NEWS: JASPER SOMSEN & JEAN-MICHEL PILC
Duo album recordings in The Netherlands 2020/2021.
It’s no coincidence Jasper Somsen’s latest albums features internationally renowned master pianists. The last decade the Dutch double bassist/composer/producer performed and/or toured with pianists such as Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Lynne Arriale, John Beasley and Jean-Michel Pilc
Clearly a perfect match, the very first encounter with the Montreal based French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc resulted directly in two albums in just two recording days, collaborating with the French drummer André Ceccarelli. The first album is based on the original compositions by Jasper Somsen. The second album the musicians dig deeply into free form improvisations, sometimes ending up in a famous Jazz standard.
Their third album, as a duo, will be recorded in 2020/2021 in the Netherlands.
The music is best described as a highly organic, energetic interplay, full of contrasts, based on a variety of carefully structured musical forms. It’s an intriguing and exciting exploration in the hearts and minds of these wonderful musicians, from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
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. **** TROUW (NL)
Free anticipating interplay … a creative impulse leading to a chain reaction between these three improvising musicians. JAZZTHING (DE)
Concise interplay by a very interesting trio . An intriguing trio: intelligent, well balanced and often poetic. ****1/2 JAZZISM (NL)
The musicians seem to have agreed only on one thing: surprise each other, the listener and it is constant pleasure. The result is as different as it is intriguing. **** JAZZ MAGAZINE (FR)
From the beginning the music emerges as a masterpiece, in which the three musicians perform with an equal intensity. JAZZTHETIK (DE)
This trio has the power to surprise you at any given moment. A beautiful trio album. HI FI STARS (DE)
A powerful European trio at an international high class level. This carefully created album draws the attention of the listener as a magnet. JAZZFLITS (NL)
The exceptionally strong trio performs perfectly in balance. Fascinating from the very first to the very last note. Highly recommended. JAZZENZO (NL)
The interplay is exceptionally high class … One lingering composition followed by another one makes this album a true pleasure to listen to, over and over again. Recording two high quality albums in just two days’ time proves the excellence of this trio. ROOTSTIME (BE)
A spontaneous and flawless treat of inspired music. Sheer endless musical ideas and inventions. A great joy for both performers and listeners, all the way to the very end. JAZZHALO (BE)
RELEASE “A NEW EPISODE IN LIFE”: 2017 (Challenge Records)
(c) 2016 photos Carlos Villarroel – New Arts International