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Whirlwind Recordings Releases

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    Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler

    Release Year: 2018

    For trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist/clarinettist Steve Treseler, paying tribute to the late Kenny Wheeler was a calling. The Canadian-born, British-based composer/trumpeter has almost incalculably influenced generations of musicians, working alongside a who’s who of artists including Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, John Taylor and Norma Winstone – and a famously unassuming persona belied his unequivocal prominence from the mid-1970s onwards as a free-spirited jazz pioneer.

    Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler reinterprets works from his prolific catalog honed from “a list of around thirty tunes we wanted to do,” recalls Treseler. “The news of Kenny’s death had a big effect on me and I reached out to Ingrid about putting together a tribute concert, and that conversation evolved into making a record. Ingrid and I are both devoted Kenny fans and we both had the opportunity to work with him in person. Ingrid’s band – Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Martin Wind (bass) and Jon Wikan (drums) – was playing at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho, so we booked two nights at Seattle’s Royal Room, as well as the studio session. Between the shows, which were featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America, we tracked the album (with guest saxophonist Christine Jensen and vocalist Katie Jacobson).” The energy of those performances is brought together here.

    Press Highlights

    “She’s [Jensen] incorporated his [Wheeler’s] balletic leaps into her own voice and repays her debt to hism with performances that find the heart of the late trumpeter’s distinctive compositions.”
    ★★★★ DownBeat Magazine 

    “Jensen and Treseler’s album is a beautiful testament to this self-effacing maestro [Wheeler].”
    ★★★★ 1/2 All About Jazz 

    “Jensen shows unexpected variety, from even tempered underplay to some unexpected Ellington growls and hues on ‘Old Time’.”
    ★★★★ DownBeat Magazine 

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    Infinitude

    Release Year: 2016

    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. The particular rapport within this grouping is expressed by Christine (composer of half of this album’s material), describing the environment as being less about soloing, but with an emphasis on the question, “How are we all going to dive into this pool and swim together.” The resulting immersion, recorded in the studio across two days, sounds both live and organic, with Ingrid confirming her close relationship with her sister: “It doesn’t actually feel like we’re producing. We already have this flow which continues as we perform together – we can find space, and craziness, and find our way in and out of it, as well.”

     

    Press Highlights

    “It is the combined years of experience that render the communication amongst Infinitude’s five players so fluid, so seemingly effortless and yet so intrinsically deep”.
    ★★★★½ All About Jazz 

    “This is an album of fine writing and sublime musicianship.”
    Bebop Spoken Here

    “The arrangements are filled with air and light, allowing the listener to be completely enthralled with the gorgeous tone of both horns.”
    The Jazz Breakfast 

As a Leader

  • Spirals

    Release Year: 2011

    “Invoking the album’s titular theme, the quintet explores the different connotations spirals suggest across an array of moods, rhythms, and textures, from the swirling drum-n-bass undertones of the ebullient anthem-like opener “Travel Fever,” to the tranquil introspection of “Yew.”

    Encompassing a variety of approaches, from turbulent drama to serene lyricism, Nordic Connect’s verdant interpretations of their ancestral homeland’s rich heritage make Spiralsa compelling example of Scandinavian jazz at its most eloquent and harmonious.” – Troy Collins (All About Jazz)

    Ingrid Jensen – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Electronics
    Christine Jensen – Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
    Maggi Olin – Piano, Fender Rhodes
    Mattias Welin – Acoustic Bass
    Jon Wikan – Drums, Cajón, Percussion

  • Flurry

    Release Year: 2007

    “Words like haunting and melancholy can be used to describe the vibe of the CD; but a sense of cool optimism pervades a sense of contemplative wonder. On Jensen’s “Things I Love” you can feel a tinge of mystery. Olin plays the Fender Rhodes here, with its “icicle snapping” (Nordic?) sound, while Wikan adds a contrasting warmer color on the cajón.” – Dan McClenaghan (All About Jazz)

    Ingrid Jensen – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Effects
    Christine Jensen – Alto and Soprano Saxophones)
    Maggi Olin – Piano, Fender Rhodes
    Jon Wikan – Drums, Cajon, Percussion
    Mattias Welin – Bass

  • At Sea

    Release Year: 2005

    ‘I lived along the shining sea ~ Was there my true love came to me ~ In dreamy, misty afternoons~ And evenings filled with summer moons…(excerpt from the lyrics of At Sea by Ingrid Jensen)

    “It’s you, it’s you. Keep it!!!”- My grade 9 English teacher wrote beneath a poem of mine that recently inspired me to write lyrics for At Sea. Her words of excitement ring loudly in my ears as I listen back to the music on this recording, my first for ArtistShare. As with life, love and learning, come many peaks and valleys, so has my journey been one of joys and pitfalls. More joy, by far, as I grow and embrace my ‘path’, documenting various episodes with music and ideas that evolve out of my many adventures.

    Geoffrey Keezer – Piano, Fender Rhodes, Keyboards
    Jon Wikan – Drums, Cajón, Palmas, Percussion
    Matt Clohesy – Acoustic Bass
    Lage Lund – Guitar on Tracks 5 & 8
    Hugo Alcázar – Cajón, Batajón, Djembe on Track 7

    Engineered by Joe Ferla and Eric Troyer

  • Now as Then

    Release Year: 2003

    “Among the highlights are two Wikan/ Jensen cocreations: “Silver Prelude/Silver Twilight,” a waltz featuring Steve Wilson’s alto flute; and “R Hour,” a mellow swing chart with a devil or two in the details (namely a nine-bar A section and an AAB form).” – David R. Adler (JazzTimes)

    Ingrid Jensen – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
    Jon Wikan – Drums
    Christine Jensen – Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
    Steve Wilson – Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone
    Gary Versace – B-3 Organ (Hammond)
    Seamus Blake – Tenor Saxophone

  • Higher Grounds

    Release Year: 1999

    Gary Thomas – Tenor Saxophone and Flute
    Ed Howard – Bass
    Victor Lewis – Drums
    Dave Kikoski – Piano, Fender Rhodes

  • Here on Earth

    Release Year: 1997

    Gary Bartz – Alto and Soprano Saxophones                                 
    George Colligan – Piano, Electric Piano                                       
    Dwayne Burno – Bass                                                                       
    Bill Stewart – Drums                                                                           
    Jill Seifers – Vocals

  • Vernal Fields

    Release Year: 1994

    Steve Wilson – Alto and Soprano Saxophones
    George Garzone – Tenor Saxophone
    Bruce Barth – Piano
    Larry Grenadier – Bass
    Lenny White – Drums