"... an event that was enormous fun for performers and listeners alike. A clear point victory for the moment, ..."Jazzthing, 24-10-2023
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.
... an event that was enormous fun for performers and listeners alike. A clear point victory for the moment, ...
This Jasper Somsen Invites covers standards by Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Nat Adderley, Jerome Kern, Wayne Shorter. And it’s very beautiful.
Le Soir, 07-2-2024
The twinkling Rhodes from Den Brink adds a certain likeable atmosphere to the record and Van Der Feen provides a certain Paul Desmond-like poeticism in key moments.
You feel how Van der Feen stands on his toes to get the most graceful sounds from his saxophone. Harmony and melody characterize the chosen beautiful standards. Somsen steps into his double bass, serving and regularly playing an engaging solo. Van den Brink is in the flow of the concert and the realization that he wants to please his audience is recognizable.
Not a single musician is shy of a fine improvisation, the trio glows with inspiration and the 7 tracks are just as many glittering musical conversations, balanced and with a lot of respect and space for each other. The Vintage Vibe gives these arrangements a very hip, modern sound, and the joy of playing vibrates straight from the speakers to your ears and heart. A beautiful and refreshing CD!
Jazz & Mo', 01-12-2023
A super realistic recording that booms lifelike from the speakers. Bizarre sound quality and, with regard to the music, phenomenal.
Music Emotion, 01-12-2023
...something really special happened in Wageningen between the three musicians. Van der Feen's flowing warm tone is as archaic as it is intoxicating. Somsen mostly plays serving, but often takes the trio to unexpected places. And Van den Brink's electric 'vintage vibe piano' swings so strongly in Work Song, for example, that the audience rightly has to applaud. Jasper Somsen Invites is not an innovative album, but it is one that you play much more often than you initially thought.
De Volkskrant, 30-11-2023
The alto saxophonist sounds classical, a bit like an early Lee Konitz and certainly not like Bird. Van den Brink – here behind the electric 'Vintage Vibe Piano' - is a dazzling virtuoso but plays serving and nourishing in the ensembles. Somsen has the skills in all registers that you expect from someone who regularly - such as in duos and trios with Enrico Pieranunzi – fils the Scott LaFaro role. However, he can also 'walk' briskly when desired.
An album with a welcome freshness, the kind of session you want to hear more of.
It perfectly reflects the atmosphere and spontaneity of the concerts in Loburg, the concert was recorded in one take and the result is impressive.
An album of welcome freshness, the kind of session that we ask for more.
... His superb interpretations of different tones reinforce this musical line, creating a delicate cohesion.
radio rec france, 02-10-2023