Reviews that mention Ingrid Jensen

April 7, 2019

Ingrid Jensen/Steve Treseler

Invisible Sounds for Kenny Wheeler
Whirlwind Recordings WR 4729

Tiziano Tononi & The Ornettians

Forms and Sounds: Air Sculptures

Felmay fy 7058

Chris Pasin

Ornettiqueyye

Planet Arts 301820

Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors & Barry Altschul

Around Again – The Music of Carla Bley

TUM CD 054

Kresten Osgood Quintet

Plays Jazz

ILK Music ILK 28LP

Something In The Air: Saluting Musical Forbearers Without Replication

By Ken Waxman MORE

May 3, 2017

Darcy James Argue Secret Society

Real Enemies
New Amsterdam Records NWAM081.

By Ken Waxman

Taking the title as satirically as it’s meant to be, Real Enemies is an extended multi-media meditation on paranoia and conspiracy theories – and you can dance to it. Created by Vancouver-born composer Darcy James Argue and interpreted by 18 of New York’s top improvisers, the 13 tracks delve into all manner of 20th and 21st Century conspiracy theories ranging from subversive Communist threats to UFO sightings. Besides perceptive sonic pinpoints added by a slew of soloist, the thesis is amplified by narration taken from various books on the subject read by actor James Urbaniak as well as speeches and mediations on, and denials of, the subjects from figures as different as John F. Kennedy and Dick Cheney. As for the dancing part, when the band cuts lose on tracks such as “Dark Alliance” and “Casus Belli”, stuttering trombone blats from either Ryan Keberle or Mike Fahie evolving atop a Mambo-styled backbeat courtesy of Matt Clohesy’s electric bass thumb pops and Jon Wikan’s percussion slaps build up to a rhythm that’s half Motown and half-Mexican, allowing the music to swing, even despite ponderous speeches about 9-11 on the second tune. MORE

February 3, 2017

Artist Feature

Ingrid Jensen
By Ken Waxman

“I’m still a gun for hire as long as the music is good and the pay is right,” jokes trumpeter/flugelhornist Ingrid Jensen describing her recent career. But Jensen, 51, who was brought up in Nanaimo B.C., but lives in Westchester, N.Y., now has to spread her musical gun-slinging talents among a many locations. In demand as an instructor at various international jazz schools as well as teaching individual student, she is also a regular in-demand sideperson in large groups headed by the likes of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue plus smaller bands such as Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, not to mention her own groups, most featuring her husband, drummer Jon Wikan. One band she’s particularly invested in premiers its new CD, Infinitude (Whirlwind Records) at the Jazz Gallery this month. Besides guitarist Ben Monder, an associate from the Schneider orchestra, the other person in the front line is Jensen’s sister, Christine, a respected Montreal-based alto saxophonist and composer. MORE

July 10, 2013

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Brooklyn Babylon
New Amsterdam Records NWAM 048

The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra /Barry Guy

Schweben

Maya Records MCD 1201

Maria Faust

Jazz Catastrophe

Barefoot Records BFREC025

Collectivo Bassefere

Senza Alibi

Collectivo Bassefere 85015

SITA: Sophisticated Expression From Large Improv Ensembles

By Ken Waxman

Fuelled by innovation rather than nostalgia, composers and arrangers continue to utilize the sonic parameters of larger ensembles to help tell their stories in the most expansive way possible. Whether it’s exposing individual original compositions or organizing the sessions into a thematic whole, these vital CD demonstrate why a big band of is still favored as an expressive vehicle for both free-form improvisation and tightly plotted compositions. MORE