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Ingrid Jensen: Viking Spirit

Read "Ingrid Jensen: Viking Spirit" reviewed by Jason Crane

For years, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen wanted to bring together her friend, pianist Maggi Olin, and her sister, saxophonist Christine Jensen, for an album celebrating their shared Nordic ancestry. That album is Flurry (ArtistShare, 2007), by their band Nordic Connect. It's another deep and moving recording from the Juno-Award-winning Jensen. All About Jazz contributor Jason Crane talked with Jensen about the Viking feeling, the long road to her present success, and whether or not Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer and Bobby Shew ...

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Nordic Connect: Flurry

Read "Flurry" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen's profile has risen on her featured soloist work with the Maria Schneider Orchestra. She has her own career as a leader--her At Sea (ArtistShare, '06) garnered several glowing reviews on this website. Her Nordic Connect outing, Flurry should lift that profile to the highest level.Jensen has teamed with her sister, alto saxophonist Christine Jensen, pianist Maggi Olin, drummer Jon Wikan and bassist Mattias Welin. All of the band members have a genetic “connect" to the ...

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Ingrid Jensen: At Sea

Read "At Sea" reviewed by Russ Musto

Ingrid Jensen's ArtistShare debut offers a fresh insight into a worldly trumpeter already established as a formidable player in the hard bop idiom. On At Sea she embarks on a journey into the often treacherous territory of post-Miles electro/acoustic jazz (where other trumpeters' individual voices are frequently eclipsed) and proves that she is a truly original composer.

Dispensing with the customary front-line foil of a saxophonist, Jensen surrounds her sound with Geoff Keezer's orchestral keyboard accompaniment. The title track is ...

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Ingrid Jensen: At Sea

Read "At Sea" reviewed by Jim Santella

With her latest recording, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen shares her interpretation of several fresh originals and two jazz standards. Jensen pays close attention to her instrument's tone quality and achieves only the best.

But it takes more than a quick listen to hone in on the genuine spirit that the trumpeter and her sidemen convey on At Sea. Dreamy landscapes come intertwined with hot trumpet romps and mellow flugelhorn cascades that paint vivid pictures. Impressions abound. Jensen's horn lets ...

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Ingrid Jensen: At Sea

Read "At Sea" reviewed by John Kelman

In writing about trumpeter Ingrid Jensen's Here on Earth, I concluded with this thought: “While Jensen's style is distinctive, and she is a capable leader who surrounds herself with performers who understand the importance of interplay, one walks away... feeling that there is more to be seen, that she has yet to deliver a definitive statement.

With At Sea she delivers that definitive statement. While she shares compositional credit with others, including band mate/keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer and Cole Porter, there's ...

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Ingrid Jensen: At Sea

Read "At Sea" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Trumpeter/flugelhornist Ingrid Jensen continues to impress with At Sea, her fifth album since 1994. She has done many sessions as a sideman and made several appearances on the BET Jazz Channel; not only is she a composer and bandleader, but also an educator. At age 25, she was the youngest professor at Austria's Bruckner Conservatory. Through the assistance of her friend and orchestra leader Maria Schneider, Jensen is now affiliated with ArtistShare.

The strategic mix of At Sea ...

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Ingrid Jensen: At Sea

Read "At Sea" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

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 ...

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Ingrid Jensen: Here on Earth

Read "Here on Earth" reviewed by Ken Franckling

From her arrival on the New York City jazz scene ten years ago, it was clear to those listening closely that trumpeter Ingrid Jensen was blessed with a fresh, confident sound and versatile musicality. She had followed studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music with three years of teaching and performing in Europe. And she'd spent some of that time being mentored by the late Art Farmer.

Because of her power, grace and consistency, it is only fitting that the ...

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Ingrid Jensen: Here on Earth

Read "Here on Earth" reviewed by John Kelman

In recent times trumpeter Ingrid Jensen has been voted by Down Beat as one of the “25 most important musicians of the future." These kudos are based in no small part on a small but growing body of work that shows her to be a performer of remarkable depth. Now Canadian label Justin Time, recently associated with the German Enja label, has seen fit to reissue her second recording as a leader. Here on Earth , from 1996, shows a ...

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Project O: Pushing Creativity, Hoping for Longevity

Read "Project O: Pushing Creativity, Hoping for Longevity" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Jazz music is ultimately about trying to develop one’s own sound and identity with which to use to express creativity, bare oneself artistically in an atmosphere of improvisation and communication. The masters have always portrayed that and practiced it, even if today’s record companies don’t always espouse it. But there are musicians out there on that quest. And among them is Project O , a relatively new group, formed by young musicians who are trying to make a difference, making ...

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Ingrid Jensen and Project O: Now As Then

Read "Now As Then" reviewed by Jim Santella

The familiar groove of the organ trio returns with Ingrid Jensen's newest release. Her resounding trumpet and mellow flugelhorn carry a message that jazz will grow from its tradition of syncopated swing and creative improvisation toward a fresh formula that keeps the best elements on board, while adding virtuosic individual displays and a cohesive ensemble interplay.

Trumpet and saxophone give Project O a classic front line flavor that has been espoused by many memorable straight-ahead quintets throughout jazz's ...

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Ingrid Jensen: Higher Grounds

Read "Higher Grounds" reviewed by David Adler

Ingrid Jensen is a young trumpet/flugelhorn marvel who assembled a stellar lineup for her third Enja CD, Higher Grounds. With Gary Thomas on tenor sax and flute, David Kikoski on piano and Fender Rhodes, Ed Howard on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums, you know the session is going to burn hot. From the invigorating melody of Lewis's “Seventh Avenue"--executed with stunning precision by the entire ensemble--to the gorgeous straight-eighth groove of Maggi Olin's “Land of Me," this CD packs ...


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