Wed Nov. 8, 2017

Ingrid & Christine Jensen w/ Ben Monder 'Infinitude' (CAN/USA)

Ingrid Jensen: trumpet, effects, kalimba and melodica
Christine Jensen: soprano, alto saxophone
Ben Monder: guitar
Fraser Hollins: bass
Jon Wikan: drums

Led by Canadian jazz giants Ingrid Jensen trumpet/effects and Christine Jensen saxophone, Infinitude has the “rare distinction of being able to simultaneously combine tranquility with rhythmic vibrancy, coalescing in a near hypnotic fusion of tone and colour. A rare delight” (AllAboutJazz). Few talents could reckon with the concept of boundless possibility at the centre of their music, but in a quintet setting featuring renowned guitarist Ben Monder (Paul Motian, Theo Bleckmann), and the foundational artistry of Fraser Hollins bass, and Jon Wikan drums, the Jensens find a captivating conversational rapport full of texture, daring and grace.

Infinitude – the concept of boundless possibility – is at the center of the music of Ingrid and Christine Jensen. Over the past twenty years or so, as trumpeter and saxophonist respectively, the West Canadian sisters have each shaped prolific careers in contemporary jazz, collaborating with influential names such as Clark Terry, Maria Schneider and Terry Lynn Carrington, working with large and small ensembles, and responding to various commissions to compose for jazz orchestras around the globe. For their Whirlwind debut, the Jensens have realized a long-held ambition – to write for and perform in the more intimate setting of a quintet, combining their intuitive, sibling trust with the creativity of renowned guitarist Ben Monder and the foundational artistry of bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer Jon Wikan. (Pressetext)

Ingrid and Christine Jensen have been touring the world together melding rich melodies with flourid improvisations in a way that communicates beyond the telepathic. They both have had individually illustrious careers, with Ingrid tearing up the New York jazz scene with her effortless trumpet mastery, and Christine intertwining composition and saxophone performances with Montreal’s creative music scene.

Christine Jensen currently leads her own jazz orchestra as well as other diverse ensemble projects featuring her saxophone playing. She has won two Juno Awards for her recordings with her jazz orchestra, including Habitat (2014) and Treelines (2011) on Justin-Time Records. Mentored by Clark Terry, Ingrid Jensen leads her own quartet out of New York, as well being heard as a guest artist and soloist with many ensembles. She has consistently been rated one of the top 10 jazz trumpet players by both the Downbeat Critics and Readers polls for the last decade. A musician in the New York City area for over 30 years, Ben Monder has performed with a wide range of artists such as Theo Bleckmann, Paul Motian and Lee Konitz. He also contributed guitar parts to the last David Bowie album "Blackstar". Ben has
conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, NYU and the New School. (Pressetext)