Other Projects & Collaborations
with Benoît Delbecq (piano), Gerry Hemingway (drums), Samuel Blaser (trombone)
On January 22, 2013, three innovative musicians recorded at Studio de Meudon in Paris, France for nuscope recordings. Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser, who currently resides in Berlin, Germany and Brooklyn, New York, is best known for his meditative, original, and exciting trombone playing. Paris resident Benoît Delbecq, of course, is a truly original pianist who merges such seemingly disparate influences as Gyorgy Ligeti, John Cage, Steve Lacy, and even electronica into a new and refreshing style. Gerry Hemingway, now resident in Luzern, Switzerland, is a penultimate drummer and composer who has performed with many musicians including Anthony Braxton and Ray Anderson.
+ Fourth Landscape Releases:
- Fourth Landscape (Nuscope Recordings, 2013)
Humair Blaser Känzig
with Samuel Blaser (trombone), Heiri Känzig (bass), Daniel Humair (drums)
In 1291, three cantons united to form the Swiss Confederation. In honour of their homeland, Daniel Humair, Samuel Blaser and Heiri Känzig, three generations of top Swiss jazz musicians, form a new trio.
Daniel Humair sculpts the tempo on drums just as he paints his paintings. Inventive and attentive to the interaction between his companions, he produces a game where finesse and energy alternate. Samuel Blaser, who is first and foremost a melodist, is an important, relatively new voice on his instrument who boasts gifts as a mature but curious bandleader and composer.
Heiri Känzig is better known on the international jazz scene than by the Swiss public. Though this double bass player has never sought out the attention of the broad masses, his humble attitude and musical talent are extremely convincing.
Blaser’s robust tone and wide-swinging improvisation is framed by the organic tumult of Känzig and Humair's interlocking rhythm. Between breath, strings and sticks, slides, wood and skins, an alchemy is born which, through inspiration and creativity transforms the sound into moments of pure poetry.
+ Humair Blaser Känzig:
- TBA (OutNote 2020)
Pierre Favre and Samuel Blaser
with Pierre Favre (drums)
Pierre Favre, the great pioneer of modern drumming, the sound color painter among jazz drummers, is working in duo with trombonist Samuel Blaser. Both of them have a fine feeling for the right tone, for what fits together, for the clear form. An interesting duo: trombone and drums! Together Blaser and Favre stand for two generations of top Swiss jazz musicians!
+ Pierre Favre and Samuel Blaser Releases:
- Vol à Voile (Intakt Records, 2010)
with Sarah Maria Sun (soprano), Oscar Strasnoy (piano), Mathieu Ogier (DJ) and Nathalie Amstutz (harp)
SONGS revolves around one of the most iconic pieces of 20th century repertoire, a series of popular folk songs by Italian composer Luciano Berio for mezzo-soprano and small ensemble. Inspired by Berio's approach in the mid-1960's, Oscar Strasnoy and Samuel Blaser's musical work here is anchored in that same folk tradition. Strasnoy works with traditional music of the Canton of Grisons (interesting for its very special language spoken here, and because of its "minority" status). The jazzman from Chaux-de-Fonds moves in the footsteps of a Bartók or a Kurtág with Mississippi Delta blues inspiration creating a remarkably personal works.
+ SONGS Releases:
Gerry Hemingway & Samuel Blaser
The Players: Gerry Hemingway (drums) & Samuel Blaser (trombone)
A really great setting for drummer Gerry Hemmingway – an album that has him improvising live with trombonist Samuel Blaser – a fantastic musician who's one of the freshest trombone talents we've heard in years! In previous comments, we've liked Blaser to a modern day heir to the genius of 60s trombonists like Roswell Rudd and Grachan Moncur – and those words definitely hold true here, as Blaser delivers a wondrous balance between new sounds and tuneful moments, fresh ideas and a longer tradition on his horn – all in ways that make Hemmingway sound even more creative than usual. The album features six duets, all recorded live in a church during a jazz festival in the Netherlands
+ Samuel Blaser & Gerry Hemingway Releases:
- Oostum (No Business Records, 2018)