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Christine Jensen Ingrid Jensen – Infinitude New CD

By 31 January 2017No Comments
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Each month, the Quebecers Jazz site and Couleurs Jazz  collaborate by offering articles, texts and respective contents! Here is CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez* on « Infinitude »

In the introductory notes, jazz critic James Hale relates to the feeling of nordicity, dear to pianist Glenn Gould. In a certain way, he’s perfectly right, because the Jensen sisters, Christine Jensen, on the alto sax, and her sister Ingrid Jensen on the trumpet, are the embodiement of a Canadian brand of jazz that stretches from Vancouver to Montréal, with a side order of NY. This is also a tribute to a few of our local giants, such as pianist Paul Bley and guitarist Sonny Greenwich, ok that should give you a hint about Infinitude, an album devoted to jazz and all that it entails including know-how and lots of time…

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To add to the soundscape the two sisters invited guitarist Ben Monder, as well as bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer John Wikan. Like a magnetic pole, Christine Jensen blows modern riffs that could recall Shorter. Ben Monder’s playing is powerful and his presence is far from useless. Sometimes a rock riff, he reminds me right away of a certain Robert Fripp (King Crimson), the connection is made in between all. Giving it all she’s got, Ingrid quickly finds her space on the trumpet, with electrified accents reminiscent of Miles, playing a mesmerising tonality, almost metaphoric. Take your time to listen to this work for attentive ears. I bet you they’ll play the Mtl Jazz Fest.

Tracklisting :

1 – Blue Yonder (C. Jensen)

2 – Swirlaround (C. Jensen)

3 – Echolalia (B. Monder)

4 – Octofolk (C. Jensen)

5 – Duo Space (I. Jensen)

6 – Old Time (K. Wheeler)

7 – Hopes Trail (I. Jensen)

8 – Trio – Garden Hour (C. Jensen)

9 – Margareta (C. Jensen)

10 – Dots And Braids (I. Jensen)

But in the meantime, it’s the NY launch of Infinitude at the Jazz Gallery, Friday, Feb. 17th @7:30pm

(*) Christophe Rodriguez is also jazz, classical and book columnist/blogger at the Journal de Montréal



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