Jensen shows a knack for integrating influences while revealing a compelling artistic vision.
Portland saxophonist/composer/arranger Tim Jensen defines eclectic with his newest CD "A Mind for the Scenery." Utilizing the most creative and dynamic members of the Northwest's bustling jazz scene, Jensen takes them on a ride through a collection of altenatively soulful, swinging, energetic and pensive original compositions, and a totally original version of the classic "Green Dolphin Street." Featuring Randy Porter, Jeff Uusitalo, Gary Hobbs, Rob Scheps and Paul Mazzio, " ... Scenery" is surely a future contender for year end "best of" lists.
1 SAUSAGE 8:13
2 RUSTY RAYBURN AND PIGGY LEE 4:40
3 GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 5:42
4 MY BACK PAGES 6:13
5 CARSON CITY 6:14
6 LAMENT FOR LARRY 5:31
7 FIASCO 8:38
8 MAMBRINO FLATS 9:09
9 FELPHAM'S VALE 5:18
TIM JENSEN - saxophones
RANDY PORTER - piano
GARY HOBBS - drums
PHIL BAKER - bass
DAVE CAPTEIN - bass
REINHART MELZ - percussion
ROB SCHEPS - saxophone
KIRT PETERSON - alto sax
JEFF UUSITALO - trombone
PAUL MAZZIO - trumpet
BRENDA BAKER - vocal
recorded at FALCON STUDIOS, Portland, OR
engineered by DENNIS CARTER
mixed by DENNIS CARTER & TIM JENSEN
mastered at NETTLEINGHAM AUDIO by
cover photo by JERRY JENSEN
back photo by TODD BISHOP
layout & design by JOHN BISHOP/OriginArts
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan )
Red flags flare up when a disc comes in with the tag "eclectic" lurking in the press material. The New Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word as "selecting or made up of what seems best of varied sources." But the word sometimes serves as a shorthand forķin the world of music assessmentķunfocused or lacking continuity of vision. Fortunately, m ...
The Oregonian (Marty Hughley)
Not horning in on fame The best-known musicians on the Portland jazz scene tend to be those who've achieved a good measure of national notice (Tom Grant), kept their names out front as bandleaders (Thara Memory) or served for decades as reliable if low-key masters of the craft (Phil Baker). But name recognition can sometimes take a while to c ...
One Final Note (Dave Dupont)
On A Mind for the Scenery, Tim Jensen proves himself to be a multiple musical threat. He composed eight of the nine tracks, one including lyrics, and he arranged all of them. He performs on seven different reed instruments, unveiling them all within the first six tracks. And he even does a little singing. This cat deserves a couple union cards at l ...
Berman Music Review (Tom Ineck)
Like much of the bountiful fruit harvested at Origin Records in Portland, Ore., Tim Jensen's "A Mind for the Scenery" challenges the listener from the get-go. Jensen is a composer and reed player of eclectic tastes, versatility, technique and audacious creativity. He also is an arranger and a bandleader who knows how to surround himself with lik ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
From Tim Jensen, a sax player roving between the two areas of influence of Detroit and the Northwest (Portland to be exact), comes this, his second album. It's an interesting set, largely of original compositions. The range covered on the album makes it rather difficult to categorize, specifically as one style or another, but the bulk could be plac ...
Jazz Times (David Franklin)
A Mind for the Scenery (Origin), from Portland, Ore., woodwind player Tim Jensen, offers a potpourri of styles, from funk to funereal to free, and there's not a dull moment on it. Its fine soloists tend to favor the mainstream post-Coltrane modal/hard bop approach when not taking the occasional free-jazz flight. But Jensen's arrangements of his own ...
Jazz Review (Michael Laprarie)
"A Mind for the Scenery" provides Portland, Oregon-based woodwind artist and arranger Tim Jensen with a broad canvas on which to lay out his considerable talents. This CD is the second solo effort by Jensen; otherwise, he stays busy in and around the Pacific Northwest as a guest artist and sideman, and also tours with singers and stage shows. I ...