Wisconsin singer Jill Jensen's first album features the guitar of Jack Grassel which is a perfect foil for Jensen's soft, sensuous vocalizing. Often singing with a breathy style, Jensen enters into that vocal domain whose major inhabitant is the hushed one, Peggy Lee. Other times, Jensen becomes assertive such as on a swinging "You'd Be so Nice to Come Home to". This cut spotlights the vibes playing of Rick Embach and a gentle drum solo by Ernie Adams. Irrespective of tempo or mannerism, Jensen puts a special stamp on each of the seven songs on the agenda. "I'm all Smiles", a song favored by Betty Carter, is done waltz style with Jensen's vocals lagging behind Grassel's guitar.
A problem with the album is that there isn't enough of it. Jensen has a pleasant voice with good diction and phrasing and more than average range which she uses to good effect. But with just 30 minutes of playing time, it's unduly rationed. Next time the menu needs to be fuller. If you're willing to overlook the parsimonious playing time, this album is very much recommended. Visit Jill's Internet home at www.jilljensen.com and Jack Grassel's at www.jackgrassel.com.
Track Listing: Where or When; You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to; It Had to Be You; I'm all Smiles; One for My Baby; Skylark; Witchcraft
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.