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Articles and Reviews ____________________________________________________

Composers and their favorite big band records…
…was the subject of a DownBeat feature article by Frank-John Hadley for which my remarks were solicited along with almost 200 other composers. The resulting article is available on page 40 of the April 2010 DownBeat digital edition.

Concert Review/Jentsch Group Quartet (June 2009)
LucidCulture reviewed a live videotaping session as part of the In Context series.

Context Studios page and Jentsch Group slide shows…
…for the live videotaping event reviewed above. When given the arrow in the center of each slide show, click to expand. [Scroll down for the second slide show.]

Jentsch on Retrospective Series
A DownBeat feature article by Jon Ross on my activities circa June 2010.

Large Ensembles: Is There a Place in This Large Music World? feature on large Jazz ensembles (August 2009). Fairly lengthy piece on contemporary big bands by R.J. DeLuke with my comments interspersed with those of many of my colleagues who run other bands.

Concert Review/Jentsch Group Large
(February 2008)
Will Friedwald of the NY Sun on the Cycles Suite premiere.

Brooklyn Suite Press

DownBeat Magazine
Alex Henderson, AllMusic (with more sound clips)

Brooklyn Suite reviews at AllAboutJazz:
Graham L. Flanagan
Mark F. Turner
Jack Bowers (scroll down for review)
Michael P. Gladstone

> More Brooklyn Suite Press



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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 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)

Other Reviews and Quotes _______________________________________________

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 definition – 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 on.
Bill Dobbins (Faculty, Eastman School of Music)

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.
Gene Bertoncini

… 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.
CADENCE Magazine

[Jentsch's composition] Open the Bombay Doors wails... [with] Jentsch's super crunchy guitar fuzzing away between the lines.
CADENCE Magazine

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.
Ron Miller

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