Recent years the Dutch double bassist/composer/producer toured frequently with a.o. Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Bob Sheppard, Justin Faulkner and Gabriele Mirabassi.
Signing up again with Challenge Records, Jasper Somsen and his favorite European drummer André Ceccarelli agreed on inviting the Montreal based French master pianist/composer Jean-Michel Pilc.
Clearly a perfect match, the trio’s very first encounter ever resulted directly in two new albums in just two recording days! All new compositions, by Jasper Somsen, can be heard on the first album. On the second album the trio digs deeply into free form improvisations, sometimes ending up in a famous Jazz standard.
The music is best described as a highly organic, energetic interplay, full of contrasts, based on a variety of carefully structured musical forms.
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The poetic melodies seem to float over the soft breeze of Andre Ceccarelli 's drum sound, which gives the perfect texture for Jasper Somsen 's deep and dark bass sound. Jean-Michel Pilc 's imaginary musical realm and sense of dynamics is full of suprises.
Even more impressive is the seemingly effortless interplay with Somsen and Ceccarelli.
**** - Mischa Andriessen (TROUW, NL)
This French-Dutch trio sounds like they have been performing together for many years. The consensus is so strong it seems like Jasper Somsen wrote this music especially for this trio. From the beginning the music emerges as a masterpiece, in which the three musicians perform with an equal intensity.
- Hans-Jürgen Linke (JAZZTHETIK, DE)
A powerful European trio at an international high class level. Jean-Michel Pilc's excentric and almost provocative style is joyful, organic, agile and full of contrasts: just wonderful! Andre Ceccarelli's very transparent playing adds the right accents at the right moments. Somsen's compositions are appealing and well thought-out. His playing blends the overall energy perfectly. This carefully created album draws the attention of the listener as a magnet. The release of Part II next autumn is already very promissing!
- Peter J. Korten (JAZZFLITS, NL)
The exceptionally strong trio performs perfectly in balance. The recording quality is excellent. It's highly recommended to attend the concerts of this exciting trio.
- David Cohen (JAZZENZO, NL)
From the very first start the musicians create a magical atmosphere. It’s a rich and energetic performance, the perfect amalgam for a music that’s highly personal. Poetic compositions … the seamlessly equal dialogue in three is characteristic for this album. A session at the highest level. We’re waiting impatiently for part two.
– MUSIC ZOOM (IT)
Underneath the very clear musical structures there’s a feeling of secretly made agreements between the musicians, which enhances the listener’s attention even more. The interplay is exceptionally high class, in which every instrument is equally represented - so common in the modern piano trio format. Pilc shows clearly he’s part of the absolute pianist’s elite. One lingering composition followed by another one makes this album a true pleasure to listen to, over and over again. It makes you long to hear part two as well.
- Jan van Leersum (ROOTSTIME, BE)
“Truly alive” is the right way to express this music’s very melodic and often dramatic atmosphere, emerging from the depth of music. Clearly the musicians have a wonderful time displaying their harmonic artistry in this Scandinavian inspired Jazz music.
– Wolfgang Giese (Musik an Sich, DE)
Poetic compositions performed by a tight and highly energetic trio. The deep bass sound of Jasper Somsen matches the rich imaginary playing by Jean-Michel Pilc and André Ceccarelli’s agililty perfectly.