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Brent Jensen / Bill Anschell / Chris Symer

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CURRENTLY #144 ON JAZZWEEK RADIO CHART

“...between the fertile minds of Bill Anschell and Brent Jensen...this is more than chemistry; it's ESP...”
- Harvey Siders, JazzTimes

As a follow-up to their lauded duo recording, "We Couldn't Agree More," soprano saxophonist Brent Jensen and pianist Bill Anschell decided to enhance their tonal palette, eliciting help from bassist Chris Symer as they explore a set of jazz standards with an uninhibited, free-wheeling interplay. Reminiscent of the great duo and trio recordings of Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre and the like, their in-the-moment creations are singular and timeless. "We Couldn't Agree More" consistently throws sparks at the listener and comes with about as high a recommendation as I can give an album. ? - Chris Robinson, Earshot Jazz.

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TRACKS:

1 All Blues 5:29 (M. Davis, arr. Symer)
2 Just Squeeze Me 7:48 (Ellington/Gaines)
3 How Deep Is The Ocean 4:20 (I. Berlin)
4 Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise 6:39 (Romberg/Hammerstein)
5 There Will Never Be Another You 4:26 (Warren/Gordon)
6 Blue Monk 4:02 (T. Monk)
7 I. O. U. 4:56 (Anschell/Jensen/Symer)
8 Star Eyes 3:49 (Raye/DePaul)
9 Yardbird Suite 3:11 (C. Parker)

PERFORMERS:

BRENT JENSEN - soprano saxophone
BILL ANSCHELL - piano
CHRIS SYMER - bass

PRODUCTION:

Produced by Brent Jensen
Recorded by Chris Spencer at SophiaHat Studios, Seattle, WA
on June 30, 2011
Mixed by Bill Anschell at Bill Anschell Studios, Shoreline, WA
Mastered by Dan Dean at Dan Dean Productions, Inc., Mercer Island, WA
Artwork by Aleksandra Alekseeva
Artist photos by Daniel Sheehan
Cover design and Layout by John Bishop

REVIEWS:

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Get those atavistic genes out of the back of the closet and wear them proudly for this spiritual journey through the past when cats like Jimmy Guiffre would make dates under their own name that would sound nothing like their work for others but would take creativity to some place else. The original sax/piano duo adds a bassman to bring the color an ...
Jazz Society of Oregon (George Fendel)
This isn't the first time that Anschell and Jensen have found their way into a recording studio. But it is their initial effort in pre­senting a set of jazz standards. Anschell has been an in-demand Seattle artist for some years now, and I believe that Jensen is still based somewhere in that jazz mecca called Idaho. Bassist Symer, a new name to me, ...
All Music Guide (Ken Dryden)
Since Bill Anschell moved from Atlanta to the Pacific Northwest, he's had many recording opportunities as a result of the busy jazz scene in the area. One result was his working relationship with saxophonist Brent Jensen, with whom he had recorded an earlier duo CD (We Couldn't Agree More) and a quartet session (One More Time). To find a different ...

 

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