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Album Review

Jens Jefsen: Music Between Gigs

Read "Music Between Gigs" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Danish bassist Jens Jefsen returns with another bass-centric album which is definitely not “solo bass," a sequel to A Secret Sigh (Gateway Music, 2016). Like the previous album the music emphasizes melody--which Jefsen finds in standards, modern pop songs and his originals--and varied, colorful arrangements. Jefsen's “Esto Es Lo Mio" opens the set with a sprightly pizzicato double bass melody (accompanied by overdubbed bass and foot stomping). Guitarist Uffe Steen (a repeat guest from Sigh) contributes accompaniment and a comparably ...

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Album Review

Jens Jefsen & Martin Schack: Dust Shines

Read "Dust Shines" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


A wide variety of classic melodies are dusted off and given a fresh shine by the Danish duo of Jens Jefsen (acoustic bass) and Martin Schack (piano). Jefsen's previous album A Secret Sigh (Gateway Music, 2016) featured his bass playing, composing and arranging in the company of several supporting musicians. Here he and his partner present popular music--much of it not usually associated with jazz performance--in straightforward acoustic arrangements. “Can't Help Falling In Love With You" has a ...

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Album Review

Jens Jefsen: A Secret Sigh

Read "A Secret Sigh" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Veteran Danish bassist Jens Jefsen could be a one-man band, but instead he accomplishes a rare feat here: a bass-centric recording that does not sound like a “bass album." Each track includes multiple bass parts--pizzicato and arco--along with percussive bass sounds and other percussion by Jefsen. While this description may sound like an endless bass solo, the music is carefully arranged instead, with the bass often taking a lyrical lead role. And all but one of the tunes includes at ...

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Album Review

Jens Jefsen: Jam Me Up

Read "Jam Me Up" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Veteran Danish double bassist and educator Jens Jefsen, who performed with legendary jazz musicians as Ben Webster, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Johnny Griffin, gives a new meaning to the term “jam up." For Jensen, it does not mean malfunction or inefficiency but an opportunity to rethink his playing when guest musicians are put to the test playing his musical conceptions and aesthetics. Jam Me Up features Jefsen's recent compositions for solo double bass enriched by ...


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