The Wall Street Journal interviewed Chris Jentsch in May 2009 for an article
entitled: Not Your Grandpa’s Big Bands. The published article used
just a few excerpts from the full interview and featured Jentsch as well
as colleagues Darcy James Argue and Dave Binney.
link to article: Wall Street Journal
link to the unexpurgated interview: Wall Street Journal Interview
NewMusicBox.org interviewed Chris Jentsch on the occasion of the American Composers
Forum Grant Announcement in 2002. The published article used just a few excerpts from the full interview
and featured Jentsch as well as the other eleven composers selected for the grant.
link to the actual article:
link to the unexpurgated interview:
New Music Box Interview
Perhaps my most extensive interview to date:
Chris Jentsch: Cycles and Reflecting on the Journey
By Ludwig vanTrikt (2010)
Short interview with Jazz & Tzaz interview (Greek magazine)
Jentsch displays contemporary guitar mastery throughout [his CD Media
Event]. When you think of the traditions of the guitar in the late 20th
century, ‘emotion’ is the word that is often conjured. For
Jentsch, add intellect, substance, and style to that guitar-emotion
– a delicacy and charm that spans the history of the music.
Skilled NYC electric guitarist recalls Bill Frisell's more aggressive
side, both in his use of effects (distortion, delay, volume pedal) and
in his jarringly inserted open-string notes. His work in acoustic settings
ranges from straight-ahead and boppish to intense and driving, without
ever getting totally "out."
Chris Jentsch is the most versatile and creative young guitarist I know
of. His solid grasp of the jazz guitar tradition and strong personal
musical vision are a rare combination. [His groups develop] a great
rapport. On Media Event there is a lot of very high level playing going
Chris has the whole jazz and contemporary guitar scene covered, and is
a great composer and arranger as well. ...a thoughtful player like Ed
Bickert, only more contemporary. ...creative, fresh, very plush harmonies
and new but very approachable melodies. Chris has a wonderful way of
being outside but very inside at the same time. This stuff has to be
heard and performed.
… a very promising guitarist. On Exploring the Planet Jentsch fires
up his electric for a snaky, delay decorated solo. All kinds of cool
noises come out of Jentsch’s guitar.
[Jentsch's composition] Open the Bombay Doors wails... [with] Jentsch's
super crunchy guitar fuzzing away between the lines.
Clearly influenced by much of the history of
jazz, Chris' music also embraces folk music from around the world, exploratory
rock music textures, music of the ECM record label, and European Concert
Music (particularly the Romantic and Twentieth Century periods). This
eclectic mix similarly informs his personal approach to guitar playing
which runs the gamut between Jimi Hendrix and Jim Hall.