Samuel Blaser

The next generation of jazz musicians continue to be drawn to the fertile ground that exists between free jazz and hard bop, including trombonist Samuel Blaser. The next generation of jazz musicians, including the trombonist Samuel Blaser, continue to be drawn to the fertile ground that is hard bop and jazz. The New York-born, Swiss-bred, and New York-trained brassman, now residing in Berlin, showed the fruits of his rapid growth as a bandleader, and instrumentalist, on Pieces of Old Sky in 2009. This CD was a masterpiece that jazz critics and aficionados hailed as a work that demonstrates a true talent. Blaser’s latest album, Consort in Motion, features him leading a trio that includes Thomas Morgan, a legendary bassist, and Paul Motian, a drummer who once again proves his artistry and ability to think outside the box. Blaser takes an unusual step by combining Renaissance and Baroque period music and jazz improvisation to create Consort in Motion, a musical world that is both familiar and surprising yet compelling. Blaser has been praised for his innovative virtuosity, engaging improvisations and prolific talent. Blaser’s spectral trombone playing is a blend of tradition, finesse, and questing innovation. His bright, vibrant tone makes it easy for him to communicate his musical ideas in an uncomplicated manner. Each nuance of his phrasing is complete and purposeful. Blaser’s unique compositions are a testament to his versatility and commitment to jazz. Blaser was raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. It is located in the Neuchatel canton, the heart of the country’s watch-making industry. It’s also home to a lively jazz city and was once home to two ex-patriot American jazz legends, Sidney Bechet (pioneering clarinetist and saxophone player) and Kenny “Klook” Clarke (famous Swiss jazz trombonist). Blaser, the middle of three brothers was inspired to play trombone when he saw a marching band perform in a local parade. He says, “I guess the big, showy trombone slide was what I liked.” Blaser’s family was always musically inclined. His father was a bookmaker and his mother was a watchmaker. Blaser loved American R.

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