Oostum [Vinyl 1LP, limited edition 300]

  • Kod: NBLP112
  • Producent: NoBusiness Records
  • Wykonawca: Samuel Blaser / Gerry Hemingway
  • Nośnik: Vinyl 1LP
  • Cena: 85,99 zł
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Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
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allaboutjazz.com * * * *
Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser has developed a productive partnership with drummer Gerry Hemingway since the American's relocation to Switzerland. Hemingway also forms part of the latest incarnation of Blaser's Quartet as well as his Consort In Motion outfit, heard on A Mirror to Machaut (Songlines, 2013). Such alliances stand the pair in good stead as they embark on the spontaneous duet heard on Oostum, recorded in church in the eponymous village during the 2015 version of the quintessentially Dutch Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour (Summer Jazz Cycling Tour).

As always the stripped-back format encourages unalloyed exchanges, and in these expert hands, that's what you get over seven jointly-birthed pieces. Blaser, who has become one of the most talented trombonists on the scene, takes a finely-nuanced approach which contrasts passages of springy melodicism with occasional multiphonic chorales. Hemingway maintains a loose momentum tinged with meter, calling on his years of experience to select the most appropriate strategy at any given point. In fact they each find just the right sounds to match the other, as evident in the sudden central climax of "Mettle," erupting from almost inaudible beginnings, before returning to furtive susurrations to finish.

The sense of narrative in that same cut also highlights another of this set's merits. As bandleaders and composers in their own right, both men often create form through their improvisations leading to satisfying end results. "Balloon" furnishes a further example of empathetic listening as Blaser's suitably churchy lyricism shifts up and down the gears, paced by Hemingway's pattering undertow. But whatever the tempo, the two engaging personalities shine through in these unhurried conversational outings. The limited edition LP is also available as a download, including an extra track, the sprightly "Moons," which comes across as a flag-waving finale in this rarefied atmosphere.

freejazzblog.org * * * *
Since the early days of this blog, more than 11 years ago, we have reviewed only three trombone and drums duo albums. Indeed, the number of albums are rare with this line-up. And now we have this great duet between two masters of their instrument, Gerry Hemingway on drums and Samuel Blaser on trombone. This is not the first duo recording with a percussionist for Blaser, who released "Vol a Voile" with his compatriot Pierre Favre in 2010.

The performance was recorded live three years ago, in the Kerkje van Oostum, in Groningen in the Netherlands, one venue of the bicycle tour summer jazz festival. The little church originally dates from the 13th Century.

The opening track is surprisingly calm, as if both musicians are measuring the space in which they perform, and barely a whisper leaves their instruments, hesitating and sensitive to explore the environs, a kind of welcoming minimal disruption of what already is. Hemingway starts the second track with more gusto, creating a rhythmic foundation for more voiced and lyrical playing. Yet interestingly, they open things up again on the third track. A bluesy solo by Blaser expands with timbral and multiphonic explorations. Hemingway joins with first implicit, then clearer rhythmic patterns, turning the sad beginning into a more playful and almost funky interaction with the horn.

They keep changing the approach, changing the expectations between lyrical interplay and sonic explorations, between raw free improv and jazzy soloing, including even atmospheric and solemn singing in a dialogue with vulnerable trombone sounds. They change between sad and joyful moods, between calm moments and they end with a great and intense powerful finale.

It is a real joy to hear these two musicians interact. The music is fresh, rich and a little like a crackling fire, vivid and moving, yet at the same time soothing and inviting to dream.
By Stef

Dusty Groove
A really great setting for drummer Gerry Hemmingway – an album that has him improvising live with trombonist Samuel Blaser – a fantastic musician who's one of the freshest trombone talents we've heard in years! In previous comments, we've liked Blaser to a modern day heir to the genius of 60s trombonists like Roswell Rudd and Grachan Moncur – and those words definitely hold true here, as Blaser delivers a wondrous balance between new sounds and tuneful moments, fresh ideas and a longer tradition on his horn – all in ways that make Hemmingway sound even more creative than usual. The album features six duets, all recorded live in a church during a jazz festival in the Netherlands

Depending on the chosen measurement marker, free improvisation in its modern Western guise is now well over half-century extant as a means of musical inquiry. That longevity means that the days when pairings of instruments were considered radical or ungainly purely on the absence of measurable precedence are long gone. The tandem of trombone and drum kit may not be common, but examples are readily procurable. What remains singular is the pairing of Samuel Blaser and Gerry Hemingway with such instrumentation. OOSTUM documents on vinyl a concert between the Swiss and the American at Groningen, Netherlands in the summer of 2015. Six pieces, three to a side, serve as chapters in the amicable colloquy. The duo starts from near silence and the dynamics remain wide for the duration with Blaser tracing thematic fragments against a gliding wash of colors and textures from Hemingway. Bowed cymbals match and contrast with the metallics of plungered brass to build a striated horizontal structure of drones. Soon after, it’s mallets on toms vying with pursed, slide-driven murmurs in a loping processional. It being Blaser, there’s also a fair bit of humor as with the Doppler gutbucket shenanigans that color the Side A-closing “Balloon”. Instruments and their implementers prove an optimal match.
by Derek Taylor

New York City Jazz Record
Oostum is a series of trombone and drum duets with Gerry Hemingway recorded in 2015. He and Blaser have been working in a number of configurations since the turn of the decade. For Oostum, recorded in a church in the Netherlands, free improvisation is the order of the day. Their rapport is obvious from the opening moments of this disc. “Mettle” seemingly begins with dynamic marking of “ppp”, slowly increasing in volume with Blaser blowing long extended tones and Hemingway bowing his cymbals, sounding like an electronic counterpart. “Rogue” finds Blaser building the piece through deft use of harmonics and mute work; Hemingway’s role consists of subtle but effective punctuation. “Kerkk” is probably the most straightforward piece once Hemingway sets up a steady pulse, Blaser blowing melodic phrases over the top to great effect.
by Robert Iannapollo

Samuel Blaser - trombone
Gerry Hemingway - drums

A1. Mettle
A2. Bloos
A3. Balloon
B1. Spoor
B2. Rogue
B3. Kerkk

wydano: 2018-02
nagrano: Recorded live on the 29th August, 2015 at the Kerkje van Oostum, Groningen, The Netherlands by Bart Schulz / The Church was one of many venues of the 2015 Zomer JazzFietsTour
Mastered by Arunas Zujus at MAMAstudios

more info: www.nobusinessrecords.com
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