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Art of the Groove

Brent JensenAudio CD
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In 1986-87, Brent Jensen studied in New York City with jazz legend Lee Konitz on a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He was a featured winner of the "Woodwinds on Fire" international talent search conducted by Jazziz magazine (August 1996). Brent has performed with a wide variety of jazz artists including Gene Harris, Bobby Shew, Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson, John Bishop, ... Read more in Amazon's Brent Jensen Store

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  • Audio CD (May 18, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Origin Records
  • ASIN: B0001XAN12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Brent Jensen's playing is extraordinarily lyrical and melodic, elegant and sophisticated, and swings without being pretentious. - All Music Guide. Following the success of his two previous Origin releases, including "The Sound of a Dry Martini" (ORN #82396), featured on Jazzweek's Top 100 CD releases for 2002, North West alto saxophonist Brent Jensen explores the hardbop heyday of the mid-'60s with this CD. Featuring flugelhornist and composer Rob Walker and the Grammy-nominated New Stories trio, this CD explores a set of 7 Walker and Jensen originals and the standards "It Could Happen to You" and "You Go To My Head," all influenced and inspired by the bands of Miles Davis.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hardbop Keeps it's Cool Here April 17, 2007
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Brent Jensen is most well known for his award-winning recording, "The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond." In this 2004 release, Jensen is paired with flugelhorn player and composer, Rob Walker and Seattle's "New Stories" (Doug Miller-bass, John Bishop-drums).

There is a certain intensity that hardbop calls for, but listeners will engage in a broader spectrum than hardbop in his recording. As you listen to the album, eventually the West Coast stylings of Chet Baker come to mind as much or more than Miles.

The Groove has variations on the theme and both Jensen and Walker harmonize their themes with precision and patience.
I say "patience" because that is precisely what Jensen demonstrates in his solos. His use of negative space is often more conducive to improvisation than many student soloists realize.

The other secret to appreciating Jensen is his voicing. He rarely overstates his phrases, but uses a cool, calm pacific blue sound that invites the listener to hear his story.

Walker has his own characteristics picked up by other reviewers, so I will limit my comments to Jensen, since I am more familiar with his philosophy and recordings.

In the Art Blakey sense of the term, the Groove is still with us, but with the added upside of an occasional Latin groove and always a hint of Monk (Jensen rarely does a session without quoting Thelonious Monk, one way or another).

It is important for the listener to understand that Jensen is an educator, and will represent a style and expand upon it with a disciplined expression, while maintaining the stylistic integrity that defines his solos as his own.
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