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Sardegna

Jasper Somsen Group

Sardegna

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917336122
Catnr: CR 73361
Release date: 31 January 2013
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Challenge Records
UPC
0608917336122
Catalogue number
CR 73361
Release date
31 January 2013

"No new roads are being traveled, but the teamwork sounds as natural as a good conversation."

Jazzism, 13-5-2013
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Jasper Somsen, a talented jazz bassist and composer from the Netherlands, has worked with Enrico Pieranunzi, Ferdinand Povel, Rita Reys and Nancy Marano among others, performing regularly throughout Europe. He put together his current quintet in 2009. The Jasper Somsen Group consists of Bert Lochs on trumpet and flugelhorn, guitarist Florian Zenker, pianist Tilmar Junius, and drummer Pieter Bast plus the leader. They recorded their debut Dreams, Thoughts and Poetry a few years ago for the Challenge label.

The quintet’s second CD, Sardegna, is dedicated to the island of Sardinia. The 11 selections, nine by Somsen, one from Lochs, and a group improvisation (“Cala Luna”), cover a wide range of musical ground. The first two numbers, “Mia Nefertiti” (which is in 5/4 time) and “Sardegna,” are rhythmically tricky although the musicians sound effortless during the ensembles and the solos. Other selections include haunting ballads that are quietly emotional and a bit reminiscent of an ECM recording (the touching “The Loss Of Innocence,” and “Lost And Found”), a couple of brief bass solos that act as transitions between pieces, the atmospheric “Cala Luna,” and a trio of hotter upbeat pieces (“Lotus,” “One For Paolo” and “And They All Disappeared”) that bring out the best in the soloists. Lochs (who occasionally recalls Kenny Wheeler), Zenker, and Junius all take thoughtful and meaningful solos, drummer Bast displays versatility, and Jasper Somsen makes every note count.

Sardegna is a fine sampling of high-quality and inventive modern jazz.

Scott Yanow


SARDEGNA is a profound personal narrative about the way the course of life changes. The short stories on this album are about the search for the meaning of life, the loss of dear ones, love, friendship and songs that are just songs, because they are … just songs.

Track 8 "One for Paolo" is dedicated to the Sardinian trumpet player and composer Paolo Fresu:

What connects The Netherlands and Sardinia, Italy? And what connects Jasper Somsen, his poetic music and this fascinating Mediterranean island?

"For Jasper, I assume, this connection is based more on an emotional and personal level. But, we can also connect The Netherlands and Sardinia from a different perspective, by drawing together people and personal narratives, from the past and present, using the universal language of the arts. Some of the Sardinian names, as stated in this booklet, are musicians who moved to Amsterdam and The Hague, in order to gain more recognition – which is hard won in Italy. Being stubborn, obstinate and headstrong (a typical Sardinian mentality) they are firm in wishing to embed the ancient and rich Sardinian musical tradition into other musical traditions. In doing so these musicians affirm that Sardinia is continuously in touch with the rest of the world and not just a somewhat remote island in the Mediterranean Sea. They treasure the still vivid ancient traditions of the “Mare Nostrum” - the origin of all Western civilization.

For contemporary jazz musicians it is a natural process to head forward and to leave the Sardinian traditions behind, in order to develop a personal musical language. Often cultural heritage, nostalgia and new open forms of expression collide within our music. Although not impossible, it is odd that a jazz musician from abroad dedicates an album to our island. However, if it is true that music is a universal language, then for certain there are many ways to comprehend and express it.

Contrary to a more philological or didactic approach, this album is merely a reference to the rhythm of life on our island – which can be heard in some of the eleven original compositions. In particular, the title track “Sardegna” refers to a traditional Sardinian dance (Ballo Sardo) introduced by an ostinato rhythmic pattern, played by the drums. “Cala Luna” is a soundscape which expresses the sandy beaches and a calm sea at sunset. The first composition mentioned represents the element earth, the second: water - both elements so deeply connected within the Sardinian soul and representative of the ever complex relationship between the island and the mainland.

The other compositions do not only refer to Sardinia itself, but are much more connected to the vast history of European and American jazz, and maybe to another island yet to be discovered… An island created by passion, imagination and poetry. Akin to other migrants to Sardinia, exploring our island, so also does Jasper by releasing this album: being able to create new memories and to whisper new destinations in our ears."

Paolo Fresu, Luxembourg, October 2, 2012
SARDEGNA is a profound personal narrative about the way the course of life changes. The short stories on this album are about the search for the meaning of life, the loss of dear ones, love, friendship and songs that are just songs, because they are … just songs.


Track 8 "One for Paolo" is dedicated to the Sardinian trumpet player and composer Paolo Fresu:

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Jasper Somsen (double bass)

Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He is an open minded versatile musician. Best known as a Jazz musician his field of interest and expertise also includes cross overs to classical, pop, world and film music and theater productions. Jasper has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband, Gabriele Mirabassi and Paolo Fresu. Besides a performer and composer, Jasper Somsen is a Challenge Records artist and a renowned studio producer. Jasper performs world wide and can be...
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Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He is an open minded versatile musician. Best known as a Jazz musician his field of interest and expertise also includes cross overs to classical, pop, world and film music and theater productions.

Jasper has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband, Gabriele Mirabassi and Paolo Fresu.

Besides a performer and composer, Jasper Somsen is a Challenge Records artist and a renowned studio producer. Jasper performs world wide and can be heard on more than 45 albums, video and film music scores. Outside a busy playing and studio producing schedule he is an educator at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem (NL) and the general director of the foundation Cultural City of Wageningen, in his hometown.


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No new roads are being traveled, but the teamwork sounds as natural as a good conversation.
Jazzism, 13-5-2013

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