On At Sea, Ingrid Jensen continues to cement her reputation as one of the finest players on the trumpet and flugelhorn. She carries a firm grip on the dynamics into the lair of invention to mine some resplendent nuggets, adding mood and atmosphere to make the music throb with vitality and spirit. Jensen draws from a wide palette here. The arc of the music moves from deep, taut ballads to bright, sunny tunes that sparkle. The final layer of beckoning comes from the communication among the musicians.
Jensen bares the soul of "There is No Greater Love with emotionally gripping playing, getting into the pith of the melody and opening it with riveting heartfelt passion. She wastes not a moment, wanders for not a note. Pianist Geoffrey Keezer, who understands where the core of a tune resides, complements Jensen with his understated but lyrical playing, giving the structure a becoming adjunct.
As Jensen sails across the head of "Everything I Love, there is no indication of what is to come, jumping up from the rich lore of the Afro-Pruvian landó. Jensen invests a sensual line that slithers enticingly. Hugo Alcázar enriches the body with an array of rhythm instruments that bring in the shimmy and the shake. And as the song moves on, Jensen bites in, her tone getting more pronounced, churning and then calming the storm with a temperate modulation. Serenity wafts across "At Sea, but even in the calm come storms. Jensen shifts whorls and roiling notes in midstream, before completing the circle with a virtuosic grace.
The first record I bought was Miles Smiles. Having been a drummer since age two, hearing a young Tony Williams opened up so many possibilities for a 14 year old church drummer. My life changed that day and I've never looked back!