A lustrous double album showcasing just why Jasper Blom is one of the Netherlands’ most prominent, forward-thinking saxophonist-composers in contemporary jazz. ‘Polyphony’ documents two sold-out live concerts from his quartet at Amsterdam’s BIMHUIS in collaboration with two special solo artists – trumpeter Bert Joris and trombonist Nils Wogram.
Blom has been performing in different line-ups for over twenty years with guitarist Jesse van Ruller, bassist Frans van der Hoeven and drummer Martijn Vink; and as this band since 2006, they have released four studio albums. The first set features the quartet’s longtime friend Bert Joris; and Nils Wogram, in the second set, has been on Blom’s radar for years as a particularly original player, composer and improviser: “I’m a fan, and his freer approach is a good match for my music.”
Across more than 100 minutes, these 16 tracks deliver a polychromatic throng of styles and influences – from mellow dual horns and gyrating guitar in ‘Walz for Magnus’ to pop-mediaeval ‘Virelai’ (after Guillaume de Machaut).
Personnel: Jasper Blom (tenor saxophone), Bert Joris (trumpet), Nils Wogram (trombone), Jesse van Ruller (guitar), Frans van der Hoeven (double bass), Martijn Vink (drums)
FORMAT: High quality, 180 gram, 12” 2x Gatefold LP (4 sides of music – A, B, C, D) – comes with download code containing the digital album in multiple formats.
LP 1: Waltz For Magnus / Guidonean Hand / Virelai / Fontayne / The Lady And The Unicorn / Homme Arme / Beatus Vir / Ciconia
LP 2: Decidophobia / Running Gag / Nancy In The Sky / Macedonian Canditate / Least Of Your Worries / Monk Fish Cleopatra / Whirl / Antidote