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Hilmar Jensson: Ditty Blei

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Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson is back. This time it’s personal.

Sorry, I’ve been watching movie trailers again. Anyway, this one is in motion just the same. Jensson follows up his 2002 disc Tyft with his unique extended guitar antics on Ditty Blei. Where his previous outing favored improvisation over melody, this disc showcases a bit more structure and groove.

Jensson adds bassist Trevor Dunn and trumpeter Herb Robertson to his Tyft lineup of Andrew D’Angelo and Jim Black and features his compositional skills. Like his work in Jim Black’s AlasNoAxis, Jensson’s playing will never be ...

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Hilmar Jensson: Tyft

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Once the line that demarcates musical genres has been erased, there ain’t no returning to the farm. Paris (or a virtual Paris) has been seen, and one can never be the same. So says Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson.

His trio with drummer Jim Black and saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo shares in the belief that creative music (once called ‘jazz’) cannot ignore post-millenium sounds: noise, samples, rock, and noise. Did I mention noise? Within the 47 minutes that is Tyft Messrs. Jensson, Black, and D’Angelo bring much disquiet into a chamber jazz setting. The three met ...



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