Fourth Landscape by Samuel Blaser, Benoît Delbecq, and Gerry Hemingway has caused quite a splash both with the press and with radio. Although a late comer in 2013, the disc also appeared on several best of lists as a top 10 contender and as an honorable mention.
For example, in the January 2014 New York City Jazz Record, which listed Samuel Blaser as one of jazz’s artists of the year for 2013, Robert Iannapollo says, “While the music tends to be quieter and more circumspect, it does not preclude an energy that gives it its forward motion. And this trio finds a satisfying level of freedom within its structures.”
Most recently, Fourth Landscape received a CHOC, in France’s Jazzman magazine. A CHOC is the equivalent to a 5-star review in Down Beat – the highest rating that a recording can receive. An English version of the review should appear in Facebook and on the nuscope site in the weeks ahead.
Radio stations playing Fourth Landscape now include CHLY in Nanaimo, SFCR in San Francisco, CKUW in Winnipeg, CKUT in Montreal, WNUR in Chicago, Asheville FM in Asheville, North Carolina, and WHFR in Detroit. The disc is also receiving considerable airplay in Germany and France.
The origins of nuscope recordings began in 1998 to document daring, life-affirming improvised music with roots in jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, and modern avant-garde classical composition. The musicians who perform this music have the ability to stimulate, mystify, and move; they also have the gift to shatter preconceived perceptions of music and sound.
With sound artists such as Evan Parker, Georg Graewe, and others, nuscope recordings hopes to bring about fresh perspectives of improvised and related music. Although the music on the nuscope recordings label will vary—one thing remains consistent. That is, all of these musicians present their music, regardless of label, with added artistic value.