Blaser, Samuel / Pierre Favre
Same Place, Another Time. [VINYL]
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Only the second vinyl LP of Swiss trumpeter Samuel Blaser's career and released on drummer Pierre Favre's 85th birthday, this is their second duo album, well reflecting the extensive collaboration and touring these improvisers from two generations of free jazz have made, bringing nuance, virtuosity and humor together through original free improv and two notable standards.
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Label: Blaser Music
Catalog ID: BM010LP
Squidco Product Code: 32345
Recorded at Klein Theater, in Luzern, Switzerland, on October 23rd, 2018, by Philipp Schaufelberger.
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• Show Bio for Samuel Blaser
"[...] Born and raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland - a lesser-known but no less significant jazz metropolis which was, for a time, home to expatriate Americans Sidney Bechet and Kenny Clarke, as well as Swiss jazz trombonist Raymond Droz - Blaser has also spent considerable time living in New York City and currently resides in Berlin; truly an international musician, then, in clear defiance of boundaries cultural, musical and stylistic. Beginning trombone lessons at the age of 9, he "couldn't go past third position and had to have a trolley to carry trombone because it was too heavy," says Blaser. Still, with plenty of music in the Blaser household, where he was the middle of three children - ranging from Swiss folk music to American R&B and jazz - Blaser progressed quickly, entering the local conservatory at 14 and graduating seven years later in 2002 after receiving a number of awards in both the jazz and classical spheres, including the 2000 Benny Golson Prize.
Continuing private studies, Blaser began a number of significant associations, including the heralded Vienna Art Orchestra and European Radio Big Band, leading to a Fulbright scholarship which enabled him to study in the United States at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, going on to win the J.J. Johnson Prize, as well as both the Public Prize and Jury's Favorite Player awards at the 2006 Fribourg Jazz Festival.
All of these diverse accomplishments have ultimately - and inevitably - led to Blaser finding a personal nexus where disparate elements like Indian Tihi and Wagnerian opera meet. Blaser's impressive improvisational Ã©lan is predicated on instrumental mastery that is nothing more than the means to very musical ends. Together with his equally unfettered quartet, Blaser continues to expand the purview of jazz, redefining it in the new millennium as it enters its second century of existence.
Beyond Blaser's ability to combine knotty compositional form with incendiary improvisational prowess in the context of his own music, his unfettered yet ever-collaborative approach has resulted in a number of significant associations, among them his ongoing work with Swiss percussion legend Pierre Favre; a much-lauded duo with pianist Malcolm Braff; touring in 2012 as a member of FranÃ§ois Houle's recent 5+1 group, and heard on the French Canadian clarinetist's Genera (Songlines, 2012); and recording/performing with Berlin-based Canadian saxophonist Peter van Huffel's HuffLiGNoN group with singer Sophie Tassignon. Blaser has also shared the stage with artists including trombonist David Taylor, bassist Michael Blake, drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Hal Galper. It's no surprise that Rene Laanen of USA Trombone Online has called Blaser" one of todayÂ´s finest trombonists."
2013 will see Blaser touring with two new trios: one that, in addition to Marc Ducret, will also feature Danish drummer Peter Bruun; and another featuring French pianist Benoit Delbecq and American drummer Gerry Hemingway. Equally important, Blaser will also reunite his Consort in Motion (Kind of Blue, 2011) Quartet with pianist Russ Lossing, Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst, bassist Drew Gress and Hemingway, who replaces the sadly deceased Paul Motian. That record - Blaser's first and only to include a pianist, marrying the seemingly disparate elements of Renaissance and Baroque period composition with more open-ended jazz improvisation - was praised by All About Jazz's Troy Collins as " Fearlessly modern, yet respectfully regal." Collins continues, asserting that "Blaser's adventurous arrangements and reinterpretations offer the best of both worlds, enriching the raw impetuousness of avant-garde jazz with the proven sophistication of ageless classical forms. Consort in Motion is a high-water mark in the enduring lineage of the Third Stream, and all the more inspiring for the focus of its vision."
Meanwhile, with the release of As the Sea - like Boundless, a live recording but one culled from a single performance - Blaser reaps the rewards of greater trust and personal camaraderie built with Ducret, Oester and Cleaver through additional touring, following the release of their debut recording. "The music is quite different from the first record," says Blaser, "because things are more written. It's a little more complex rhythmically, too. But it's crazy, because I can play anything - a single note, even - and everybody will move with me. It's pretty intense."
