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Jazz, Contemporary
Whirlwind Recordings
October 28, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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Over the past twenty years or so, as trumpeter and saxophonist respectively, the West Canadian sisters have each shaped prolific careers in contemporary jazz, collaborating with influential names such as Clark Terry, Maria Schneider and Terry Lynn Carrington, working with large and small ensembles, and responding to various commissions to compose for jazz orchestras around the globe.

For their Whirlwind debut, the Jensens have realised a long-held ambition - to write for and perform in the more intimate setting of a quintet, combining their intuitive, sibling trust with the creativity of renowned guitarist Ben Monder and the foundational artistry of bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer Jon Wikan. The particular rapport within this grouping is expressed by Christine (composer of half of this album's material), describing the environment as being less about soloing, but with an emphasis on the question, "How are we all going to dive into this pool and swim together." The resulting immersion, recorded in the studio across two days, sounds both live and organic.

The conversational feel which pervades this album's sixty-eight minutes is illustrated in opening track "Blue Yonder", where Ingrid's mellifluous trumpet technique (sounded through her custom-created flugel-cupped mouthpiece and 'flumpet' bell) melds with Christine's warm, legato alto to conjure the aura of a wordless vocal. Such grace is echoed by the often understated though lynchpin presence of Ben Monder (whose effect is explained by Christine as "something which is intimate, yet full of the future"); and that same quiet fire is evident in grittier, rock-tinged "Swirlaround" and a freewheeling, even punkish interpretation of Kenny Wheeler's "Old Time".

Personnel: Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, effects, kalimba and melodica), Christine Jensen (alto & soprano saxophones), Ben Monder (electric and hammertone guitar), Fraser Hollins (double bass), Jon Wikan (drums)

Press Quotes

"(4.5 stars) It is the combined years of experience that render the communication amongst Infinitude's five players so fluid, so seemingly effortless and yet so intrinsically deep".

All About Jazz

"(4 stars) Echoes of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Kenny Wheeler shimmer through the material in a dreamy, ruminative fashion, giving a good sense of light and shade to the intricate compositions."

Jazz Journal

"(4 stars) Strong, folk-tinged melodies, spacious, austere harmony and slow-burn grooves that ebb and flow like the tide."

Irish Times


More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number WR4694
Barcode 5052442008354
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 60g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Blue Yonder 07:09
2. Swirlaround 08:28
3. Echolalia 09:18
4. Octofolk 06:52
5. Duo Space 05:37
6. Old Time 05:52
7. Hopes Trail 05:34
8. Trio Garden 04:18
9. Margareta 07:39
10. Dots And Braids 07:07