Ingrid Jensen: Here On Earth
The title tune is Colligan's composition; his dreamy overlapping piano tones blend appropriately with Jensen's sweetened flugelhorn timbre. The comparison with Miles Davis and Woody Shaw is immediately apparent. In the liner notes, Jensen indicates that another of her role models is trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. She refers to him as "the most underrated trumpet player today."
"Time Remembered" features vocalist Jill Seifers; Jensen wrote the lyrics and shares the melody on flugelhorn. Together with the pianist, they produce a moody dreamlike scene that recalls the original Bill Evans touch. Seifers maintains a low profile, preferring to blend her smooth alto voice with the flugelhorn. Seifers also appears on Kenny Wheeler's "Consolation," where she sings wordless vocals in unison with Jensen's flugelhorn and later stretches out for a marvelous wordless improvisation.
Bouncing with a muted trumpet on "You Do Something to Me" Jensen offers a reminder of why she's considered a hard bop trumpeter. With alto sax and piano supplying a quirky harmonic structure unlike that originally constructed by Cole Porter, the trumpeter spins through the familiar tune. One hand plays the straight and narrow while the other hand explores new territory. Gil Evans' "Time of the Barracudas" begins with an unaccompanied introduction by bassist Dwayne Burno and sets the stage with a lengthy Fender Rhodes romp. Jensen's open trumpet weaves quickly and fluidly through the registers with ease. Her pure tone and rapid interval leaps play a large role in the ensemble's success with this classic piece. Likewise, Jensen's honest up-front manner with the horn makes the entire session an item of value. Recommended.
Track Listing: Shiva's Dance; Woodcarvings; Here On Earth; Time Remembered; You Do Something to Me; Time of the Barracudas; Ninety-One; Consolation; Fallin'; Avila and Tequila.
Record Label: Enja Records