Between recording and touring with his own groups and collaborating in other leaders' ensembles, Blaser's career continues an upward trajectory that seems to have no end in sight. "The world of music fascinates me to no end, and I´m determined to take one journey after another with my instrument and work," says Blaser. "It´s all about discovery and communicating new ideas. Believe me, I´m proof that a shiny trombone can send a message right to your heart and change your life." "-Samuel Blaser Website (https://www.samuelblaser.com/biography/)
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Pierre Favre is a Swiss jazz drummer and percussionist, born 2 June 1937 in Le Locle, Switzerland.
"When Pierre Favre began to explore new worlds of sound in drumming in the 1960s, he had already played with many internationally renowned Europeans and Americans as well as with prominent big bands. But it pushed him to an independent music. It all started in a trio with bassist George Mraz, then with Peter Kowald on double bass and from the start with Irene Schweizer on piano. "It is," says Pierre Favre, "a stroke of luck in a long, independent and yet joint development.
Searching for the melodic aspects of drums and percussion, Pierre Favre found his way to the solo. Together with Paul Motian, Fredy Studer and Nana Vasconcelos, he formed a percussion ensemble that increased the orchestral possibilities of percussive solo playing. "Singing Drums", a quartet with four percussionists, underwent a further transformation in the form of The "European Chamber Ensemble", a line-up with two percussionists, horns and strings.
In 2004, the city of Zurich honored Pierre Favre with the city's art prize."-Bert Noglik, Pierre Favre website-Pierre Favre Website (https://www.pierrefavre.ch/pierre/)
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1. L'oiseau de couleur 08:11
2. La Moretta 06:52
3. Same Place, Another Time. 05:10
1. Round Midnight 05:27
2. La Pinocchio 06:32
3. La danse des ours 04:09
4. Mood Indigo 06:42
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"When drummer Pierre Favre and trombonist Samuel Blaser perform together, Favre often tells audiences that they are from the same part of Switzerland, but born at different times. Since their differences of vintage are instantly evident - Favre was born in Le Locle in 1937, Blaser a few kilometers away in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1981 - the comment usually earns a laugh. And there's a good chance that the audience won't be the only ones laughing; for evidence, check out Blaser cracking up at Favre's introduction to "La danse des ours" ("Dance of the bears").
That spirit of good humor pervades Same Place, Another Time, the duo's second recording. When they made their first album, Vol À Voile (Intakt Records), in September 2009, they had only played a couple gigs together. Since then, they've toured together in China, the USA, and all over Europe. Blaser and Favre have forged a strong personal and musical bond forged by common cultural roots, shared musical affinities, and frequent work together. Each man knows what it's like to grow up in a remote municipality devoted to watchmaking, and the necessity to leave such a place in order to pursue a life in creative music. Both men are devoted to the adventurous spirit of jazz. Favre's played with Don Cherry, Dexter Gordon, Albert Mangelsdorff, Irène Schweizer, and Peter Brötzmann, and Blaser with Daniel Humair, Gerry Hemingway, and Paul Motian. However, neither feels bound only to it; Favre opened himself to a world of rhythms to fashion his Singing Drums music, and Blaser has found inspiration in opera, rock steady, and the blues.
But when they get together, the common ground is jazz. Things don't get much more fundamental than Monk's "Round Midnight" and Duke's "Mood Indigo," which are the only compositions on an otherwise completely improvised album. Among Favre's gifts is his ability to articulate a melody using cymbals and drums, but on both of these songs, he lets the trombone hold the tune while he applies brush to snare and swings like mad. The improvisations are more textural and open, but no less lucid or expressive. Consider "La Moretta," which is named for a drink made from layers of liqueur and espresso. The way it rises from slow growls and sculpted cymbal swells to an irrepressible soft shoe shuffle could well correspond to the social experience that arises from sharing a couple such drinks. And the playfulness doesn't end when Blaser stops laughing and starts blowing earthy, vocalized phrases over the drummer's rump-shaking beat on "La danse des ours." Same Place, Another Time is infused with the wisdom of experience and joy of good company."-Blaser Music
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