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Big Bend RTS & Samuel Blaser: Aquarelle (PGP RTS)

Originally formed in 1948 under the name Radio Belgrade Entertainment Orchestra and transformed into a jazz big band in 1954, this enduring orchestra has invited some of the most legendary jazz performers as soloists and collaborators, here with Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser for an album of Blaser original compositions & arrangements performed under the direction of Ivan Ilic.
 

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Samuel Blaser-trombone

Dragoslav Freddie Stanisavljeic-trumpet

Marko Dordevic-trumpet

Vladimir Krnetic-trumpet

Nemanja Banovic-trumpet

Nemanja Zlatarev-trombone

Kosta Vukasinovic-trombone

Milos Radonjic-trombone

Ivan Platner-trombone

Maksim Kocetov-saxophone

Ljubisa Paunic-saxophone

Kristijan Mlacak-saxophone

Aleksandar Jacimovic-saxophone

Bojan Cvetinov-saxophone

Ivan Aleksijevic-piano

Goran Potic-guitar

Milan Pavkovic-double bass

Milos Grbatinic-drums

Petar Radmilovic-drums

Ivan Ilic-conductor


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Includes a 16-page color booklet of liner notes in English and Serbian, plus color photos and credits.

UPC: 8600278419454

Label: PGP RTS
Catalog ID: CD 419
Squidco Product Code: 34996

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Serbia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold w/ booklet
Recorded by Zoran Maric.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Big Band RTS was founded in 1948 under the name Radio Belgrade Entertainment Orchestra in the formation of a revue orchestra, and in 1954, with the separation of the string ensemble, it began work as a Big Jazz Orchestra (Big Band). For many years, the orchestra was led by eminent conductors, composers and arrangers: Mladen Bobi Gutesa, Vojislav Bubisa Simic, Zvonimir Skerl, Milivoje Mica Markovic, Dusko Gojkovic and Stjepko Gut. "Big Band RTS was founded in 1948 under the name Radio Belgrade Entertainment Orchestra in the formation of a revue orchestra, and in 1954, with the separation of the string ensemble, it began work as a Big Jazz Orchestra (Big Band). For many years, the orchestra was led by eminent conductors, composers and arrangers: Mladen Bobi Gutesa, Vojislav Bubisa Simic, Zvonimir Skerl, Milivoje Mica Markovic, Dusko Gojkovic and Stjepko Gut.

During its work and creation, the orchestra received exceptional awards and recognitions. At the jazz festival in Juan Le Pen, in 1960, the ensemble won the first prize. After its first tour, in 1957, the orchestra performed at famous world festivals (Tel Aviv, Montreux, Marseille, Thessaloniki, Munich), at several UNICEF concerts (Belgrade, Paris, Geneva) and always with exceptional success and highly praised reviews.

Over the years, the world's biggest names in jazz music have performed with the orchestra, such as: Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Maynard Ferguson, Tony Scott, Jerome Richardson, Ernie Wilkins, Alvin Quinn, Reggie Johnson, Eddie Henderson, Hank Mobley, John Hendrix, Roy Hargove, Brad Lilly, Diana Schur, Don Menza, Steve Toure, Ronnie Kuber, Randy Brecker, John Feddis, Chuck Findley... and also world show business stars such as: Ray Charles, Danny Kaye, Josephine Baker, Mireille Mathieu, Enrico Masias, Frida Lingstad (ABBA) etc...

The orchestra gave birth to a constellation of top soloists who are known and recognized in the world today (Mile Pavlovic, Bora Rokovic, Dusko Gojkovic, Lala Kovacev, Stjepko Gut). Ivan Ilic conducts the RTS Big Band today."-barikada.com(vita Google translate)

p> During its work and creation, the orchestra received exceptional awards and recognitions. At the jazz festival in Juan Le Pen, in 1960, the ensemble won the first prize. After its first tour, in 1957, the orchestra performed at famous world festivals (Tel Aviv, Montreux, Marseille, Thessaloniki, Munich), at several UNICEF concerts (Belgrade, Paris, Geneva) and always with exceptional success and highly praised reviews.

Over the years, the world's biggest names in jazz music have performed with the orchestra, such as: Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Maynard Ferguson, Tony Scott, Jerome Richardson, Ernie Wilkins, Alvin Quinn, Reggie Johnson, Eddie Henderson, Hank Mobley, John Hendrix, Roy Hargove, Brad Lilly, Diana Schur, Don Menza, Steve Toure, Ronnie Kuber, Randy Brecker, John Feddis, Chuck Findley... and also world show business stars such as: Ray Charles, Danny Kaye, Josephine Baker, Mireille Mathieu, Enrico Masias, Frida Lingstad (ABBA) etc...

The orchestra gave birth to a constellation of top soloists who are known and recognized in the world today (Mile Pavlovic, Bora Rokovic, Dusko Gojkovic, Lala Kovacev, Stjepko Gut). Ivan Ilic conducts the RTS Big Band today."-barikada.com(vita Google translate)


Includes a 16-page color booklet of liner notes in English and Serbian, plus color photos and credits.

Artist Biographies

"[...] 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 élan 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 François 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 today´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/)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Levee camp moan blues - I var. 6:39

2. Entre deux 7:22

3. Missing Marc Suetterlyn 7:26

4. Spooky 6:42

5. Color 8:21

6. Mouvements 4:57

7. The carpenter 7:28

8. Aquarelle 3:51

9. Levee camp moan blues - II var. 6:49

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