Calling from the Funkhaus

Though 18 Monologues Élastiques is, technically speaking, a solo album, it’s evident from the outset that Samuel Blaser was not alone during its recording. It opens with the sound of echoing footsteps, and Blaser’s trombone enters only after several seconds, a distant echo from somewhere far off. The steps quicken as the sound draws closer, making the track, “Appearance,” an act of discovery rather than a simple improvisation.

It’s an ideal entry point for listeners, drawing them in along with

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