Jasper Somsen

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Jasper Somsen, Photo: Carlos Villaroel

Biography

Jasper Somsen is a Dutch jazz musician (double bass, composition) and producer.

Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He collaborated amongst many others with Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Lynne Arriale, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, E.J. Strickland, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband and Gabriele Mirabassi.

Besides a performer, Jasper Somsen is a renowned studio producer. Being both the bassist and/or producer he was responsible for the latest highly acclaimed albums by Enrico Pieranunzi, Bob Sheppard, Lynne Arriale and Jean-Michel Pilc for Challenge Records International. As a leader he released “Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry” (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi – 2010), “Sardegna” (2013) and the albums “A New Episode In Life, part I & II” (2017).

Jasper ‘s long time friendship and collaboration with the Portuguese vocalist Maria Mendes got awarded with the Dutch EDISON 2020 for the album “Close To Me” (Maria Mendes feat. John Beasley and the Metropole Orkest). The arrangement of the famous fado “Asas Fachadas” got an American GRAMMY 2021 and a Latin GRAMMY 2020 nomination.

Jasper performes world wide and can be heard on more than 40 albums. Outside a busy playing and studio producing schedule, Jasper divides his time between composing and teaching. Since 2001 he live performed and recorded many film music scores.

Current Album

Enrico Pieranunzi - Common View

Enrico Pieranunzi - piano
Jasper Somsen - double bass
Jorge Rossy - drums

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After more than 30 concerts and many excellent reviews about their first trio albums “Tales From The Unexpected” and "European Trio", the Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and the Dutch double bassist Jasper Somsen recorded their third trio album with the Catalan drummer Jorge Rossy: “Common View”. The new album is an equal and refreshing collaboration featuring these three masters both as performing artists and composers. Three totally different lives, characters and backgrounds collide as one “Common View”. Release Challenge Records, produced by Jasper Somsen.

Throughout his career the Dutch double bassist/composer/producer Jasper Somsen has collaborated with some of the very best musicians at the international jazz scene, amongst others: Peter Erskine, Eric Marienthal, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Lynne Arriale, JorgeRossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, EJ Strickland, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband, Gabriele Mirabassi, Bert Joris, Ramón Valle, Yuri Honing and Eric Vloeimans, Maria Mendes, Tania Kross, Pacho Flores, Daniel Freiberg and the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra.

Enrico Pieranunzi has long been one of the best-known and appreciated personalities on the European jazz scene. Pianist, composer, arranger, he has recorded more than seventy CDs under his own name, ranging from solo piano to trio, and from duet to quintet. He has played in concert and in the studio with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron, Paul Motian, Chris Potter and Charlie Haden, performing at all the most important international festivals, from Montreal to Copenhagen, from Berlin to Madrid. Pieranunzi's formative years embraced both classical and jazz piano, and the influence of Debussy is readily apparent in the lush romanticism at the heart of his music.

Jorge Rossy is internationally recognized as one of the most influential drummers of his generation. His sideman work includes over 80 recordings with renowned jazz musicians Brad Mehldau, Ethan Iverson, Kevin Hays, Albert Sanz, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Steve Swallow, among many others. Jorge has also toured with some jazz greats including Charlie Haden, Wayne Shorter, Lee Konitz, Carla Bley, and Joe Lovano.

Besides his work as a drummer, Jorge has a distinctive voice on the vibes, marimba and piano, and a unique sound as a composer and bandleader. Since his first CD under his own name, Jorge Rossy Trio Wicca (Fresh Sound), recorded in 2006, Jorge has recorded 12 albums as a bandleader or co-leader, to critical acclaim from publications such as Jazz Times, Downbeat, Jazz Around, and All About Jazz.

Discography

  • Common View, Jasper Somsen, Enrico Pieranunzi, Bert Joris, 2020
  • Chimes of Freedom, Lynne Arriale Trio, 2020
  • Close To me, Maria Mendes, 2019
  • The Fine Line, Bob Sheppard, 2019
  • Give Us These Days, Lynne Arriale Trio, 2018
  • A New Episode In Life Pt. II, Jasper Somsen Trio, 2017
  • A New Episode in Life Pt. I, Jasper Somsen Trio, 2017
  • Tales From The Unexpected, Enrico Pieranunzi, 2015
  • Sardegna, Jasper Somsen Group, 2013
  • Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry, Jasper Somsen, 2010

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