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by Jasper Blom

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    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

    Includes unlimited streaming of Polyphony via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    High quality, 6-panel digifile with 2 CDs and velvety soft-touch laminate finish

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Virelai 07:05
Fontayne 06:50
Homme Armé 09:31
Beatus Vir 05:44
Ciconia 08:19
Decidophobia 08:54
Running Gag 05:21
Whirl 04:13
Antidote 03:47



Disc 1 - Jasper Blom Quartet with Bert Joris

Jasper Blom – tenor saxophone
Bert Joris – trumpet
Jesse van Ruller – guitar
Frans van der Hoeven – double bass
Martijn Vink - drums

Disc 2 - Jasper Blom Quartet with Nils Wogram

Jasper Blom – tenor saxophone
Nils Wogram - trombone
Jesse van Ruller – guitar
Frans van der Hoeven – double bass
Martijn Vink - drums


Recorded at Bimhuis (2018) by Micha de Kanter of MiDeka Productions
Mixed and mastered by Misha de Kanter
Produced by Jasper Blom and Frans van der Hoeven
Executive Producer – Michael Janisch
Album Artwork Design – Sophie Moates
Photos – Anne Reinke
Cover Design Concept – Philip de Josselin de Jong and Annne Reinke


released January 25, 2019


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.

But Jasper Blom isn’t a musician for standing still: “A few years ago, I began experimenting with the idea of guest soloists, inviting US saxophonist Dick Oatts and the late Italian trumpeter Marco Tamburini. That started me thinking about the project in a more structural way.” His creativity is centered around a fascination with mediaeval polyphony. “It’s an intuitive process”, he reveals, “often starting with a fragment of, say, a 500-year-old manuscript, maybe only a couple of bars; and then I mold it, adding or removing elements.”

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.” The saxophonist revels in that extra voice to write for, more polyphonically, while maintaining improvisational space. “Most of my experimentation begins from the question, ‘What if…?’, with the band reinterpreting my ideas – an exciting way of getting beyond the realm of what I first imagined.” And that phrenology model on the album cover? Owned by a neuroscientist friend and displaying terms such as ‘ideality’, ‘contructiveness’ and ‘self criticism’, it’s seen by Blom as a metaphor or ‘road map’ for what musicians can encounter.

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). Soft ballad ‘Fontayne’ and percussively playful ‘Ciconia’ are derived from the works of 14th century Belgian composer Johannes Ciconia, while Bert Joris’s fluid trumpet phrases intertwine with a walking-bass swagger in ‘Guidonean Hand’ (referencing mediaeval theorist Guido of Arezzo).

‘Decidophobia’ introduces Nils Wogram’s deliciously bluesy, growling trombone; and more abstract expressions in ‘Running Gag’ and technically-demanding ‘Least of Your Worries’ run fast and hard with spiky, chromatic melodies and boisterous extemporization. Grooving ‘Macedonian Candidate’ produces lithe solos from Wogram and Blom, and the quintet’s more spacial ambiences are heard in dreamy ‘Nancy in the Sky’ and the attractively tiptoed tones of ‘Antidote’.

“I now think about my band as a flexible unit, either as a quartet or moving in all kinds of directions”, says Jasper Blom, “so it feels natural to have a fifth person there, and to work with a variety of timbres. It’s great to have the opportunity to take the listener into these different worlds in Polyphony.”


"The catalyst for the album was Blom's fascination with medieval polyphony and how it translates to twenty-first-century jazz... The two CDs are essentially different in tone and texture, characterised by Blom's clever and frequently complex compositions."
★★★★ All About Jazz

“The mastery of its melodious musical arcs gives free rein to the superb exchanges that capture all the energy of this album.”
Radio REC

“A wonderful combination of the composed and the improvise.”

Two atmospherically different sets recorded live... A beautiful album.”

“Joris fits right in, harmonizing seamlessly with Blom and taking solos that honor the group’s existing methodology... Wogram is a slightly noisier and wilder player, the music becomes slightly more abstract and high-energy, but all of this material is worth hearing.”

“Polyphony' should absolutely be savored as one whole.”

"This excellent quartet provides a solid foundation for each soloist to flourish."
Jazz Bulletin

“A brilliant double album showing why Jasper Blom is one of the most prominent, trend-setting performer/composers in the Netherlands.”
Medien Info

“In the precision of their interplay, the quartet has remained recognizable as various guests come and go…quite powerful, but stylistically confident in the idiom of postbop.”
Jazz thing

“Blom lives out a long-standing fascination with medieval polyphony…"Live At The Bimhuis" is a comprehensive demonstration of it.”

"The levels of musical skill on display are very high, and the realisation of the varied and challenging material is consistently successful."
Jazz Views

"Polyphony certainly boasts fine musicianship and an organic rapport."
DownBeat Magazine

"‘Polyphony’ displays the band at their absolute best... There’s something particularly special about the chemistry and dynamics formed between the quartet’s members when paired with Joris and Wogram that makes for compelling listening."
UK Vibe

"Over one hundred minutes of brilliant composition and improvisation."

"Polyphony's first opus offers refined and catchy music, full of character and served by musicians in tune!"
Jazz à bâbord

"Mixes up mediaeval polyphony, free bop, chamber cool and more angular contemporary jazz."
Jazzwise Magazine

“The quartet are flexible and supremely accomplished; their longstanding relationship is audible in the way they can pay attention to the smallest detail of texture and dynamic.”
Jazz Views


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