Swiss trombonist and composer Samuel Blaser regularly returns to the structural principle experimented by the great Paul Motian within various orchestral settings, which consists in not having a double bass in order to make its vacant place both the driving force and the paradoxical pivot for the development of an authentically collective discourse. Joined by New York pianist Russ Lossing and drummer Billy Mintz, he offers here a series of themes that take advantage of this dynamic of emptiness, in a melodic, highly coloured and full of contrasts music, making the link between the abstract, lyrical chamber jazz of Jimmy Giuffre through its sense of improvisation, and a harmonic vocabulary drawn from various sources of 20th century art music, whether European or American.
This concert marks the release of Samuel Blaser's double album Roundabout / Triple Dip on the Jazzdor Series label.
Concert presented in partnership with AJC - Pro Helvetia
Samuel Blaser, trombone
Russ Lossing, piano
Billy Mintz, drums