Samuel Blaser Quartet - Spring Rain
The Western Front
Time 8:00 pm
The Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser is known for blending progressive postbop with early music. With Spring Rain, he heads a tribute (recently released on Whirlwind) to the late, ever-stimulating jazz eccentric Jimmy Giuffre that has been hailed for its sophisticated combination of chamber-like austerity, simmering free improvisation and bluesy swing. The stellar lineup includes keyboardist Russ Lossing, bassist Masa Kamaguchi, and drummer Gerry Hemingway. Perhaps Grammy winning producer and Spring Rain artistic director Robert Sadin said it best: "In a world of trends and marketing plans, it is beautiful to encounter a musician who is dedicated to invention, to spontaneous interaction, to trudging on a road less traveled, or perhaps where no path exists at all. Surely this is the only solo trombone tribute to Jimmy Giuffre—as wonderful as it is unexpected. Samuel honors the intelligence and the concentration of the listener. The quality of his musical mind, his virtuosity... extraordinary. His colleagues on this journey weave ideas together with a sly subtle sense of conversation. And how wonderful is that?"