Jasper Somsen 2 (c) 2012 Marcel van den Broek - Challenge RecordsDutch double bassist & composer Jasper Somsen (1973) studied Jazz and Classical double bass at the conservatories of Utrecht and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. During his career Jasper has performed with some of the very best musicians at the (inter)national jazz scene, a.o.: Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Bob Sheppard, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gabriele Mirabassi, Bert Joris, Bert van den Brink, Ramón Valle, Toon Roos, Karel Boehlee, John Engels, Yuri Honing and Eric Vloeimans.

Albums as a leader at Challenge Records:

2010: "Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry" (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi)  - Jasper Somsen Group
2013: "Sardegna" - Jasper Somsen Group
2017: "A New Episode In Life" part I - Jasper Somsen Trio featuring Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli
2017: "A New Episode In Life" part II - Jasper Somsen Trio featuring  Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli

Jasper performes world wide, can be heard on more than 30 albums and is frequently invited as a guest teacher at the conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Arnhem.


Ocean of Wisdom (J. Somsen) - From the Jasper Somsen Group album: "Sardegna" (2013)

PRODUCER
Since the release of his first album in 2001, Jasper Somsen has been deeply involved in studio productions both as a performer and a (co-)producer. In about fifteen years he produced six albums as a leader of which four were released at Challenge Records. As a (co-)producer he frequently collaborates with many smaller and larger audio and video productions.

CHALLENGE RECORDS
In 2016 Challenge Records offered Jasper to take the lead as producer for a new series of international Jazz releases, starting off with the releases of his two new trio albums, with Jean-Michel Pilc and André Ceccarelli, in 2017.


DISCOGRAPHY

  • As a performer & (co-)producer

2017
Jasper Somsen Trio feat. Jean Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli: "A New Episode In Life part II"
(Challenge Records)
Jasper Somsen Trio feat. Jean Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli: "A New Episode In Life part I"
(Challenge Records)
2013
Jasper Somsen Group: "Sardegna"
(Challenge Records)
2010
Jasper Somsen Group: "Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi)"
(Challenge Records)
Willem Hellbreker/Frits Landesbergen Saxvibes: "It's Allright With Me"
(Baileo)
2009
Trio Bert Lochs feat. Lydia van Dam: "Live" (Music Under Construction)
Maud Nellissen's Film Orchestra The Sprockets: "The Three Must Get Theres (Max Linder)"
(DVD - Lobster)
Before - 2006
New Standard Trio: "Nightshift Thunder"
(New Standard Records)
New Standard Trio: "Footsteps (The Music of Sting)"
(New Standard Records)
TETTERO: "Unicycle"
(Independent)

  • As a sideman

2017
Pieter Bast ESP "title t.b.a."
Christian Doepke Trio feat.  Bob Sheppard: "Patience"
Vera Naus: "Young Heart"
2016
Willem Hellbreker Quartet: "Balanced Action"
(Hellbreker)
Luca Gianquitto: "Nibiru"
Jan Verwey Trio: "Dream Dancing"
(OAP Records)
Enrico Pieranunzi Trio: "European Trio"
(Jazz Italiano Live)
JD Walter & the Michiel Buursen Trio: "Standards at Qubic"
(Qubic Music)
Maurice Rugebregt & Jasper Somsen: "Two's Blues (a tribute to Jim Hall)"
(MauRecords)
2015
Enrico Pieranunzi Trio: "Tales From The Unexpected"
(Intuition/WDR)
2014
Michiel Buursen Trio: "Awakenications"
(MBM&P)
Pieter Bast ESP Quintet: "Midnight Song"
(Buzz Music Records)
2010
Maria Markesini: "Jazz at the Concertgebouw 4"
(Radio Netherlands Worldwide)
Willem Hellbreker/Frits Landesbergen Saxvibes: "It's Allright With Me"
(Baileo)
2009
Trio Bert Lochs feat. Lydia van Dam: "Live"
(Music Under Construction)
Maud Nellissen's Film Orchestra The Sprockets: "The Three Must Get Theres (Max Linder)"
(DVD - Lobster)
2008
Michiel Buursen: "Dualogy (The Music of A.C. Jobim)"
(MBM&P)
2007
Trio Bert Lochs: "Mouth Pieces"
(Music Under Construction)
Trio Jan Pilon feat. Myrte Buys: "Architects In Jazz (The Music of Ellington & Strayhorn)"
(New Standard Records)
Before - 2006
Trio Jan Pilon feat. Eline Gemerts: "Is You Is"
(Independent)
Maud Nellissen's Film Orchestra The Sprockets: "Domzien In Verwondering (750 anniversary of the city of Utrecht)"
(DVD - 't Hoogt)
Frido Ter Beek: "Ahuila Maguilé"
(Alfajor Records)
Bert Lochs Inquisitive Quartet (BLIQ): "BAQ"
(Music Under Construction)


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Photo: Marcel van den Broek, New Arts International