Samuel Blaser Quartet: As The Sea (2013)
French guitar titan Marc Ducret's winding, distortion-laced voicings add a bit of clamor and angst to the vibrant game-plan. On the flip side, Blaser's compositions are mosaics, and it's not largely about free-form riffing. The quartet can float like a butterfly or hammer motifs into submission. Hence "As The Sea, Part 4" is an extraordinary work, where Blaser unifies a breezy, lighthearted and off-the-cuff melody into challenging group-centric unison choruses via Frank Zappa-like cohesion and precision. With bluesy undertones and drummer Gerald Cleaver's swaggering pulse steering the midsection, the band mixes it up. However, Ducret offers a change of scenery by going on a relentless tear that equates to a musical supernova. Moving forward, the quartet revisits the primary theme for the finale.
Blaser's multifaceted dynamics and insightful compositional acumen sparks a massive body of knowledge, seasoned with the instrumentalists' impressive technical faculties and sympathetic treatments under the canopy. Indeed, a striking exposition from this nascent talent who artfully defies mainstream principles and packs a mighty punch along the way.
Track Listing: As The Sea, Part 1; As The Sea, Part 2; As The Sea, Part 3; As The Sea, Part 4.
Personnel: Samuel Blaser: trombone; Marc Ducret: guitar; Banz Oester: double bass; Gerald Cleaver: drums.
Record Label: Hatology
Style: Modern Jazz