JASPER SOMSEN – SYNERGY (special guest: Bob Sheppard) is the Dutch double bassist’s very first project with two equally strong line ups, both available in the US/CANADA and EUROPE. The brand new quartet will perform the latest original repertoire by Jasper Somsen. Before dedicating himself to the double bass (at age 16), Jasper played piano, drums and guitar. So, it’s no wonder that exactly 30 years later the Dutch double bassist/composer/producer prefers to go back to the sounds he grew up with. All these musicians are masters in lyricism and harmonic textures, based on a very strong sense of rhythm, time and direction, fitting perfectly the well crafted compositions by the bandleader.

Special guest Bob Sheppard and Jasper Somsen go back to 2013. After meeting at JazzAhead (Bremen, Germany) they became friends and toured/recorded in the Netherlands and Los Angeles in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Jasper was the initiator, bassist, composer and co-producer of  Sheppard’s highly acclaimed album “The Fine Line” (Challenge Records – 2018).

JASPER SOMSEN – SYNERGY (EUROPE)

JASPER SOMSEN (NL) – Double Bass
LAGE LUND (NOR/US) – Guitar
CHRISTIAN PABST (GER/NL) – Piano
JANUS TEMPLETON (DK) – Drums

JASPER SOMSEN –  SYNERGY (US/CAN)

JASPER SOMSEN (NL) – Double Bass
YOTAM SILBERSTEIN (ISR/US)- Guitar
JEAN-MICHEL PILC (FR/CAN)- Piano
T.b.a. – Drums

SPECIAL GUESTS: BOB SHEPPARD – Sax

Somsen’s features a punchy dancing tone while never losing the questing feel or dancing emotions the whole journey suggests.
– 
The New York City Jazz Record (USA)

Jasper’s soaring lyricism and deep swing places him among today’s finest European double bassists.
– 
Larry Abrams (USA)

Somsen his expertise is in tonal purity and a full sound. He caresses the sound as it journeys into an inner consciousness of imagination.
– Marlbank (UK)

JASPER SOMSEN – SYNERGY is world wide available for concerts and masterclasses.

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(c) photo: Carlos Villaroel (Challenge Records)