style. These recent albums demonstrate the way seven particular players approach the instrument. Laurent Nicoud Outline QFTF 2020 This is a solo disc by a pianist whose background in classical music shows through the formal drama of his approach ...


Chimes of Freedom

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child; Journey; The Dreamers; 3 Million Steps; Hope; The Whole Truth; Lady Liberty; Reunion; Chimes of Freedom; American Tune.


Article: SoCal Jazz

Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz

Read "Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz" reviewed by Jim Worsley

An unassuming bespectacled man in his mid-sixties walks on to the stage. In a band with stellar, famous, and maybe flashier musicians, one could be forgiven if they didn't even notice him right away. But as soon as Bob Sheppard presses a saxophone, clarinet, or flute onto his lips, he is super, man! An incredible musician ...

Article: Album Review

Enrico Pieranunzi: Tales From The Unexpected

Read "Tales From The Unexpected" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato dal vivo al Teatro di Gütersloh il 29 agosto del 2015, questo disco fa parte della prestigiosa serie “European Jazz Legends" della Intuition, che giustamente sceglie un artista come Enrico Pieranunzi per il suo terzo capitolo. Il pianista romano si presenta in trio, una delle sue formazioni preferite, con partner europei come il ...


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