Jasper Somsen Synergy Trio feat Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli

ACCLAIM FOR "A NEW EPISODE IN LIFE - Part I" (Challenge Records):

The poetic melodies seem to float over the soft breeze of Andre Ceccarelli 's drum sound, which gives the perfect texture for Jasper Somsen 's deep and dark bass sound. Jean-Michel Pilc 's imaginary musical realm and sense of dynamics is full of suprises. Even more impressive is the seemingly effortless interplay with Somsen and Ceccarelli. **** - Mischa Andriessen (TROUW, NL)

This French-Dutch trio sounds like they have been performing together for many years. The consensus is so strong it seems like Jasper Somsen wrote this music especially for this trio. From the beginning the music emerges as a masterpiece, in which the three musicians perform with an equal intensity. - Hans-Jürgen Linke (JAZZTHETIK, DE)

The exceptionally strong trio performs perfectly in balance. The recording quality is excellent. It's highly recommended to attend the concerts of this exciting trio. - David Cohen (JAZZENZO, NL)

From the very first start the musicians create a magical atmosphere. It’s a rich and energetic performance, the perfect amalgam for a music that’s highly personal. Poetic compositions … the seamlessly equal dialogue in three is characteristic for this album. A session at the highest level. We’re waiting impatiently for part two. MUSIC ZOOM (IT)

Wed April 5 - JUNUSHOFF, Wageningen (NL) | INFO

Thu April 6 - BIMHUIS, Amsterdam (NL) | INFO

Fri January 26 - PARADOX, Tilburg (NL) | INFO
Wed. January 31 - AZIJNFABRIEK, 's Hertogenbosch | INFO

It’s no coincidence Jasper Somsen’s third and fourth Challenge Records album features an international piano trio line up. Recent years performing and/or recording in trio with a.o. Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, John Beasley, Jeff Ballard, Justin Faulkner & André Ceccarelli, he is much sought after by (in particular) pianists. The former New York, now Montreal based French master pianist & composer Jean-Michel Pilc and one of Jasper's all time favorite French drummers André Ceccarelli joined him.

On July 11 and 12, 2016 the Jasper Somsen Trio planned to record one album at the MotorMusic Studios, Mechelen (Belgium). At the end of day one the entire album was already recorded. Challenge Records decided instantly to have the trio record their second album on day two.

Album two was recorded in only six hours. The first album contains all new original compositions by Jasper Somsen. The second album is a mix of free form improvisations and standards. The first five tracks of album two were recorded in one entire take. Most other tracks in one or two takes. Considering the fact that Jasper Somsen and Jean-Michel Pilc never performed or even met, before these recordings, it's clear that the trio is a very strong match. The music is an intriguing and exciting exploration in the hearts and minds of these three wonderful musicians.

December 4-10, 2017 | January & May 2018

01 Beneath The Surface (J.Somsen)

02 No News Is Good News Coming (J. Somsen)

03 Full Circles (J. Somsen)

04 Blue Lady (J. Somsen)

05 Parallel Reality (J. Somsen)

06 She Says, He Says (J. Somsen)

07 Corinaldo (J. Somsen)

08 When Hands Are Tied (J. Somsen)

09 Apparent Contrasts (J. Somsen)


Release Part I: March 10, 2017
Release Part II: October, 2017
Label: Challenge Records
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Cover photo: Carlos Villarroel - New Arts International
Photo Jasper Somsen: Arkady Mitnik