Samuel Blaser: Routes - Music of Don Drummond
Inspired by the legacy of Don Drummond, trombonist Samuel Blaser gathered a gang of greats to create the ultimate Jamaican repertoire. ROUTES is the result of their musical camaraderie, anchored in the musical tradition of the island and firmly rooted in jazz. With his brand new group consisting of Alex Wilson on keys, Hammond and melodica, Ira Coleman on bass, Dion Parson on drums, Michael Blake on tenor sax and Soweto Kinch on alto and vocals, one could argue that Blaser has successfully rounded up the ultimate lineup to present Jamaican jazz to a larger audience. But Blaser wouldn’t be Blaser if he didn’t ask himself: why stop there?! And thus, the ambitious musician and winner of the 2019 European Jazz Award as well as the 2021 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll (“Rising Star Trombone”) decided to expand his efforts even further.
ROUTES features a blend of Don Drummond classics and reggae, ska and jazz-infused originals, with guest performances by Carroll Thompson, dubs by the late-but-great Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and a full-on t-bone section for a newly arranged version of Drummond’s Green Island. It is a project that breathes Blaser’s hallmark grace, humor, and instrumental mastery, while celebrating the input, background and talents of his musical companions. ROUTES is an adventure, a party and a celebration, and you’re invited.
Release Date: June 16, 2023
Catalog Number: YEB-7837
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Samuel Blaser
Performer: Heiri Känzig, Samuel Blaser, Alex Wilson, Alan Weekes, Ira Coleman, Dion Parson, Soweto Kinch, Michael Blake, Edwin Sanz, Carroll Thompson, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Steve Turre, John Fedchock, Glenn Ferris, Johan Escalante, Jennifer Warthon