Samuel Blaser - Early in the Morning - feat. Oliver Lake (CH/US/FR/ES/DK)

As far out a festival as the Jazz Happening is, we wouldn’t have it, as we wouldn’t have jazz and rock generally, without the blues. That’s why it is especially great to get to experience trombonist Samuel Blaser’s latest project, where he digs into old delta blues from free jazz angle. For his aid in this challenging task he has called a very special guest: free jazz elder Oliver Lake, who in one way or another has always mirrored that concept in his own works.

Born in Switzerland but settled in Berlin via New York, Blaser has grown with astonishing speed from a straight-forward hard bopper into an innovative and ever new ground searching composer, who is now recognized as one of the most creative trombone players. He has so far made 13 albums with different line-ups from solo upwards and all of them have been highly praised.

Using mostly alto but also soprano and flute, Oliver Lake is a founder member of the legendary World Saxophone Quartet. His cosmically inclined free has always been more or less grounded by a deep understanding of the roots of the African-American music tree. His recorded catalogue with various bands is vast with the accent changing from avant-garde to funk.

“Blaser’s bold arrangements juxtapose avant-garde concepts with ancient traditions.”

All About Jazz

  • Samuel Blaser - trombone
  • Oliver Lake - alto saxophone
  • Benoit Delbecq - piano
  • Masa Kamaguchi - bass
  • Peter Bruun - drums

“Blaser’s bold arrangements juxtapose avant-garde concepts with ancient traditions.”

All About Jazz

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