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Chris Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History

Read "Topics in American History" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Guitarist Chris Jentsch's newest project is a suite that treats various periods of American history to a somewhat skeptical, alternative viewpoint. It doesn't attempt to tell a chronological story but instead hopscotches through topics like the Civil War, Westward Expansion, the Cold War and post-World War II suburban sprawl with a constant sense of unease and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

It All About the Sax with Kyle Nasser

Read "It All About the Sax with Kyle Nasser" reviewed by Nick Davies

This show features an interview with saxophonist Kyle Nasser talking about his career in music. We also discuss his latest album Persistent Fancy, which looks at where people originate from which can be different to where they live. As this is a jazz show there is lots of new music and some tracks from the archives ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History

Read "Topics in American History" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Brooklyn-based guitarist / composer Chris Jentsch writes with clear images in mind and invites the listener to see and hear them as he does. On his sixth and latest CD, Jentsch draws on a longstanding interest in historical events and trends to describe in musical terms Topics in American History ranging from 1491 (the year before ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History

Read "Topics in American History" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Don't let the album's title fool you. Guitarist/composer Chris Jentsch's Topics In American History isn't a disguised syllabus for a college seminar. Jentsch's liner notes reveal an abiding interest in American history, but his modus operandi is to use pivotal aspects of the nation's past as springboards for creative, immersive music. Although using just a nine-piece ...

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Jentsch Group Quartet: Fractured Pop

Read "Fractured Pop" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Chris Jentsch is a guitarist who, from the evidence of this recording, enjoys splashing around in the wide pool of music between jazz and rock. His work here goes all the way from grooving hardcore jazz to ambient nature sounds with a lot of fun things going on in between those two poles.

The ...

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Sheryl Bailey: A New Promise

Read "A New Promise" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

A New Promise by Sheryl Bailey is an outstanding work from a guitarist (and a rare release from a female jazz guitarist) who can run with the big dogs, in this case a big band ensemble. While her confident and stylish chops might suggest the phraseology of Kenny Burrell or Pat Metheny, she has a unique ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Guitarist/Bandleader Chris Jentsch Interviewed at AAJ

Guitarist/Bandleader Chris Jentsch Interviewed at AAJ

John Coltrane once said, “Let the music speak for itself." The guitarist/composer and band leader Christopher Jentsch adds an interesting twist on that subject by opting to describe himself when asked about the broader subject of how to capture his music in his own words. “I think of myself as a composer/guitarist working with contemporary improvisational ...

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Chris Jentsch: Cycles and Reflecting on the Journey

Read "Chris Jentsch: Cycles and Reflecting on the Journey" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

John Coltrane once said, “Let the music speak for itself." The guitarist/composer and band leader Christopher Jentsch adds an interesting twist on that subject by opting to describe himself when asked about the broader subject of how to capture his music in his own words. “I think of myself as a composer/guitarist working with contemporary improvisational ...

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Chris Jentsch: Cycles Suite

Read "Cycles Suite" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista americano Chris Jentsch ci prende gusto con l'idea della suite. Dopo un primo lavoro dedicato alla città di Miami e un secondo dedicato al quartiere di Brooklyn (per leggerne la recensione clicca qui) adesso arriviamo alla conclusione del trittico con questo lavoro davvero ben riuscito che non è ispirato dal mood di una location geografica ...

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Large Ensembles: Is There a Place in This Large Music World?

Read "Large Ensembles: Is There a Place in This Large Music World?" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The big band in jazz has a long and glorious history. It was a prevalent form in jazz music in the '20s and '30s, comprising a substantial part of America's popular music heard on radio, spun on gramophones and record players, and enjoyed in dance halls. It gave rise to iconic band leaders like Fletcher Henderson, ...