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.
Instead of writing the liner notes for the first album’s booklet, multi Grammy nominee John Beasley (pianist/composer) decided to write a short poem, inspired by every composition.
The music & poetry is an intriguing and exciting exploration in the hearts and minds of these wonderful musicians, from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Jasper Somsen, Bass
Double Bassist/Composer/Producer Jasper Somsen (The Netherlands, 1973) studied Jazz and Classical double bass at the conservatories of Utrecht and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. During his career Jasper performed and/or recorded with some of the very best musicians at the (inter)national jazz scene, a.o.: Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Bob Sheppard, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gabriele Mirabassi, Bert Joris, Bert van den Brink, Ramón Valle, Toon Roos, Karel Boehlee, John Engels, Yuri Honing and Eric Vloeimans.
Albums as a leader at Challenge Records:
2010: "Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry" (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi) - Jasper Somsen Group 2013: "Sardegna" - Jasper Somsen Group 2017: "A New Episode In Life" part I - Jasper Somsen Trio featuring Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli 2017: "A New Episode In Life" part II - Jasper Somsen Trio featuring Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli
Jasper performes world wide, can be heard on more than 30 albums and is frequently invited as a guest teacher at the conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Arnhem.
JEAN-MICHEL PILC, Piano
A United States resident for almost two decades, Paris native Jean-Michel Pilc taught himself to play piano. Before moving to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean he toured all over Europe, participated on numerous recordings and film scores. In New York City he formed a trio with bassist François Moutin and drummer Ari Hoenig, performing at renowned venues as the Blue Note, Iridium, the Knitting Factory and Sweet Basil. In 2000, Jean-Michel Pilc won the prestigious French Django Reinhardt Award. His trio released three highly acclaimed albums: “Live at Sweet Basil, NYC vol. 1 & 2” and “Welcome Home”.
Signing up with the label Dreyfus Jazz Jean-Michel Pilc recorded another five albums, between 2003 and 2007, which features his extended work “Trio Sonata”, solo recordings and two trio albums with bassists Thomas Bramerie, Boris Kozlov and drummers Mark Mondesir and Billy Hart. After his collaboration with Dreyfus Jazz Jean-Michel Pilc reunited his first legendary trio, in 2011. Jean-Michel Pilc is renowned as an excellent teacher, appointed at Music Faculty of the NYU Steinhardt. He published several educational books and DVDs about the art of Jazz improvisation. In 2013 he was granted a Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, in the category “Music Composition”. Recently he released his third solo album for Sunnyside Records and formed a new trio with bassist Ira Coleman and drummer Victor Lewis.
ANDRÉ CECCARELLI, Bass
André Ceccarelli was born in Nice, France, on January 5th, 1946. The son of a musician, Ceccarelli started his career at the age of 16 when he joined the rock group "Les chats sauvages". Right after that he became a member of the orchestra led by Aimé Barell and toured Italy with "Les Pyranhas", a group of R&B. In 1970 he moved to Paris where he had the chance to show his talent by playing Jazz Clubs and by working as a much-in-demand studio musician.
He has performed as a sideman with the best French songwriters and singers (Gilbert Becaud, Charles Aznavour , Henri Salvador, Claude Nougaro), with international blues and soul stars like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, with arrangers-composers like Michel Legrand and Lalo Schifrin and with many jazz legends (Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Eddy Louiss, Didier Lockwood, Richard Galliano, Bireli Lagrene, Bob Berg, MIke Stern, Richard Bona, Michael Brecker). In the last decade he collaborated extensively with David Linx, Stefano Di Battista and Enrico Pieranunzi.
In 1993 Ceccarelli's record "Hat Snatcher" was awarded with the "Django d'Or" and in 1998 he received from Sacem (the French copyright company) the "Grand Prix" for jazz. In 2005 he was appointed "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and in 2012 he received the prize "Victoire de Musique" with the group "Troc".
André Ceccarelli has recorded 18 albums as a leader. He decided to record his very last one in 2013. In this cd, titled "Ultimo", he performs with a Symphony Orchestra and with six singers. Ceccarelli plays currently as a sideman in many of his favorite projects.
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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)
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