The Samuel Blaser Quartet


The Players: Samuel Blaser (trombone), Russ Lossing (keys), Masa Kamaguchi (bass), Gerry Hemingway (drums)

Samuel Blaser, a Swiss trombonist known for blending progressive postbop with early music, heads a tribute to the late, ever-stimulating jazz eccentric Jimmy Giuffre. The stellar lineup includes keyboardist Russ Lossing, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Gerald Cleaver. "In a world of trends and marketing plans, it is beautiful to encounter a musician who is dedicated to invention, to spontaneous interaction, to trudging on a road less traveled, or perhaps where no path exists at all. Surely this is the only solo trombone tribute to Jimmy Giuffre- as wonderful as it is unexpected. Samuel honors the intelligence and the concentration of the listener. The quality of his musical mind, his virtuosity...extraordinary. His colleagues on this journey weave ideas together with a sly subtle sense of conversation. And how wonderful is that."  - Robert Sadin


The Samuel Blaser Trio


The Players: Samuel Blaser (trombone), Marc Ducret (guitar), Peter Bruun (drums)
Samuel Blaser is a shooting star as a trombonist. A native of Switzerland who now regularly commutes between New York and Berlin, he is a musician who has internalized all that jazz history has produced and commands over a powerful musicality. Characteristic of his talent and ability is his pristine classical intonation and free improvisation.

Within his trio's sound, Samuel Blaser's smooth flowing lines can at times contrast sharply with guitarist Marc Ducret's harsher statements. A type of contrast that reminds us that tension and contradiction can be powerful elements within music and art. With their third man, the versatile percussionist Peter Bruun, they venture into bold territory combining familiar and unusual musical worlds to create a new sound experience.


Samuel Blaser Solo


The Players: Samuel Blaser (trombone)

Trombonists like Albert Mangelsdorff, Conny Bauer, Paul Rutherford and George Lewis took the instrument to its limits, and each created a melodic concept that was entirely personal. However, to our knowledge, none of them really explored the impact of acoustics and motion on the music:
Das Raum ist das Kleid Der Musik (Kurt Blaukopf, Hexensprüche der Musik, Verlag Arthur Niggli, St Gallen/Wien, 1965/67).

Meeting Swiss producer Martin Ruch in 2012 at a recording session for the Austria-based project Transit Room completely changed Blaser´s perspectives. They decided to collaborate together, and Ruch introduced several crucial new ideas, including recording the entire album at Funkhaus on Nalepa-strasse in Berlin. The richness and variety of the room acoustics available at this studio complex offer an incredible laboratory for experimental recording.

The overall concept for this recording was to include motion as an extended form of expression, and to work exclusively with the existing, authentic spatialization.

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