Released in the early autumn Samuel Blaser, one of the world’s great jazz trombonists gradually moving in from the avant garde hovering in and out of any one style, a Grachan Moncur III-type player, Spring Rain is among Blaser’s many albums and really catapulted the globetrotting Swiss musician centrestage in 2015.
On a classical/jazz label called Outnote, famed producer Robert Sadin has collaborated with Blaser as an artistic director, Sadin’s vision in the past a feature on such albums as Herbie Hancock's Gershwin's World.
Other details to save you looking them up include personnel, Samuel Blaser, trombone, with Russ Lossing, piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clavinet, Minimoog & Hammond B3; Masa Kamaguchi, double bass; and Gerry Hemingway, drums, harmonica. The guests are two very distinguished players: World Saxophone Quartet alto sax great Oliver Lake on two tracks, and the ex-Blakey Milesian Wallace Roney who you may recall was on the Grammy winning all-star A Tribute to Miles that also toured the world not long after Miles died in the early 1990s and who plays trumpet on two tracks. Blaser says he has “admired him since his youth.”
Recorded in studios in New Jersey and New York in January last year, the short video above provides a feel of the project in Blaser’s words, “a tribute to the blues.”