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Featuring Jentsch Group No Net, Topics in American History is an hour-long chamber jazz work that abstracts Jentsch's impressions of various episodes in American history such as pre-Colombian North America, the Lincoln/Douglas Debates, and Manifest Destiny.
Michel Gentile (fl, afl), Michael McGinnis (cl, bcl), Jason Rigby (sop, ten), David Smith (trp, flg), Brian Drye (trb), Jacob Sacks (pno), Chris Jentsch (gtr), Jim Whitney (bs), Eric Halvorson (per), JC Sanford (con).
"(Jentsch) writes lavish suites – which he then plays with remarkable terseness and attention to detail. His narratives are vivid and often very funny. His latest, Topics in American History, couldn’t be more relevant. "
“This is not a jazz guitar album; it’s an outstanding piece of jazz-classical fusion that achieves the elusive goal of offering the best of both worlds.”
- Rick’s Pick | New Releases for Libraries [scroll down]
The Aquarian - Rant ’n’ Roll [scroll down]
StepTempest - Richard Kamins [scroll down]
JazzBluesNews - Simon Sargsyan [Topics... era interview -some unusual questions]
Rick’s Pick - New Releases for Libraries [scroll down]
Dee Dee McNeil / MusicalMemoir’s Blog [scroll down]
Ken Waxman - JazzWord
Neon Jazz | YouTube [Topics... era audio interview]
ArtMusicLounge - Lynn René Bayley
New York Music Daily
AllAboutJazz - Doug Collette [scroll down]
AllAboutJazz - Troy Dostert
FOREIGN PRESS [with rough translations]
Tuesday Lunch With Abe [Topics... era live radio interview] NEW!
...more Topics... reviews HERE
Topics in American History by Christopher Jentsch and Jentsch Group No Net has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America's 2015 New Jazz Works Program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
An epic CD/DVD package with a short live set video, alternate takes, slide show music vids, mash ups, a hi res FLAC version of the audio CD, and more, featuring Matt Renzi (tenor sax, clarinet, and alto flute), Jim Whitney (bass), and John Mettam (drums).
"(On Fractured Pop) Jentsch re-examines some of the same tunes that appeared on his large ensemble outings with a lean quartet... The title track, for instance, has a whole web of guitars, from acoustic strumming on the intro to clean electric lines played in unison with Renzi’s sax on the intricate head to Jentsch’s distortion-laced guitar solo. The moody and atmospheric ‘Radio Silence’ also makes use of crafty guitar overdubs throughout...‘Are You Bye?,’ Jentsch’s clever contrafact of ‘Bye Bye Blackbird,’ is underscored by Mettam’s supple brushwork and culminates in some fiery call-and-response between sax and guitar at the tag.... ‘Route 666,’ a hard-hitting groover with angular lines, is fueled by bassist Whitney and sparked by a twisted distorto solo from Jentsch.... Tenor sax and distorted guitar lines weave together near the end of ‘Meeting at Surratt’s’, building to an ecstatic crescendo.”
— Bill Milkowski (from the liner notes)
Editor's Choice - HighResAudio.com
- Woodrow Wilkins
- New York Music Daily
- Jazz Podium
- Jazz Weekly
- The Vinyl District
- Fabrizio Dadò (Axe Magazine)
- MidWestRecord [scroll down]
- Howard Mandel NEW!
Substantial interview at Guitar Club
Commissioned by The New York State Council on the Arts and premiered in NYC at The Kitchen, composer/guitarist Chris Jentsch’s Cycles Suite featuring Mike Kaupa is a meditation on one’s own life cycle and the important connections with the cycles of others.
"The interesting thing is that he's using avant-garde techniques, but in a traditional framework…”
– Will Friedwald (New York Sun)
“In its scope and detail and eternally recurring inner logic, Cycles Suite may be the Finnegans Wake of big-band jazz. …a moving and elegiac journey through complex emotional terrain.”
- Richard Gehr (from the liner notes)
- Wall Street Journal review
- Lucid Culture blog
- Cadence Magazine review
- Jazz Inside review
- Will Friedwald, NY Sun
- Chuck Graham - tucsonstage.com
- Richard Kamins - Hartford Courant
- Jazz.com track review: “Route 666”
- Sunday Inquirer (Philadelphia)
- Jordan Richardson blog
- Michael J. West - Washington City Paper
...more Cycles Suite reviews HERE
Cycles Suite was commissioned by the Individual Artists Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, was made possible in part through the sponsorship of The Field, and was partially developed during a residency at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.
Commissioned by American Composers Forum and premiered in NYC at Symphony Space, composer-guitarist Chris Jentsch’s Brooklyn Suite is a feature for his electric guitar sounds and textures that combine with the colors of the large ensemble to musically depict the composer’s life since he moved to Brooklyn in 1999.
Reviews at AllAboutJazz.com:
...more Brooklyn Suite reviews HERE
Jentsch conducts large jazz ensemble compositions
in a live concert recording featuring the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. Rare CD Bonus Track included from the Blue Schist archives.
"Top Ten Selection/Autumn 1999 and Winter 2000..."
- WXXI Jazz Overtime
"As a composer, he has written large ensemble pieces that
fall in a Gil Evans/Maria Schneider vein."
(Jentsch's Miami Suite) is contemporary jazz expression at
the very finest!